Pine Tree Recovery Center
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) is the next level after detoxification and inpatient addiction treatment. IOP is ideal for individuals who do not need around-the-clock clinical care and who have either already completed medical detox and inpatient rehab or who do not necessarily need a higher level of care. It can be difficult to determine which level of care is the most appropriate – while we do recommend that every individual undergo medical detox and inpatient rehab regardless of the severity of their substance abuse disorder, we understand that not everyone can commit to a long-term, residential treatment program. Perhaps you have dependents that you must care for, or perhaps you have a career that demands some of your time. Regardless of your current circumstances, we develop a unique and highly personalized recovery plan to meet all of your needs while providing you with the highest level of clinical care available.

At Pine Tree Recovery Center our IOP program provides men and women in Portland, Maine and all surrounding areas with quality clinical care coupled with a greater amount of personal freedom than they would find in a residential treatment facility. Our IOP program takes place three to four times a week for between 3 and 4 hours a day, and includes a combination of group therapy sessions, a continuation of weekly individual therapy and a wide range of classes geared towards relapse prevention and the development of crucial life skills. Our program is ideal for individuals who have recently completed a residential treatment program and are looking for the next appropriate level of clinical care or who have been suffering at the hands of a mild substance abuse disorder and do not require inpatient treatment. If you believe that IOP might be an appropriate level of care for you but you are not entirely sure, feel free to give us a call to discuss further. Our Treatment Advisors conduct brief pre-assessments over the phone that help us determine which level of clinical care is going to best meet your individual treatment needs. As soon as you are ready to reach out for help, give us a call – we will gladly answer any additional questions you may have and get you admitted to our IOP program as quickly as possible.

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If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, you should know there is a way out. Addiction, although complex, is a treatable chronic disease. With the right treatment you or your loved one can avoid the devastating consequences of addiction. Finding the right treatment program is the first step to long term recovery. With the right treatment plan, a healthy, happy life free from dependency on drugs or alcohol is possible.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Services at Pine Tree Recovery Center in Portland, Maine is conveniently located within 100 miles from Boston, Massachusetts or Concord, New Hampshire. Our Bishop Street location is a world class facility just minutes from the Maine coast, between I-95 and 295. Our facility maintains relationships with several area sober living homes for clients who need help with local placement.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), any treatment program shorter than 90 days may be considered ineffective. A stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility would ideally be followed with an outpatient program that continues to support those in recovery with their transition from residential services back to their home life. Outpatient programs are the nexus of successful aftercare programs and can range from daily or weekly individual or group meetings to intensive programs that more closely resemble inpatient rehabilitation. Such programs, called Intensive Outpatient Programs, or IOPs, are intended for clients who need additional structure in their therapeutic settings. Those for whom an IOP is most appropriate have already gone through residential treatment and are seeking a treatment provider who will support their continued recovery for best success in the long term.

Pine Tree Recovery Center’s clients receive individualized treatment plans catered to their particular needs and have access to all IOP services we offer throughout their recovery.

The IOP Services We Offer

Here are many of the services that we offer as part of our comprehensive intensive outpatient program:

