An Intensive Outpatient Program at Wavelengths only requires three to five days a week, for a few hours each day. It is a step down from inpatient-residential and partial hospitalization, and a step up from a regular outpatient treatment program.
After each session at our treatment center, clients return home to their families or roommates. Because of this independence, these programs are best suited for people who have a little bit of sobriety and drug counseling under their belt.
What You Get From IOP Treatment
Just like other treatment programs, the client in IOP will have access to individual therapy, group therapy, holistic therapy, medication management, case management, and vocational training.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs are meant to achieve:
- Structure and self-discipline
- Improve problem-solving skills
- Beneficial behavioral change
- Maintaining sobriety
- Developing a healthy support system (12 step groups, etc.)
- Address co-occurring mental health issues
- Address psychosocial issues (housing, employment, etc.)
Advantages of IOP include:
- Ability to tend to most responsibilities and obligations
- Ability to live at home
- More affordable than inpatient-residential
Disadvantages of IOP include:
- Care is not around-the-clock
- Higher potential for relapse
- Less structured than inpatient-residential
Common therapy themes in IOPs include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: The gold standard of addiction treatment, addressing the cycle of addiction related to thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
- Motivational Interviewing: MI is a way to work through hesitation of abstaining from drugs or alcohol. MI can teach the client to take responsibility over overcome reluctance to treatment.
- 12-Step Programs: Work the steps with a group that is participating in the same struggles you are, helping relate and communicate with others who understand.
- Relapse Prevention: Avoid triggers with a playbook for curbing cravings.
- Addiction Education: Learn about the mental and physical health implications of short-term and long-term drug abuse.
IOP vs Other Treatment Programs
The best treatment program for each individual is going to depend on their own unique circumstances.
Many people looking for treatment have some sort of chemical dependency on at least one substance of abuse. For these individuals, a detox program is best. In detox, they can get the 24/7 care they need to get through the brutal early days of sobriety.
After a person has detoxed, they may enter a regular inpatient-residential program. A typical inpatient-residential stay is anywhere from 30 to 90 days — but can last longer depending on an individual’s needs.
Those who don’t need 24/7 care are better suited for varying levels of outpatient care. PHP, IOP, and OP — respectively — can help a person slowly move away from more intensive forms of care back to the realities of normal life.
Ultimately, the choice of what program you wish to go through is up to you.
The admissions specialists at Wavelengths recovery can help walk you through what might be the best fit for you!
IOP in Huntington Beach, CA (Orange County)
Wavelengths Recovery has helped many people like you or your loved one through outpatient care. Our outpatient rehab in Huntington Beach is just a few blocks from the Huntington Beach pier.
Not only are our locations among the best in Orange County, but we put the effort in to make our services top-notch too. Join the many people going through a similar struggle and get started on your recovery journey today.
IOP in Petaluma, CA (Sonoma County)
Stretching our reach towards Northern California on our mission to help others, we’ve opened an outpatient treatment center in Petaluma. You can find us at The Great Petaluma Mill.
Here, you receive all the quality care you would get at our Huntington Beach locations. You’ll be able to choose from levels of care such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient programs.