Once you decide that it’s time to get treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol, you’re probably wondering about your treatment options. The Mississippi Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center is pleased to offer several programs to meet the needs of individuals like you who are ready to get help.
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) may be an effective alternative to inpatient treatment for some patients. This treatment option provides an alternative for those who need more hands-on help but are unable to commit to a residential or inpatient program for drugs or alcohol.
Right now, you might have several questions, such as “Is IOP effective?” or “What are the differences between IOP and residential treatment for drugs or alcohol?” Let’s dive into what makes IOP a great option and whether or not it may be an effective treatment option for you.
What are the Differences Between IOP and Residential Treatment?
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are day programs where patients attend individual therapy and group sessions with other patients. The main difference is that you can go home or return to your sober living facility at the end of the day. However, the level and range of services is broader and more intensive than with a traditional outpatient program.
Individuals enrolled in our IOP program enjoy a high level of individualized care, including aftercare support to prevent relapse. However, some therapy options, recreation, and meals are reserved for residents. Because our facility is a relatively small, intimate treatment center, this option allows us to reach more people in the community who need help without sacrificing any of our services.
Our IOP Schedule
As a patient in our Intensive Outpatient Program, you will attend groups Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm. You also have access to weekly individual therapy appointments. Weekly therapy sessions are available by appointment during the day.
Who’s a Good Candidate for IOP?
With an intensive outpatient program, individuals needing help to overcome substance use disorders are able to maintain their work, school, or family obligations while getting personalized treatment and support. Because this option provides more freedom and less oversight outside of our treatment center, it’s not for everybody.
The ideal candidate for intensive outpatient treatment is someone who:
- Has a stable home and work environment
- Is fully committed to recovery
- Doesn’t require detox or round-the-clock medical support/supervision
This step can also be used as a part of a transitional continuum of care for those who have gone through inpatient or residential treatment but need additional support after leaving our facility. On the spectrum described by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, IOP is Level 2 of recovery.
Our Outpatient Treatment Program
Where does the outpatient treatment at the Mississippi Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center fall in terms of rehab options? Our facility provides a range of therapeutic IOP solutions that are designed to help you identify issues related to your addiction, incorporate tools and techniques for managing stress or avoid triggers, and work on adopting healthier coping mechanisms.
Our IOP patients attend groups 3 days a week for 3 hours a day. The length of our program depends on your assessment and individualized treatment plan, but most patients attend IOP for 2 – 3 months.
Some of the services available to individuals in our intensive outpatient program include:
Motivational interviewing is a process that therapists use to gauge motivation for using, any resistance to treatment or sobriety, and engage in self-reflection. You’ll also talk about your goals for recovery and life after treatment.
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). This type of therapy is geared toward helping you identify and overcome destructive behaviors and thought processes that lead to using.
12-Step or group therapy. These moderated programs have a long history of success that’s based on the original mission of AA. It gives you a chance to bind with others who share your struggle, work through the 12 steps to leading a sober life, and get feedback from your peers about challenges and support for your successes.
You may also benefit from individual therapy to deal with codependency, depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems that contribute or lead to drug or alcohol dependence. The program is followed up with aftercare to help you maintain sobriety after leaving our program.
Aftercare Services may Include:
- Weekly therapy sessions
- Weekly group meetings
- Attendance at a 12-step program in your community
- Periodic phone check-ins
- Alumni Community support
Best of all, this program is covered by most commercial insurance plans. Our Admissions Coordinators will help guide you through the process of verifying your insurance benefits for treatment.