It is easy to get stuck in the destructive cycle of substance misuse and addiction is easy. It can happen to anyone anytime, and it’s often hard to break free. But it’s not impossible. With the right help and support, you can end your addiction and start living a healthier, happier life.
The first step in disrupting the cycle is to become aware of it. The next step is to find an effective treatment program. This is where an intensive outpatient program (IOP) comes in.
What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program?
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a treatment that provides intensive, individualized care while allowing the person to live at home and continue working or attending school.
The following are characteristics of IOPs:
- Treatment is individualized, so the number of sessions and length of treatment will be based on the person’s needs.
- They can vary in length and intensity, but they typically last 3-4 months and meet 3-5 times per week for 2-3 hours at a time.
- They are designed to treat substance use and mental health disorders which often go hand-in-hand with addiction.
- Treatment is typically provided by a team of counselors, therapists, and support staff who work together to address all aspects of the person’s life.
- For individuals who have already completed a residential treatment program, an IOP can provide much-needed support when relapse happens to get back on track to recovery.
Using the Matrix Model in IOP
Here at Grace Counseling, we use the Matrix Model of treatment, an evidence-based model. This unique program incorporates aspects of other treatment styles to equip clients with the practical tools needed to get and stay sober. During this individualized program, patients will be given the skills to help them find freedom from the disease of addiction. They will learn how to identify triggers, those sights, sounds, smells, stressors, people, and environments that heighten the likelihood of use or relapse. Some common triggers include:
- Negative friendships or associations. Sobriety is constantly challenged when those around an individual in recovery use and abuse drugs and alcohol.
- Mental health. Stress is a significant trigger. It can exacerbate mood disorders like depression or anxiety, leading individuals to abuse substances to relieve distress.
- Living conditions. Just like being around old friends and associates who use, returning to certain places can trigger a relapse.
- Social settings. When in the early stages of recovery, an IOP can help individuals learn to navigate social events and avoid triggering situations.
While it helps individuals identify, avoid, and eventually overcome triggers, an intensive outpatient program teaches healthy coping mechanisms and positive habits.
Yoga Therapy and Nutritional Counseling
Here at Grace Counseling, we love providing comprehensive treatment for our patients. Thus, we go above and beyond in our IOPs. During our substance misuse treatment program, patients learn from our yoga instructors and dietitians. The yoga therapy we offer helps our patients relax, de-stress, and focus on their sobriety. The nutritional counseling we offer helps patients eat a balanced diet, giving them the energy they need to power through recovery successfully. Our intensive outpatient treatment options provide a holistic approach that allows clients to have a well-rounded recovery.
Consider Grace Counseling’s Intensive Outpatient Program
Whether you are coming out of a residential treatment program or are starting your sobriety journey, our intensive outpatient program (IOP) can help. IOPs provide the structure and support needed to overcome addiction and maintain long-term sobriety. If you are ready to take the next step in your recovery, please get in touch with Grace Counseling today at 844.564.0712