Contrary to some opinions, long-term residential treatment isn’t always the best option for treating someone’s addiction. For the addict, the best option might be the one that delivers recovery in the least restrictive manner. It’s for that reason that top rehab facilities like Kemah Palms Recovery choose to offer a multitude of treatment options. When residential treatment is too much and outpatient too little, the best option is usually an intensive outpatient program.
About the Intensive Outpatient Program
The outpatient program and intensive outpatient program or IOP differ mainly because of the time invested. Outpatient programs require patients to commit to perhaps 10-12 hours a week of individual and group therapy. A typical intensive outpatient program may require a commitment of 4-6 hours a day. All of that time is spent going through various kinds of treatment.
Because each patient has unique circumstances, not every patient has the means or time for inpatient rehab. It creates an opportunity for the treatment counselors to get creative on the patient’s behalf. Still, the patient may be suffering from a significant addiction. They need to invest time with an absolute focus towards their recovery. Anything less could well result in one relapse after another.
It’s noteworthy that an intensive outpatient program could last longer than the standard 30 days of inpatient treatment. In fact, counselors don’t tie an IOP to a particular time-frame. Instead, the patient remains in treatment until the counselor determines the patient is ready to fly solo. Remember, there are no shortcuts to treatment. Recovery takes time and commitment regardless of which treatment plan a counselor or clinician prescribes.
The Benefits of an IOP
As indicated above, many patients enter rehab under unique circumstances, including suffering from co-occurring disorders. If they remain the household’s primary breadwinner, inpatient treatment might do financial harm to the family. Maybe the patient is in an MBA program and the University might not grant leave for medical reasons. If a patient has childcare responsibilities that others can’t cover, the children matter. It’s incumbent on the treatment professionals to come up with the optimum solution, using what the facility has available.
While in treatment, it is possible for the patient to maintain responsibilities and relationships. Through cooperation, it’s always possible to work out a schedule that’s optimum for the patient and their counselors. In some cases, the patient might invest a few hours during the workweek and then return on the weekend for prolonged, intense days. There’s always a workable solution, even if it takes time to develop. The good news is the patient can still get what they need from various treatment options.
There are also financial circumstances that each party needs to consider. Not every rehab patient carries adequate healthcare insurance or has sufficient financial resources. The IOP option allows both parties to structure a treatment plan that is affordable. The last thing anyone wants is to create more stress for the patient because of money problems or because they did not verify insurance.
It’s important to remember that an intensive outpatient program is a sort of compromise. As long as the patient adheres to the treatment schedule and makes progress, it’s a viable solution. If the patient begins to falter, both parties might have to consider other arrangements, including entry into an inpatient program.
A Look at Kemah Palms Recovery
From our 80-100 bed facility in the small community of Kemah, Texas, we offer a full slate of addiction treatment modalities. They range from our in-house drug detox through treatment into our aftercare programs. Here’s a look at some of the treatment modalities our counselors can select from:
- Acupuncture therapy
- Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
When you grow tired of the day-to-day struggles with your addiction, you should be ready to seek help. Regardless of your situation, Kemah Palms Recovery has a treatment plan that will meet your individual needs. All you need to do to begin is pick up the phone and contact us at 866-604-1873. We are entirely committed to helping each of our patients find a better life. If you are willing to do the work, a full and lasting recovery can be yours.