As you head into rehab to treat your addiction, you are going to find out it is a very different experience than what you might be used to experiencing. It’s a treatment process that is unlike anything that you have likely experienced in the past.
Why is that? A lot of it has to do with what’s on the line, considering the ramifications if you can’t recover from your addiction. Initially, the rehab facility’s administrative staff might point you towards residential treatment. That would certainly be the case if your addiction problem was anything beyond what other people would consider a moderate problem.
However, there should be room for you to go through an Intensive Outpatient program (IOP) if you wanted or needed to. It would depend on several factors, including:
- Your willingness or ability to commit to a residential treatment program
- The depth of your addiction
- The possibility of cooccurring psychological concerns
- Logistical concerns like available time
- The need to manage personal responsibilities at home, work, and or school
Assuming there would be viable reasons for you to choose an IOP option, you would still be in good hands. In fact, the treatment process would be similar to residential treatment with one major difference. You would be permitted to live at home during the treatment process. To be clear, going through an IOP would require that you abide by a very specific set of rules. Failure to do so would mean you might have to move into a residential treatment program at the same rehab or try another treatment center. As a point of reference, the rules should include;
- Being completely free of alcohol or drugs unless you were to have a doctor’s prescription
- Having to submit to random drug testing
- Making it to all scheduled appointments on time every time
- Making reasonable progress in the program at all times
As part of the IOP process, you would need to report to rehab at least three and sometimes up to five days a week. When you would report, it could be for as long as four to six hours of treatment each time. That is why they call it Intensive Outpatient treatment. While in the facility, you would do a lot of work as an individual with a therapist. If your therapist were to believe it would be beneficial to you, you might also spend time in group therapy and family therapy sessions. All of that begs the question, who will you cross paths with in rehab during an IOP.
Who Will You Interact With During IOP Addiction Counseling?
Without thinking much about it, you might assume the number of people you would interact with as part of an IOP would be small. The reality is quite different. There would in fact be a lot of people involved in helping you recover from your addiction. It would start with the administrative staff, who would be responsible for your intake and ongoing scheduling.
You might need to interact with the medical staff for drug testing. Finally, you would certainly have to interact with multiple therapists. As you would imagine, each therapist would play a huge role in your recovery. They would be the ones who would be charged with helping you learn the truth about your addiction. They would also help you develop better coping and life skills you would use to better manage your triggers and issues. If you were to participate in group therapy, your interactions with other clients could prove invaluable.
As you discuss addiction and learn about each other, it would provide a chance for each participant to start developing support resources for future use. Finally, family therapy might be a part of the overall program. If there was significant damage within family relationships, you would certainly want to work that out in a therapeutic setting. It would give family members a chance to heal old wounds, which could eventually lead to key family members being great support resources in the future.
That’s a lot of people you would need to interact with in rehab. The good news is we can give you the opportunity to do just that. We could bring you in for treatment and let those groups of people save your life. If that is something you want to do at this time, we are ready to help you. To get you started towards the path of recovery, you would need to pick up the phone and call one of our reps at 833-610-1174.