Considering Outpatient Treatment
Depending on the individual’s needs, outpatient treatment can be an excellent means of obtaining substance abuse recovery help. It is an option that offers intensive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention skills and psychoeducation, while allowing the recovering individual the opportunity to meet his or her life’s obligations with support. It is perfect for someone unable to take off time from work or school.
Studies show that outpatient treatment can be quite successful for those in recovery. The advantages of outpatient treatment vs. inpatient treatment are the benefits to allowing a patient to continue to live at home, and in some cases, work and attend school. While inpatient treatment removes those struggling with substance abuse from an environment that may have contributed to the development of drug or alcohol addiction to begin with, outpatient treatment provides a way to more accurately test the efficacy of ongoing treatment while a patient remains amidst those very triggers. In this way, it could more accurately assess the coping mechanisms of the person in recovery while continuing to provide them with intensive periods of support.
In addition, outpatient treatment challenges a patient to seek out and utilize sources of support in their home environment, such as in finding local self-help groups or other recovery mentors in the neighborhood that can help guide someone down the path of recovery.
The Aftercare Option
As an aftercare option, the transition from inpatient to outpatient treatment can be jarring, and the substance abuser in recovery will need the support of the community where he lives, works, and belongs. In addition to addressing the problems of addiction, the intensive outpatient treatment will also be able to accommodate and treat those with mild to moderate co-existing medical or mental health conditions. Real-life issues experienced by an individual in early recovery can be processed and therapeutically managed by attending an IOP group several days a week.
Stonewall Institute’s Intensive Outpatient Program is an evidence-based program utilizing the most proven therapeutic methods. These small groups take place in an upscale office environment and are facilitated by Master’s level licensed substance abuse counselors. Individual focus and mutual respect are maintained. This is an LGBTQ-affirmative program where all are welcomed.
Substance abuse is a complicated issue, potentially impacting all areas of one’s life–work, health and interpersonal relationships. Hopefully, at some point, a person in the grip of drug or alcohol addiction will reach out for help. If you or someone you love needs help, call Stonewall Institute at 602-535-6468 today.