Outpatient Addiction Treatment Timeline
At Guardian IOP we offer a multi-staged program of outpatient treatment. The length of time a person spends in outpatient treatment depends on several factors, including whether or not they are coming from a higher level of care, whether or not they are working or attending school and if they have underlying mental health concerns that need to be addressed. However, the standard length of our program is 90 days. Clients begin with four days of treatment every week and eventually step down to three days a week.
The Three Stages of Our IOP Program Are:
- Stage 1 – Evaluation – Weeks 1 & 2 – During this stage of the recovery process our clinical and therapeutic team gets to know each client on a personal basis. Each client completes a self-assessment, which details personal history with substance abuse as well as long-term plans. During the second week of treatment, clients are introduced to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with a focus on Distress Tolerance.
- Stage 2 – Treatment – Weeks 3, 4, 5 & 6 – During these four weeks of our IOP program clients delve into a range of evidence-based therapies, uncovering the underlying causes of addiction and working through any issues which might be keeping them stuck.
- Stage 3 – Support – Weeks 7, 8, 9 & 10 – The 7th week of treatment begins with an overview of family involvement and the role the family plays in achieving long-term sobriety. Clients focus on relapse prevention. During the final weeks of our outpatient rehab program, clients develop stress management skills and develop a long-term plan for continuing care. Group sessions focus on the difference between willfulness and willingness, and clients identify their core values. Most clients stay between 10 and 12 weeks before graduating from our program.
today and one of our experienced and compassionate Treatment Advisors will help you determine how long your stay in IOP should be, and whether or not this level of clinical care is the best choice for you or your loved one.