Our Therapy Services: IOP for Substance Abuse
IOP for Substance Abuse
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Here at Heredia Therapy Group, we believe a reliable support system is vital for your recovery. Our Intensive Outpatient Program (also known as IOP) for Substance Abuse provides the care, guidance, and resources you need to navigate addiction.
Our IOP will help you foster self-regulation, develop insights, and behavior changes as you participate in a 12-step program and grow involved with sobriety. The idea is to identify clear objectives for a personalized treatment plan and post-treatment arrangements.
If you are seeking intensive outpatient support for substance abuse, we are here for you. Contact us or scroll down for more information about our IOP and how it can help you.
What Is an IOP?
An IOP is an Intensive Outpatient Program used to treat substance addiction, emotional issues, and other disorders that may not necessarily need inpatient or residential care (hospital, rehab facility, or psychiatric unit).
IOPs allow patients to live at home and carry on with their work, school, and other responsibilities while attending the program. Treatment may include a combination of meetings, therapy sessions, and assessments. The goal is to establish an all-encompassing support system that leads to sustainable healing.
What Is Substance Abuse and Addiction?
We typically use the terms substance abuse and addiction interchangeably, and while both are unhealthy and potentially life-threatening, it is helpful to know the difference.
Substance abuse is the unhealthy or unintended use of a substance. Anything from binge drinking to taking an unprescribed stimulant to help you study for a test counts as substance abuse.
Substance addiction (or just addiction for short) is a habitual and chemical dependence on that substance. For example, you might get addicted to your morning caffeine fix, your nightly alcohol, etc.
What these two things have in common is the inability to control the use of a licit or illicit drug – alcohol, opioids, OTC medications, you name it.
Common signs of substance abuse include:
- Intense urges to use the substance regularly (daily or several times a day)
- Increasing substance use to get the same effect
- Spending money on the substance, even when you can’t afford it
- Drastic changes in behavior or engaging in risky activities
- Problems at school or work
- Feeling ill if you try to stop using the substance
Given the complexity and severity of substance abuse, intensive care is an effective way to start recovering.
Is an IOP for Substance Abuse and Addiction Right for Me?
Timing is key when it comes to choosing the right kind of treatment.
If the abuse or addiction is severe, inpatient or residential care is recommended. Symptoms of withdrawal can often be incredibly stressful and often deadly, so for those experiencing severe cases of substance abuse and needing 24-hour supervision, the best choice is to seek emergency care and get transferred to inpatient treatment.
Patients may opt for an IOP right after being discharged from residential care to support their recovery. Some people may enter IOPs in conjunction with inpatient treatment to help ease the transition back into their lives. And others may not find full-time care feasible given their family, work, or economic situation, making IOPs the best choice.
If the situation is not severe or acute, some people may consider starting an IOP as a way to prevent the worsening of symptoms. If you are not sure if an IOP is right for you, please feel free to contact us to learn more.
How Can IOPs for Substance Abuse and Addiction Help?
Our IOP can help you:
- Abstain from substances (e.g., alcohol and illicit drugs)
- Access a customized treatment plan
- Engage in individual and group therapy sessions
- Participate in a 12-step program
- Improve life skills
- Reclaim a sense of self-worth
When opting for an IOP, you can expect to spend between 9 to 20 hours in treatment per week, as it involves a higher level of care than standard outpatient programs.
We facilitate individual therapy for our IOP patients for at least 9 hours a week. These sessions provide a healthy, supervised, and structured environment to support your healing.
Restoring and strengthening your family system is crucial for your recovery. Family therapy allows you to come together with your loved ones to open up, support each other, and find ways to navigate the challenges that come with substance abuse.
Participating in group therapy will let you interact with people in a similar situation within a safe and judgment-free space. You can share your struggle, learn different perspectives, and offer feedback—all with your therapist’s guidance.
Psycho-educational classes provide essential knowledge about substance abuse, addiction, dependence, and outcomes. The goal is to teach valuable information and healthy strategies to shift harmful behaviors and mindsets.
Some clients may have a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders, meaning they may suffer from a mood disorder (e.g., depression) and a substance abuse problem. In such cases, each illness needs its own treatment for proper healing. Psychological testing or assessments help us reach an accurate diagnosis and develop a customized treatment plan to suit your needs.
How Do IOPs for Substance Abuse Work at Heredia Therapy Group?
Here at Heredia Therapy Group, we offer an IOP to individuals, families, and children who struggle with substance abuse.
Upon admission, you will meet with a therapist and other specialists to address your needs and goals. We will develop a tailored treatment plan, meet weekly to review your progress, and discuss any required adjustments.
Discharge planning begins at admission. We will reassess your needs and goals as you go through the program and provide a discharge plan when the time comes. This may include referrals for continued medical or mental health care; sober living; employment, housing, social, and legal services.
Once discharged, we encourage you to continue your 12-step program, attend our facility events, and keep in touch.
If you need more information about our IOP for substance abuse or would like to book an appointment, reach out to us.
We will help you access the support, tools, and continued care you need to ease your recovery.
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