The amount of different addiction treatment options out there can feel overwhelming at times. After all, you’re probably just trying to get help for yourself or a loved one, and the last thing you want to do is bring more complexity into your life. For reasons like this, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sadly reports that only a small fraction of the 21 million+ people who suffer from substance abuse ever seek treatment.

That’s why at Star Recovery Center, we’re here to help you navigate your options and make the whole process easier. If you do not want 24/7 supervision and still want to maintain a sense of normalcy, then intensive outpatient treatment may be the right fit.

What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

Traditional substance abuse treatment involves residential treatment (checking in to rehab and staying there for the duration of the program with limited outside world interaction). However, this can be pretty disruptive to everyday life. After all, most people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction still have everyday responsibilities. And contrary to what the media may portray, some addicts do not actually have to go through a full detox process or need medical supervision around the clock. Others may even struggle to actually make progress in an unfamiliar setting without their personal belongings and comfort items. In these situations, an intensive outpatient program (IOP) can be the ideal alternative.

IOP is a more modern form of addiction treatment that helps you tackle substance abuse in a way that fits in more seamlessly with daily life. You come in for treatment during the day, but you return to the comfort of your home afterward. IOP treatment can be scheduled around family and work commitments, allowing you to achieve sobriety without missing out on other important things. An intensive outpatient program is considered a “level 2” treatment and is more rigorous in nature than doing a 12-step program alone or participating in other forms of outpatient care.

What to Expect With IOP Treatment

Though it means you still get to live at home, IOP treatment is called “intensive” for a reason. Your addiction treatment is spread out throughout the week, often with more frequent care at the start of the program. Depending on your specific needs and addiction(s), your care may consist of a combination of group and individual counseling, therapeutic activities, classes and medical treatment as needed.

You will work with a counselor to lay out your intensive outpatient treatment plan in a way that is conducive to your schedule and commitments. That said, it is important to know that you will still have easy access to additional treatment as needed. The amount of time that any IOP program lasts is largely dependent on the patient and their specific needs.

Benefits of IOP Treatment

In addition to the scheduling flexibility, an intensive outpatient program offers other benefits that are worth consideration:

  • Long-term treatment = long-term recoveryIOP treatment often lasts longer than outpatient treatment programs because of the flexible scheduling. But this is a good thing when looking at long-term recovery results. Intensive outpatient treatment allows you to make strong, steady progress every day.
  • Go beyond detox – The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that detox alone is not enough to end substance abuse. IOP treatment closely gets to the root of how your addiction started in the first place and helps you learn necessary coping methods.
  • No ‘real world shock’ – Many clients who go through full inpatient treatment in a facility must later transition back into the real world. This sudden re-entry can be very challenging and even cause individuals to go right back to substance abuse. But this situation is avoided entirely with IOP care.

Get Quick Access to IOP Treatment

If you or one of your loved ones is suffering from substance abuse, the time to get help is now. Our committed staff at  Star Recovery Center responds quickly to inquiries, and we are ready to change your life as soon as you contact us. Located in Costa Mesa, CA our luxurious, state-of-the-art facility offers intensive addiction treatment to Southern California patients in a serene, relaxing location close to home. Get in touch today!