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Intensive Outpatient Alcohol & Drug Rehab In Columbus OH
IOP: Origins and What the Program Involves
How unique is the treatment provided by Cornerstone of Recovery Ohio? According to Director of Ohio Operations Kimberly Bonta, “It’s uncommon for an Intensive Outpatient program to stand on its own while providing effective treatment for addicts and alcoholics, which is something our team at Cornerstone of Recovery Ohio prides itself on being able to accomplish.”
Part of that success can be attributed to the facility’s connection to the Cornerstone treatment programs in East Tennessee. The Cornerstone staff knew from the beginning that developing a quality treatment program could only be achieved by remaining faithful to the principles that helped establish Cornerstone’s reputation as one of the premier alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs in the nation. We recognized a need for Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) in the Columbus, Ohio, area, and Cornerstone of Ohio was established to address the needs of Ohioans with drug and alcohol addiction.
“Our focus is IOP; we’re not trying to shift people into programs in which they don’t belong,” Bonta says. “We have the flexibility of both day and evening programs. Our therapists all have master’s degrees in counseling or social work, as well as independent licenses in chemical dependency counseling.”
Cornerstone of Recovery Ohio offers therapeutic tools that have proven especially effective in the treatment of alcoholism and addiction. One approach is Schema Therapy, which evolved out of a cognitive behavioral framework and integrates elements of several other psychological approaches to identify the patient’s primary life traps, or dysfunctional life patterns. Schema Therapy contributes to individuals’ improved understanding of how they view themselves and the world around them, how they have learned to cope, and how their prior coping strategies may contribute to their current life problems. Through Schema Therapy, patients often see that their coping mechanisms, like drugs and alcohol, may provide temporary relief but also keep them stuck in self-destructive patterns.
“We follow most of the same therapeutic models as the Tennessee facility, but we allow our therapists to get as creative as they want,” Bonta says. “We have three separate IOP groups; one is offered during the day and two in the evenings. We recently added a day MAT-IOP that endorses medication management. Finally, we offer Aftercare and Continuous Care for impaired professionals who are working with the various medical licensing boards and need to be monitored.”
Who Is Appropriate For IOP, and How Does the Process Begin?
The Intensive Outpatient (IOP) level of care was developed to accommodate the needs of individuals with substance use disorders who do not meet diagnostic criteria for residential or inpatient treatment. Structured IOP treatment is offered at Cornerstone of Recovery Ohio to allow patients to continue with work and family obligations while participating in a comprehensive treatment program. For those who are able to participate in IOP, the program has many advantages including the ability to build support for recovery in one’s own residential community. IOP at Cornerstone of Recovery Ohio is offered in a comfortable, newly-remodeled facility with views of the Scioto River.
“I’m a social worker at heart and I believe that all people deserve treatment, deserve to be respected, and deserve to receive care in a nice facility. We have a beautiful facility in a centrally located office building,” Bonta says. She goes on to say, “Patients often comment that the Ohio facility is too nice and that they do not deserve such a place.” Bonta tells them, “Yes, you do – you absolutely deserve to be here!’”
Over time, we have established referral sources who appreciate the quality and consistency of our programs. Our sources include prominent employee assistance programs, universities, professional monitoring programs, hospitals and medical facilities, and law offices. They rely on Cornerstone of Ohio to not only provide the best possible treatment but to keep them informed of their referrals’ progress. They trust the experience, expertise, and recommendations of the facility’s staff members. In addition, many patients are referred by alumni of Cornerstone of Recovery, those who are now leading satisfying, sober lives and are enjoying the benefits of recovery. Although Cornerstone of Ohio doesn’t provide medical detox or residential inpatient treatment, the facility works closely with the Tennessee facility to ensure that patients are provided with the highest quality of care before they enter the Ohio IOP program. If referral to Cornerstone of Recovery in Tennessee is not an option, our staff members will work to refer to treatment facilities in the Columbus area, many of whom also use Cornerstone of Ohio’s IOP program as a referral source for their own patients. Patients also qualify for IOP at Cornerstone of Ohio if they are seeking transitional care and support after completing residential treatment. Multiple studies have found that those who leave inpatient treatment and enroll in a structured outpatient tend to have greater success in achieving long-term sobriety.
