When stuck in the same cycle of substance use and addiction, individuals regularly find they need to change their approach. By disrupting the cycle, individuals can finally start addressing the problems that have kept them addicted. This is where an intensive outpatient program (IOP) comes in. This structured program is meant to accommodate the daily routine of clients while pursuing recovery. What this means is that participants can still meet their family obligations and continue working.

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. At Grace Counseling, our IOP gives individuals access to the addiction treatment and mental health counseling they need to overcome their substance use disorder and heal.

Using the Matrix Model in IOP

Here at Grace Counseling, we use the Matrix Model of treatment, an evidence-based model recognized by the Surgeon General in his 2017 report on the opioid crisis called Facing Addiction. This program is unique because it incorporates aspects of other treatment styles to equip clients with the practical tools needed to get and stay sober. During this individualized program, individuals will be given the skills to help them find freedom from the disease of addiction.

In our intensive outpatient program, clients 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 always 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 their distress.
  • Living conditions: Just like being around old friends and associates who use, returning to certain places can trigger a relapse. When an individual’s living situation is dysfunctional, isolated, or economically stress, the risk of substance abuse increases.
  • Social settings: Parties or events where alcohol is prominent can trigger a relapse. 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 also 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 abuse treatment program, clients receive bonus lessons where our team brings our yoga instructors and our dietitian. Our yoga therapy improves the physical and mental health of clients. Similarly, our nutritional counseling gives individuals the information they need to continue to make healthy choices. Our intensive outpatient treatment options provide a holistic approach that allows clients to have a well-rounded recovery.

Freedom and Support

Individuals who complete an addiction treatment program routinely are less likely to relapse. However, IOP isn’t a cure for the disease of addiction. After completing our addiction treatment programs, we offer clients an Alumni Program to provide a community of support. This kind of support, encouragement, and accountability will only strengthen your ability to stay sober.