Substance use has become a public health concern within the United States. In the United States, approximately 61.2 million individuals engaged in the use of a substance in 2021. (1) That same year, 46.3 million individuals, 12 years of age or older, were diagnosed with a substance use disorder. (2) Substance use disorders were found to be more prevalent in individuals ages 18 to 25. (3) With high substance use prevalence rates, it could be assumed that addiction treatment is a common process. In 2021, only 6 percent of individuals experiencing a substance use disorder received treatment. (4)

At Guardian IOP, we believe that helping individuals find effective treatment is imperative to addressing the current addiction crisis. Deciding where to attend treatment may be the first of many difficult decisions in the recovery process. Some individuals may want to attend addiction treatment in another state, while others may want to attend an addiction treatment program locally. Research has found that those who attended substance use programs within 1 mile of their home, were 50 percent more likely to complete their treatment. (5) Guardian IOP is dedicated to reducing the amount of individuals negatively impacted by substance use. Providing a combination of clinical, medical, and holistic care, our programs are designed to help facilitate long-term recovery. Contact us today to learn more and to begin your recovery journey.

Reduced Barriers to Accessing Treatment

Treatment barriers are obstacles that interfere with or prohibit an individual from seeking substance use treatment.

Common barriers to addiction treatment include: (6)

  • Not wanting to attend treatment, being in denial regarding substance use, or believing that treatment may not be beneficial
  • Not being able to afford addiction treatment
  • An individual’s socioeconomic status or their geographical location
  • Not having the time to attend addiction treatment due to occupational or other important obligations
  • Not wanting to deal with the stigma associated with substance use
  • Not being able to receive treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders

Attending a local addiction treatment program has been found to help reduce addiction treatment barriers. (7)

Benefits of Being Close to Home With a Support Network

Being geographically nearby close family members and friends can help provide a sense of support for an individual seeking addiction treatment. Being close to home can help individuals continue regular contact with those important in their life.

The Role of Family & Community Support in Addiction Recovery

Research has found that family support plays a vital role in an individual’s treatment outcomes. (8) Family involvement in an individual’s treatment increases when family members only have to travel locally for services, such as family therapy. Our services at Guardian IOP include family workshops to help include family members in an individual’s recovery process.

Community & Belonging in Local Addiction Treatment

A psychological sense of community is characterized by feelings of connectedness, group membership, and the fulfillment of one’s needs. (9) Lacking a sense of belongingness leads to an individual feeling alone, out of place, and not accepted. Having a sense of community and belonging can help those seeking treatment gain a group of individuals who they can share their experiences with and be encouraged by. Guardian IOP offers group therapy sessions to provide those seeking treatment with a safe space of trusting community members who understand what the individual is going through.

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Access to Aftercare Services & Ongoing Support

Attending a local addiction recovery center has been found to impact the use of aftercare services in comparison to attending a non-local treatment center. Aftercare services involve continuing an individual’s care following their discharge from an addiction treatment center. The farther an individual has to travel for treatment, the less likely they are to utilize available aftercare services. Research has found that those who traveled 10 miles or less from their home for addiction treatment were found to be twice as likely to utilize aftercare services. (10)

Greater Likelihood of Long-Term Recovery & Sobriety in Local Treatment

Attending addiction treatment locally can help increase the likelihood of an individual maintaining long-term sobriety. Relapsing, or engaging in a substance after a period of sobriety, is common for those receiving substance use treatment. Approximately two-thirds of individuals who receive substance use treatment relapse at some point. (11) Here at Guardian IOP, we offer relapse prevention training to help individuals develop the necessary tools to maintain a sober lifestyle over time.

Flexibility of Local Outpatient Addiction Treatment Programs

Local addiction treatment centers allow for individuals to have more flexibility in terms of outpatient addiction treatment. Outpatient treatment can often be the longest phase of an individual’s treatment journey. Outpatient sessions can be attended multiple times a week, once a week, biweekly, or monthly, depending on the individual’s needs. Being able to attend an outpatient treatment program that is local to your own home, can increase one’s likelihood of being consistent with treatment.

Reduced Costs of Local Addiction Treatment

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) the United States spends approximately $600 billion yearly due to substance use. Substance use treatment can also be pricey for the individual receiving it. (12) Financial limitations are one of the most common barriers that prevent individuals from receiving addiction treatment. Attending a local addiction treatment program can help reduce the cost of treatment. Not having to commute long distances to and from treatment is one of the reasons why receiving treatment from a local addiction treatment facility can be beneficial. Here at Guardian IOP, we offer a wide range of treatment options all in one place. Being able to receive all of your treatment needs at one facility can help with the overall cost of treatment.

Insurance Coverage & Payment Options Available Locally

Insurance coverage can help cover the cost of local addiction treatment. Many treatment centers allow individuals to pay out of pocket, in addition to their insurance coverage plan, if their insurance plan does not cover the entire cost of treatment. Local addiction treatment centers may even offer payment plans to help break down costs and make treatment more affordable. Here at Guardian IOP, we can offer you a free, no obligation insurance benefits check to help determine which of our treatment options is covered by your health insurance plan.

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Guardian IOP is dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment for those experiencing addiction or dependency to alcohol or other substances. Contact us today to speak with a Treatment Advisor who will help guide you through the admissions process. A complimentary, initial clinical assessment will be provided in order to gather your substance use, family, physical, psychological, medical, and treatment history. Addiction treatment can seem scary and overwhelming for some individuals, but you are not alone. Guardian IOP is ready to be part of your recovery journey.

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Anna earned her Masters of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL in 2017 and completed her internship in co-occurring disorders. Anna has a Bachelors of Art in Religious Studies from Naropa University and is a certified yoga and meditation instructor. Anna has received specialized training in somatic counseling with an emphasis on body-centered psychotherapy.