Written by Valiant on Thursday, July 15th, 2021
Substance abuse intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) offer services for people who are suffering from drug and alcohol addiction but do not require medically supervised detoxification or 24-hr supervision. IOPs share some similarities with residential treatment programs, but the structures of the two are vastly different. IOPs allow you to continue direct services while adjusting to your new life at home or work.
IOPs provide treatment for substance abuse disorders and any other disorder that is associated with them. Patients have a specific number of hours to complete each week in individual, family, or group therapy but can go home after the daily program. IOPs primarily focus on relapse prevention, coping strategies, mental and emotional well-being, and re-establishing your life and relationships. They are typically held in substance abuse treatment centers, clinics, and hospital settings.
There are many benefits to using IOPs:
While IOPs are beneficial, they require a great deal of discipline and commitment. You have to work to remain dedicated to your recovery and consistently attend programs that will help you maintain sobriety even though you are not in the controlled environment that residential programs offer. If you maintain a realistic schedule, work with a therapist, and build a support system that can hold you accountable, you can stay focused on your sobriety and enhance your quality of life.
Intensive outpatient programs have been highly effective in treating people with substance use orders and mental health issues. This type of structure allows you to maintain regular commitments to family, work, and academic responsibilities while also getting help for substance use disorder. Valiant Living provides a variety of services for men who are currently struggling with addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with a potential addiction or would like more information on our services, call today to speak to a caring, trained staff member at (303) 952-5035.