What’s the Difference Between IOP and Outpatient Addiction Treatment?

Struggling with a substance abuse disorder can be debilitating. It can take hold of your life and drastically impact it, preventing you from functioning normally and performing even the most basic everyday tasks you usually take for granted. If you have been stricken by an addiction that has taken control of your life and have acknowledged that you have a serious problem, it is the first step toward recovery. However, you must take that next important step toward reclaiming your sobriety and life as a whole by getting rehabilitation. Two options that are available to you are outpatient treatment and intensive outpatient services. It’s important to know what these programs entail and how they vary to determine which is the right one for you.

What is Outpatient Addiction Treatment?

While the most severe addictions, such as oxycodone or heroin, are most successfully treated with inpatient rehabilitation, if you have a milder addiction, outpatient rehab can greatly benefit you. Outpatient treatment is also the best option for individuals who need a rehabilitation program that is flexible and can work around their busy schedules.

Outpatient rehab is more flexible as it allows you to stay at home and work, take care of your family and other needs. Treatment sessions can be scheduled throughout the week at times that are convenient for you. When you are in an outpatient rehab program, you must keep up with your sessions every day they’re scheduled and make a commitment to attend your therapy to ensure that you don’t relapse and begin using again.

On average, outpatient rehab lasts around three to six months. Depending on your particular situation, the substance you have abused, severity of your addiction and more factors, you are may have to participate in full-day programs lasting eight hours or much smaller programs that require you to meet only one or two hours per day.

While many people choose to live at home to take care of their family and personal commitments, there is also the option of staying at a sober living home while overcoming their addiction. This is a good choice because it allows you to be in constant contact with individuals who are going through the same thing as you and you can give each other much-needed support. Staying at a sober living facility can also be helpful in eliminating temptations that might prompt you to start using again.

What is Intensive Outpatient Addiction Treatment?

With an intensive outpatient addiction program (IOP), you are given a higher level of care than in a standard outpatient treatment program. It is similar to inpatient rehab and requires more time in treatment programs, usually around 12 hours per day. IOP is appropriate for you when you have a more serious substance abuse problem but are not so far gone that you require inpatient rehab treatment, which is a bit more comprehensive. However, if you have already undergone inpatient rehab treatment and are transitioning back to sober living, you may benefit from an intensive outpatient addiction program.

IOP is a good option if you are able to perform your normal everyday duties at home and work but still feel the temptation to relapse. The program allows you to network with others who serve as a strong support group to ensure your long-term sobriety and a safe place to share your thoughts and feelings in therapy sessions. You can also expect to attend aftercare support sessions that can help you to continuously thrive after you have completed your rehab treatment program.

There are different types of therapy sessions that you can find very helpful in IOP. They include the following:

• Individual cognitive behavioral therapy helps you to get to the core reason of why you started using the substance in the first place and teaches you new behaviors and time management skills that allow you to make better decisions and are less likely to relapse. You can also learn how to identify specific triggers that can lead to a relapse and learn better ways to deal with those triggers.

• Group therapy can help when you and others have the opportunity to share your stories as you have been in the same situation. It helps everyone to get more support and is empowering as you all strive to reclaim your sobriety.

• Family therapy is another option that involves having your family members take part in counseling sessions with you. It can help the family dynamic and encourages you to stay sober for the long term.

IOP also frequently involves attending 12-step recovery programs and relapse prevention education.

If you are ready to take that big step toward getting sober, our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call 770-299-1677 at your earliest convenience.