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.