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Intensive Outpatient Program For Substance Abuse In Indiana

An Indiana outpatient program is a vital stage of treatment for substance abuse on the continuum of care. IOP lies between inpatient treatment and a partial hospitalization program. Bridges of Hope's Intensive Outpatient Program in Indiana usually holds three or four morning groups weekly. It can also hold for 2-3 hours in the evenings each week. The program duration lasts for about 12 weeks, though it ranges between 8-12 weeks. Extensive care, a program of much lower intensity is often included to aid patient transition out of treatment and into mutual help groups which are community-based.

Patients undergoing an intensive outpatient program do show a willingness to assume responsibility for their recovery from substance abuse and alcoholism, among others. Most of the patients are those who have successfully completed an inpatient program plus a detox, and wish to further their treatment in a more free setting. Just like our inpatient and detox services, Indiana Intensive Outpatient Programs are created to encourage, aid, and facilitate the total recovery of our patients.

Participants in our Intensive Outpatient Program in Indiana have lots of recovery programs designed for them including meetings, therapy sessions, appointments, and classes. These programs are held during the daytime and patients can return to their homes at the end of the day. This is quite unlike the inpatient program where patients reside in the treatment facility until they are fully recovered. With such flexibility, patients can attend to other schedules be it at school, work or home while recovering gradually from their addiction or other mental health problems.

It has been discovered by a lot of patients that a sober environment (or a sober living home) effectively complements the efforts of an outpatient program. A sober living home is a conducive, well-structured environment made for patients in the transitional phase of recovery.

The Benefits Of An Intensive Outpatient Program In Indiana

Research and clinical practice have proven beyond reasonable doubt that intensive outpatient programs are effective and facilitate the recovery of patients of substance abuse. In the early 80s, there was an erroneous belief that outpatient programs were means for highly placed and gainfully employed individuals. It was believed that intensive outpatient program would be of no benefit to patients who were regularly plagued with psychosocial stressors including co-occurring disorders and homelessness. Modern research and clinical experience have, however, indicated that intensive outpatient programs can positively affect clients with a wide range of biopsychosocial problems. The efficacy is enhanced when support services such as housing, psychiatric support services, medical support and case management are provided.

The medical world has identified substance abuse to be a chronic disorder similar to hypertension, asthma and diabetes. Researchers have thus questioned the acute care model of service delivery that has characterized substance abuse treatment for the past 50 years. Intensive outpatient programs now extend well beyond the initial 8-12 weeks of treatment.

What Does Our Intensive Outpatient Program in Indiana Offer?

Bridges of Hope's Intensive Outpatient program has a treatment approach that caters to the patient’s personal life. With an intensive outpatient program, patients are free to spend time with their loved ones, take a job, and participate in daily life activities as they continue to build and hone their coping skills. Our Indiana intensive outpatient program has a comprehensive treatment plan for participants of the outpatient program. Services offered at the program include:

• Group therapy sessions with peers

• Individual therapy sessions with healthcare professionals, counselors and or therapists

Detox services

• Marriage and family counseling services

• Physician-monitored medication management

• Planning strategies to prevent a relapse

• Skills acquisition programs and counseling

• 12-step meetings or other support groups

Our intensive outpatient program in Indiana treats as important, the life of the patient in the community after treatment. We understand that patients have needs for services such as financial management, occupational counseling, dieting and nutrition classes, and of course housing assistance. Our intensive outpatient program is committed to building a strong foundation for our patients by offering assistance on practical aspects of building a better life.

Relapse prevention at Our Intensive Outpatient Program

The Intensive Outpatient stage of treatment is characterized by an increased risk of a relapse. After patients have completed an inpatient program, they are released into the outside world. There, they may come in contact with those factors that triggered substance abuse. Such factors may include friends, family, workplace, etc. It is therefore of utmost importance to prevent relapse at this stage. To this effect, the Indiana intensive outpatient program has put in place some relapse prevention skills which must be taught to participants. The skills include:

• Ability to identify emotional triggers

• Identification of the signs of a relapse

• Ability to build a network of friends, family and professionals that are willing to support you on your recovery journey

• How you can minimize the damage if a relapse occurs

• Getting back on track with recovery

Patients in an outpatient setting are made to understand that a relapse does not mean the end of life. They can still live the life they desire if they wish to. Patients are made to understand that it is possible to significantly reduce or minimize the duration and severity of a relapse with the right resources and support.

What are the Advantages of an Intensive Outpatient Program?

Patients who have just completed an inpatient rehab program can feel a bit unsettled or even scared when released into the outside world. This is because of the new found freedom as compared to the restrictions they got used to in the inpatient setting. The Indiana intensive inpatient program provides the necessary support required by the patients to survive and thrive at this stage.

Some of the key advantages of an outpatient setting include:

• Greater sense of self-efficacy: Patients are made to understand that they can successfully tackle the little challenges that life brings their way daily. The sense of self-efficacy is achieved when they tackle daily challenges alongside their recovery process. Patients are supported by therapists, social workers and case managers to increase their self-efficacy.

• Independence: The outpatient setting grants the patient more freedom than the inpatient setting. Patients are thus able to build and foster relationships, handle their emotions effectively, engage in everyday life while maintaining their commitment to a life free of substance abuse.

• Convenience: Outpatient centers are located near transportation, business premises, schools and workplaces to ease the movement of patients and assist in their recovery while going about their daily activities. Also, with the proximity of outpatient centers to hotels, shopping malls and other social settings, it is easier for families and loved ones to visit.

• Cost-effectiveness: Inpatient rehab centers are usually more expensive because of certain factors like accommodation, meals, and 24-hour staffing and other living expenses. This is not the case with outpatient treatment centers. Our Indiana intensive inpatient program does everything possible to provide a cost-effective program while maintaining the best level of care and treatment.

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