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What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

Successfully overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol requires more than just good intentions: you also need to enroll in the right kind of treatment program. One of the most popular programs for addiction treatment are intensive inpatient programs, or IOPs. What makes an Orange County IOP different from other addiction treatment programs is the fact that it allows clients to still live at home. Even with this additional level of freedom, IOPs still have the same effective addiction treatment options available to clients.

Who is an IOP For?

Orange County IOPs are a popular option because they make addiction treatment more accessible to people who are leery of living at the treatment facility. This could be because you have work or family obligations that you can’t put off in order to go to inpatient treatment.

How Long Does IOP Last?

As with all types of addiction treatment programs, an Orange County IOP will last for as long as you need it to. Typically, the minimum length of treatment is 90 days, but many clients find that they still need support beyond this time frame. It isn’t unusual for clients to stay in an IOP for 6 to 12 months to ensure that they are fully equipped with the tools they need to avoid relapsing once they complete their treatment. No matter how long you end up needing to stay in an IOP, the longer you are in the program, the less often you will have to come to the facility for treatment, so long as you are coping well and not falling back into bad habits.

Benefits of an IOP

Intensive outpatient programs have some very real advantages for clients, including:

  • They are very flexible, allowing clients to still hold down a job, go to school, or take care of their family.
  • They cost significantly less than inpatient addiction treatment programs.
  • Clients are still able to have one-on-one sessions with a therapist or counselor, which helps them to work through the negative emotions their addiction has caused in a comfortable, safe, and non-judgement environment.
  • Group sessions allow you to connect with people who understand what you are going through, and can provide support and suggestions to help you maintain your sobriety.
  • Alternative therapies provide an opportunity for you to learn new hobbies, keeping you from having too much free time, a known trigger for relapse.

How do I Know if I am a Good Candidate For an IOP?

Despite the appeal of not having to live at the treatment facility, IOP treatment is not for everyone. If you still live with someone who uses substances or someone who enables your addiction, or if you do not have a reliable place to live, an IOP is probably not right for you. You may also not be able to enroll in an IOP if your addiction is very severe, if you are at risk of having life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, or if you have already completed an addiction treatment program in the past but have since relapsed.

What to Expect at our Orange County IOP

Our Orange County IOP offer more rigorous treatment options than other outpatient addiction treatments, and require regular visits to the facility. Most clients will have treatment 3 to 5 days per week, and can often choose what time of day they come in so that they can still go to work or school, or take care of their family. Each client’s addiction recovery plan will depend on their individual goals and needs, but typical Orange County IOPs will offer most, if not all, of the following services:

Individual Therapy

While IOPs tend to focus more on group therapy, individual therapy is still a part of many people’s treatment plans. Sessions with a counselor or therapist help you to get to the bottom of what caused your addiction, as well as identify the situations or behaviors that trigger your drug use.

Group Therapy

Most IOPs utilize group therapy as their primary treatment option for clients. In group sessions, clients have the ability to talk about their struggles with people who understand what they are going through. It is also a good way to get suggestions for ways to cope with substance cravings, as well as celebrate milestones and other successes.

Complementary Therapy

Many IOPs offer what are called complementary therapies, which are often alternative therapies like exercise programs, music therapy, art therapy, and more. These types of programs often help you to find new, healthy ways to fill your time, keeping you busy and less likely to relapse.

Health Checks and Nutrition Support

One of the most important things to address when you are overcoming an addiction is the toll substance abuse has taken on your physical health. Going to regular doctor’s appointments for health checks, and learning how to eat a well-balanced diet, are both ways that IOPs can help you to heal physically.

Get the Help You Need With Our Orange County IOP

If you are currently dealing with an addiction, and would like to know more about intensive outpatient treatment programs, learn more about our admissions process. We can help you to decide if an IOP is right for you, as well as design a treatment program that will maximize your chances of success. Don’t let addiction keep controlling your life. Take back control with the help of an IOP in Orange County at Pacific Sands Recovery, and learn how fulfilling an addiction-free life can be.


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