Is An Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program For Alcohol or Drug Addiction Right For You?
If you’re seeking addiction treatment for drugs or alcohol, intensive outpatient, also known as IOP, offers a flexible alternative to residential inpatient.
IOP provides more structure than you’ll find in other outpatient settings. At Cornerstone of Recovery Ohio, our IOP groups meet for three hours/day, three days/week, for a total of 10 weeks. However, the schedule is staggered to meet the needs of those who have work and family obligations, and patients have the ability to attend morning or evening groups to best accommodate their schedules.
Drug and alcohol treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all fix for those who struggle with chemical dependency. While residential treatment might be the best course of action for some people, we understand that it’s not always feasible for those with family, financial, or professional responsibilities who can’t take time away from their daily lives for a 28-day period. In such circumstances, IOP provides a reasonable alternative, while leaving the door open to higher levels of care should the need arise.
At Cornerstone of Recovery Ohio, we offer:
- Thorough addiction and bio-psycho assessments
- Group education and therapy
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy and education
- Schema Therapy
- 12-Step recovery meeting participation
- Coping skills to manage stress, anxiety and depression
- Meditation and spirituality
- Medication Assisted Therapy groups
- Aftercare programs
- Assistance with reporting requirements to the governing boards of certain vocations
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While these tools are an aid to the recovery process, they’re only effective if they’re applied in a way that allows for changes across the spectrum of a patient’s life. Certain situations and circumstances may require that a more rigorous residential inpatient program be pursued. To that end, we have an excellent residential facility on our main campus right outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, just a few hours away. Deciding which program best suits your needs is a critical decision, and the following should be taken into consideration:
- Do you require detox from drugs and alcohol? If it’s impossible to fully avail yourself of the benefits of IOP, and you’re still struggling to get clean, we recommend a safe, medically supervised detox program.
- Are there triggers and stressors at home? All of the recovery tools in the world are ineffective if you’re living with someone who still drinks and uses and doesn’t wish to stop. If your roommates, spouses, or family members are still using the very substances you’re trying to quit, then staying clean and sober in an IOP setting might prove extremely difficult.
- Are there co-occurring disorders that need to be addressed? In many cases, we find that addicts and alcoholics are self-medicating to deal with psychiatric conditions or severe trauma. Without the anesthetic of drugs and alcohol, they’re often incapable of caring for themselves until those other issues are dealt with. If you find that your life is unmanageable even while clean, then additional treatment may be warranted.
- Are you unable to stay clean and sober on your own? Many patients who struggle with drugs and alcohol find that even after detox they lack the impulse control to stay clean. A residential inpatient setting allows them to call a “time out,” so they can separate themselves from a lifestyle that’s intractably intertwined with their drinking and using.
- Are you unwilling to commit to the efforts of IOP attendance? Yes, there is more freedom in an IOP program, but there’s more responsibility as well, especially if you have work and family obligations. Some patients find that setting aside three hours/day, three days/week, on top of those other obligations, can be too stressful. Eventually they drop out of the program which often leads them back to drinking and using.
IOP isn’t for everyone, but for those willing to do whatever it takes to remove the shackles of addiction and alcoholism, it can be the key to a prosperous future. To determine if IOP at Cornerstone of Recovery Ohio is right for you, call our Admissions staff to discuss your options. Take your first steps toward a new way of life.
Cornerstone of Recovery
5003 Horizons Dr STE 110
Columbus, OH 43220