The Essential Parts of the Guardian Intensive Outpatient Program Include:
Individual & Group Therapy – Therapeutic intervention is essential to the maintenance of long-term sobriety. In many cases, those who begin abusing drugs and/or alcohol do so to self-medicate undiagnosed mental health conditions, such as unresolved trauma, depression and anxiety. Therapy sessions help immensely in working through underlying issues that have contributed to the individual’s addictive patterns.
Family therapy & Additional Services for the Immediate Family – Addiction doesn’t just affect the addict or the alcoholic, it deeply affects the mental and emotional well-being of the entire family. We believe that in order for someone to truly heal and maintain sobriety, their family must heal simultaneously. For this reason, we offer family therapy sessions on a regular basis as well as continued support for the close family members of the patient. Family therapy helps each member of the family heal and helps to dismantle unhealthy dynamics that might have contributed to family dysfunction.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a method of psychotherapy designed to help addicts and alcoholics overcome detrimental and self-defeating behaviors by changing their behavioral patterns and learn healthy coping mechanisms. We offer DBT as part of our comprehensive therapeutic program.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of psychotherapy during which unhealthy thinking patterns and false narratives are challenged, re-framed and ultimately changed. Our team of licensed and experienced therapists works with each individual client to transform their self-destructive tendencies into healthy, efficient and effective coping strategies.
12-step Program Involvement – 12-step program involvement is a critical component of every aftercare plan. Our IOP focuses on daily meetings and helps our clients begin the steps. We encourage all our clients to begin working with a 12-step sponsor before completing the IOP program.
Relapse Prevention Therapy – In order to prevent relapse and maintain sobriety for years to come, a very specific set of coping mechanisms and relapse prevention tools must be in place. We do all we can to teach our patients relapse prevention strategies so that they consistently feel strong and capable in their recovery.
Aftercare Planning – Just like the rest of the addiction recovery experience, aftercare planning is unique to each individual patient and must focus on his or her personal needs and long-term treatment goals. Our case managers work to create individualized aftercare plans that will ensure sobriety long after IOP.
Fitness Programs – It has been proven that those who stick to a regular exercise regime (in combination with a host of other recovery-related practices) are more likely to maintain long-term sobriety. We introduce each of our patients to yoga and other fitness modalities in order to help them form healthy habits that will last.
Nutritional Services – Adequate nutrition is also essential to long-term recovery. Nutrition plays a vital roll in mood stabaliztion, energy levels and general sense of well being. We have experienced nutritionists on staff that teach patients to cook healthy and nourishing meals for themselves.
Life Skills Training – Addiction strips people of basic life skills. Those in the throes of addiction often neglect their financial responsibilities, personal hygiene, nutrition and basic life responsibilities. Over time bad habits become deeply engrained. Individuals just entering recovery often have to re-learn how to manage their lives. We work to reinstill basic life skills in all of our patients so they can become self-sufficient, productive members of society. This training can also include career skills.
Education Assistance – In many instances, drug addiction and alcoholism occur sometime during adolescence or early adulthood. Addiction. can have a detrimental impact on an individual’s school record. If a patient wants to go back to school we help them do so with our education assistance program.
Vocational Training – Addiction also interferes with career opportunities and employment. We help each and every one of our patients discover what it is they want to do, and then we actively help them achieve their personal vocational goals. We also can aid clients with career steps such as resume writing, job applications and interviews.