Not all people with an addiction or eating disorder need to spend time in a residential treatment program. At times, “less is more” as the old saying goes. For example, for people who haven’t crossed the threshold of a profound addiction, an intensive outpatient program might be sufficient. The goal of treatment is never to cause stress through inconvenience. At Ocean Recovery Newport Beach recovery center, we prefer to offer our clients the least restrictive treatment option possible.
What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program?
During an entrance assessment, there are times when a clinician determines a prospective patient’s situation may not warrant residential treatment. A partial hospitalization program might work. However, that might still be too restrictive if detox and intensive therapy aren’t required. The next logical option on the list would be an intensive outpatient program, known as IOP.
This type of program is recognizable by its focus on group therapy. For the most part, these groups are kept small for maximum interaction between patients. In a group setting patients can work on social interactions and the development of relapse prevention skills. Furthermore, they can work on educating themselves about addiction and acquiring a better understanding of the importance of relationships in sobriety.
The focus on group therapy doesn’t mean individual treatment gets ignored. To the contrary, each patient will work with a counselor on personal issues. These therapy sessions are usually scheduled less frequently than the other types of more intensive options.
The Benefits of an Intensive Outpatient Program
As is the case with partial hospitalization programs, an intensive outpatient program allows for freedom and flexibility. The program affords patients the opportunity to continue with work and school, uninterrupted. In fact, our Ocean Recovery treatment center works closely with clients on an agreeable schedule to avoid conflicts. By removing the inconvenience factor, our clients seem more willing to submit to an intensive treatment plan.
As for the individual therapy portion of treatment, the goals remain the same as with any other treatment option. Here the patient gets an opportunity for self-discovery. They are usually looking for the core reasons for their addiction. Arriving at the core is a big part of the overall treatment process. In fact, this is the kind of work that will continue in an aftercare program.
The disease of addiction never goes away. In fact, it lies dormant until the opportunity arises to strike its host. Accordingly, to prevent relapse, the patient gains knowledge from therapy and coping skills from their groups. Moreover, they form support partnerships and mechanisms that will help them with relapse prevention well into the future.
About Ocean Recovery
Our proximity to one of the best beach areas in California provides an excellent setting for recovery. By creating a peaceful atmosphere, we hope our clients will relax, put their guards down and wholeheartedly submit to treatment.
Ocean Recovery has accreditation from CARF. We provide separate treatment facilities for men and women, which helps eliminate distractions. Furthermore, our treatment methodology supports each unique patient and his or her unique set of circumstances. We build on this method by using many different treatment modalities. The list includes:
- Art and music therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Family therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring conditions
- Extended care
We also treat clients with eating disorders at our intensive outpatient program.
If you find yourself fighting the disease of addiction, you might be close to asking for help. If you want recovery, the first step in asking for help needs to come from you. When you get to that place, you will find Ocean Recovery is just a phone call away at 800-641-2388. We can provide a “Foundation for Hope,” but you have to do the work. We can assure you that if you do it, lasting addiction recovery is within your reach. Just imagine a life outside the cycle of your addiction.