Why Should I Bother with IOP?



Residential substance abuse treatment programs are an excellent way for you to begin a life of sobriety. At Evolutions, our holistic based approach to addiction treatment addresses all aspects of your health, body and mind. As exceptional as some inpatient treatment programs are, time is a limiting factor when it comes to the amount of therapy they are able to provide. An Intensive Outpatient Program offers a great opportunity for you to continue the work you began in residential treatment, often with the same clinical team, making the transition from residential treatment to a life out in society less jarring. These are just a few of the many reasons you would do well to enroll in IOP upon completing residential treatment.


In order to truly recover from your addiction, you need to uncover and process the underlying mental and emotional issues which led to your developing a substance abuse problem. This work can begin during your time in residential treatment, but it is not feasible to fully heal these psychological scars within such a short timespan. While a 12-step recovery program provides the support and guidance to let go of our emotional baggage and move forward in recovery, the additional treatment offered by therapy can only expedite and aid in the process. There is no downside to availing yourself of therapy in an IOP program, as the only requirement on your part is time and effort.


For many patients at Evoltuions, the transition from inpatient treatment to a life out in the world can be disorienting, even frightening. Hopefully you have elected to reside at a sober living facility, surrounding yourself with others committed to working a program of recovery and bettering themselves. Intensive Outpatient is another great source of sober supports and friends in recovery. Many of the participants will be familiar faces of those fellow patients who were with you in residential treatment, providing an opportunity to strentgthen your ties to these individuals, perhaps even creating lifelong friendships with those as committed to recovery as you.


An Intensive Outpatient Program is the logical next step after residential treatment in effective substance abuse disorder therapy. You may feel that your 12-step recovery program is sufficient in your quest to achieve long-term sobriety, but you should weigh the pros and cons of adding IOP to your recovery routine more carefully. The only cost to you is time and effort, and the benefits you could glean from additional clinical therapy sessions as well as exposure to a broader recovery community could make the difference between success in recovery or the pain of relapse. Evolutions offers a comprehensive IOP program which can be custom tailored to suit your schedule and recovery goals. If you have recently completed inpatient substance abuse treatment and are exploring the option of enrolling in IOP, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and let us formulate a treatment plan that works best for you!



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