Some people, who need treatment for their addiction, are afraid to get that help. They’re afraid that they’ll lose the money their paychecks bring in because they’re unable to go to work while staying in the treatment facility. That’s one reason why outpatient programs exist. To help those who aren’t able to stay in the facility. Inpatient programs are always the best option, but they’re not always workable. Many treatment centers add an intensive outpatient program to their service list. This may make you wonder, “how does an intensive outpatient program work for people who have to work”?

Most people have jobs they need to earn a living and pay the bills. Some of those facing addictions have good jobs that put food on the table for their families, not just for themselves. Fear of losing your paycheck, for a little while, shouldn’t stop you from getting the help you desire. Outpatient programs will give you exactly what you need to become addiction-free. Plus, they’ll help you steer clear from your addiction for a long time to come.

How Does an Intensive Outpatient Program Work?

You’ll notice that treatment centers offer a couple of different types of outpatient programs. Your typical outpatient treatment is for those who have left an inpatient program and need some support when they return to their regular lives. Since most of their treatment was already done, the outpatient services are less strict and less monitored as the first part of their program was. An intensive outpatient treatment offers more structure and is more strict, like the inpatient program. It’s still very effective though. It gives you everything your treatment calls for while giving you the ability to go home each day to work and to spend with your family.

Once you’ve gone through an initial assessment, a treatment plan, catered to your situation, will be drawn up. Then, scheduling of all parts of your service plan will take place for the days and weeks of your treatment. How they’re set up will depend on your working schedule and what the center can provide. The length of your program will last also depends on your unique situation determined by the assessment.

What Does an Intensive Outpatient Program Offer?

Intensive outpatient programs can vary with each treatment center, but most will offer you the following key factors to help you stay on the right track. Those include:

  • One on One Counseling Sessions
  • Group Therapy Sessions
  • Drug Testing (for those facing drug addictions)
  • Alcohol monitoring
  • Life skills training
  • Crisis Management Support

Depending on your needs, there may be more options available, but these are pretty typical with most centers. There’s no one size fits all plan here. The training and counseling sessions will provide you with the best care you need for your lifestyle. You will be expected to attend all training, therapies, counseling sessions and any tests they ask you to take. It’s important that you are held accountable while you go through the treatment since you’re not as closely monitored like those in inpatient services are.

What are the Benefits of using an Intensive outpatient program?

We’ve already established that it works well with your employment and the ability to continue to make money for the bills. There are a few more ways that this type of program will benefit you, should you qualify for an intensive outpatient service. Some of those are:

Costs are Less- Inpatient programs cost significantly more than the intensive outpatient treatment would. By attending training sessions during the evening, and working during the morning, you’re able to save more money, so more of your paycheck can go toward what your family needs.

More support- By being able to stay home and work, you have the opportunity to gain much more support from your family and friends. They can be right there with you offering their shoulder to lean on and cheering you on to recovery. An inpatient program would only allow them access during certain parts of the treatment.

Securing more of your privacy- Attending an inpatient treatment program pretty much alerts everyone who knows you what’s going on with your life. When you attend outpatient sessions, no one knows, except you and those close to you. You have more control over who knows your private business.

The first step to recovery is getting treatment for the addiction. The next step is finding one that works with you and your needs. If you want to know more about intensive outpatient programs or want to see if you qualify, feel free to call us at 770-299-1677 we’ll be glad to help you.