Frequently Asked Questions
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (also known as IOP for “Intensive Outpatient Program”) is a primary treatment program recommended in some circumstances by a clinical and medical assessment. IOP may be recommended for those who do not need medically-supervised detox. IOP can also enable people in recovery to continue their recovery therapies following successful detox, on a part-time yet intensive schedule, designed to accommodate work reinvesting in relationships while actively working a program of recovery.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment allows you to practice skills in your community with a therapeutically supportive environment to gain additionally tool as well as process issues with a therapist as they arise. IOP is scheduled 3 days weekly for 3 hours each day.
In the Intensive Outpatient Program, you receive services primarily through group therapy, but are also assigned an individual therapist you will meet with on a weekly basis while in treatment. Groups are small and generally do not exceed 10 people, allowing for a safe environment.
Many different areas and topics are covered in the IOP. Everyone is introduced to the following areas while in the IOP at The Alana Recovery Center:
Relapse Prevention Skills
How to Manage Urges and Cravings
Incorporating a 12 Step Program into daily living
Stages of Change
Focus On Co-Occurring Disorders and the Effects On Addiction and Recovery
Depending on your needs, you may be referred to additional comprehensive mental health treatment.
Your important initial clinical assessment will determine your suitability for the IOP treatment program. In some situations, detox may be required. If medically-supervised detox is required, you will learn the specifics of that requirement for your custom treatment plan, and you will be referred to available professional detox services that are a fit for your situation, prior to starting the IOP program.
At an inpatient treatment facility, you live in a residence area, usually a shared dorm room, under the rules and governance of the operators of the center. Each treatment center is unique with its own set of requirements, but you generally give up control of your day to day life while in treatment. Travel is sometimes required for inpatient treatment, and sometimes travel is desired. For example, some people choose to go to Florida for inpatient rehab, and live in a treatment facility for the duration of their rehab. For the typical rehab experience lasting 30 days, this can mean a significant time away from work, family, and personal obligations.
With an outpatient program like the IOP offered by The Alana Recovery Center, you will live at Sober Mens Living or SWL. You can still go to work or get a job, and begin rebuilding your personal life, with the help and support you receive from both SML/SWL and Alana.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed for people who are struggling with problems associated with addictions, substance use and abuse, or the co-occurring disorders associated with substance use.
Eligibility for the IOP is determined by a mandatory clinical/medical assessment, which is conducted at the center as part of the admissions process.
Alana is a 12 Step based program. While clients will not be required to attend 12 Step meetings as part of treatment, 12 Step philosophy will be incorporated in the care provided.