Myth #3: Outpatient Treatment is Boring.
Fact: Outpatient Treatment Teaches Clients How to Have Fun in Recovery.
One of the main points of addiction treatment is to show people how to enjoy their newfound sober lives. If sobriety wasn’t enjoyable, what motivation would people have to stay sober? At Guardian IOP we encourage our clients to participate in as many sober events as they can. We offer life skills training services, showing clients how to meet their full potential and obtain their personal goals (both in treatment and in their personal lives). Because our New Brunswick location has been open for the longest period of time, we have a solid alumni network, and program alumni regularly schedule sober events, outings and get-togethers where they can share their experiences in recovery and further bond with one another.
Myth #4: Outpatient Treatment is 30 Days.
Fact: The Length of Treatment is Based on Individual Need.
The length of outpatient treatment varies on a person-to-person basis, and depends on several factors including the severity of the addiction, the type of substance being misused and the presence of any underlying mental health concerns. At Guardian IOP our program lasts for a total of 30 days from start to finish. However, a client might choose to stay for a shorter or longer period of time depending on their needs.
Myth #5: Most IOPs are Religious Programs.
Fact: Some IOPs Have Spiritual Components.
Some outpatient treatment programs that have optional spiritual components, but most rehabs are not rooted in religion. There is a major distinction between spirituality and religion. Spirituality is an individual practice, and it focuses more on holistic health and developing a sense of inner peace and purpose. Religion, on the other hand, corners a pre-existing set of organized beliefs. Religion is much more stringent. Why is spirituality important to recovery? Most people who have struggled with addiction have broken spirits — they come to treatment as hollow shells of their former selves. Rebuilding the spirit helps clients stay sober and rediscover joy in simply living.