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We understand that financing treatment can be burdensome. We accept and are in-network with most major insurance plans, as well as Medicaid, CareSource, Molina, UHC Community Plan, Paramount, and Buckeye. At Cornerstone of Ohio, patients from across the socio-economic spectrum find equal footing because we know that the diseases of addiction and alcoholism do not discriminate. At our facility, all of our patients are treated equally and receive the same message: the misery suffered from the disease can be lessened and eventually stopped, and that a new way of life will give them opportunities they never dreamed were possible.
What Are IOP and Aftercare Like?
Patients have a choice of enrolling in morning or evening IOP groups, all of which meet for three hours at a time, three days/week, for 10 weeks. Group size is limited to 12 individuals, a standard set by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, guidelines that closely align with our own principles: the smaller the group, the more individualized care each patient is able to receive.
Groups begin with a check-in that gives patients time to process any struggles or successes they have recently experienced. Patients are provided the opportunity to process emotions and feelings around the events in their lives affecting their recovery. Check-in is followed by a 10-15 minute spiritual reading and a general discussion about the reading. Groups include an educational component about topics such as triggers and cravings, family roles, PAWS (post-acute withdrawal symptoms), and the basic nature of their diseases. Finally, patients are given the opportunity to give presentations of various therapeutic assignments including, but not limited to, their individual histories, AA/NA Steps 1, 2, and 3, and their Schema work.
Following completion of IOP, we do not cut ties with our patients. Aftercare meetings are held weekly at our facility and are provided free of charge to any former clients who wish to maintain a connection with our program. Bonta stresses, “Aftercare is about living in the real world and is key to long-term sobriety. There is no termination date for Aftercare attendance. One alumnus has been returning to Cornerstone of Ohio for six years. It provides him with additional stabilization and an opportunity to remain engaged with the place that helped him lay a foundation of recovery, as well as a chance to give back to those earlier in their journey.”
“We offer the Women’s Aftercare Program for women who don’t feel comfortable in blended groups for male and female patients,” Bonta says. “Some women go to both, and we make that available to them, but we have a separate women’s program because there are a lot of female issues that come up – self-esteem, body image, maintaining a mother-work balance, and navigating a sexual relationship in recovery. These are not issues some women feel comfortable discussing in 12 Step meetings or in blended continuous care groups.”
There is no termination date for Aftercare attendance. One alumnus has been returning to Cornerstone of Ohio for six years, because it provides him with additional stabilization and an opportunity to remain engaged with the place that helped him lay a foundation of recovery, as well as a chance to give back to those earlier in their journey.
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What If IOP Doesn’t Work?
Relapse is not a requirement for recovery, but it can be part of the journey to recovery from alcoholism and addiction. If an IOP patient relapses, the next steps are determined on a case-by-case basis, which may involve additional work such as a focus on relapse recovery therapy, family therapy sessions, or requirements to attend more 12-Step meetings.
Other possible determinations following a relapse include referring patients to a higher level of care, either at our Tennessee facility or another residential treatment center in the Ohio area. Our affiliation with the Tennessee facility allows Cornerstone of Recovery Ohio staff members to access a patient’s treatment progress if they are transferred to the Tennessee facility. This access, combined with the ability for staff to communicate between the two facilities, helps the patient receive the best personalized treatment plan, while providing continuity of care. Cornerstone of Ohio also provides monitoring for some of the Tennessee facility’s Professionals Program patients, including those who seek treatment through the Railroad or Aviation program tracks. Our goal at Cornerstone of Recovery Ohio is to give patients their best chance at long-term recovery, using the resources Bonta and her team members have at their disposal.
“We recognize we are not the only viable treatment option. I truly believe that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear,” Bonta says. “We do not have the mentality that we’re the only facility that can get them sober.”
Cornerstone of Ohio staff members recognize that alternative resources are sometimes needed to meet a patient at whatever place they are in their recovery journey, including other treatment options. The staff works hard to facilitate referrals that will provide the most effective treatment for that patient.
“Sometimes patients need to be referred to a higher level of care, but we will always refer them to a program that will help them and give them the best chance to stay clean and sober,” Bonta adds.
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