  • Life skills training – We work hard to teach our clients all of the skills they will need to reintegrate as productive members of society while actively pursuing their own personal life goals.
  • Relapse prevention training – Relapse prevention is a crucial component of every successful recovery program. We help clients identify their personal relapse triggers and successfully work through these triggers with healthy coping mechanisms. Relapse triggers vary on a person-to-person basis, which is why individualized care is so important. Clients are able to offer peer support and openly discuss what triggers they have faced once returning home from our IOP program.
  • Vocational training – Finding and maintaining a job is an important part of early recovery. We teach our clients how to develop professional resumes, how to interview for a position successfully and how to ultimately work towards financial independence. As part of vocational training we also teach clients how to effectively budget their money.
  • The implementation of healthy and effective communication skills – Group therapy sessions allow clients to communicate with one another in a healthy and productive manner. If any issues arise within the IOP group our licensed therapists facilitate healthy conflict resolution and continue teaching communication skills.
  • Family involvement – Family involvement is crucial to long-term sobriety. In many instances, the family dynamic will have been severely damaged by active addiction. We offer family therapy sessions as well as numerous other family-oriented resources and services.
  • Thorough and personalized aftercare planning – Once an individual completes our IOP program, he or she will either continue with a lower level of clinical care or return to fully independent living. Our case managers help clients develop thorough aftercare plans that lend themselves to success in sobriety.
  • Sober living housing placement – Some of our clients come to us without a place to live. If this is the case we help them find a reputable sober living home in the immediate area.
  • Individual therapy services – Individual therapy sessions are held at least once a week, and allow clients a safe place to work through the recovery-related issues that are unique to them.
  • Dual diagnosis treatment and psychiatric care – If a client is suffering from a dual diagnosis disorder he or she will have access to professional psychiatric care.
  • Medication management – All current medications or medications that are prescribed while an individual is in our IOP program will be monitored by a medical professional.

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Freedom and the comforts of home can do wonders for a client who is further along in their recovery and has no need for medical supervision. Increased freedom, however, comes with increased responsibility. This is ideal and necessary for the client who is ready to walk a path towards freedom. It is not for everyone. It is important to consider other options if you believe you or your loved one may struggle with maintaining sobriety while away from treatment. Ideally, clients who choose IOP have safe and supportive living arrangements that are completely free from drug or alcohol use – either with family, or in sober housing arrangements.

How Long Does IOP Last?

The length of our IOP program varies depending on your personal needs. In most cases, IOP lasts for between three and six months – longer if the substance abuse disorder was more severe or if there are a combination of underlying and contributing factors (like mental illness, for example). We offer dual diagnosis treatment and trauma-informed care whenever necessary. In most cases, the individuals who are admitted to our IOP program are living in a sober living house in the immediate area and are transported to our facility five days a week. It is important to note that this is not a prerequisite, however. Many of our clients have recently returned home after an extended stay in an inpatient treatment facility. We understand that there are many additional stressors and potential relapse triggers that go hand-in-hand with returning home after a long-term stay in residential treatment. Our group therapy sessions are largely geared towards identifying and working through all potential relapse triggers in order to maintain long-term sobriety.

Once you are admitted to our IOP program you are assigned a case manager who walks you through every remaining step of the addiction recovery process. Your case manager helps you determine the next appropriate step once IOP comes to a close. The aftercare planning services we provide are highly individualized and extremely thorough. We want to ensure that our clients have all of the tools and resources necessary to maintain sobriety for the remainder of their lives.

In most instances, aftercare plans include some variation of the following:

  • A continuation of individual therapy – Most of our clients choose to remain with the therapist they saw while in our IOP program, seeing as this therapist already has a clear and comprehensive understanding of all personal issues and underlying, contributing factors.
  • Daily participation in a 12 step program – Continuing to participate in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous often proves to be essential to the maintenance of long-term sobriety. Not only do 12 step meetings provide clients with a built-in support system, but working through the 12 steps with a sponsor helps pave the road for continued success in recovery.
  • Psychiatric monitoring – In the case of our dual diagnosis clients, we arrange regular meetings with a licensed psychiatrist, who monitors the effectiveness of any prescribed antipsychotic medications.
  • Regular family therapy sessions – At Pine Tree Recovery Center we believe in the importance of restoring a healthy family dynamic. Active addiction greatly damages the functioning of the family as a whole, leaving individual family members hurt, confused and lost. We set up our clients with continued family therapy services so that when they do return home they are returning to a safe and supportive environment.

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    If you have been suffering at the hands of a mild or moderate substance abuse disorder or if you have recently completed a higher level of clinical care and are looking to take the next step on your personal journey of recovery, our IOP program is an ideal option. To learn more feel free to reach out at any point in time. Our Treatment Advisors are available to answer any additional questions you may have.

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