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Choosing an IOP Program

Choosing the right outpatient treatment program for you and your personal needs is important. After all, you’ll be relying on the program you choose to provide you with the tools necessary to stay sober. When choosing an outpatient treatment program, you want to take certain factors into consideration. For example — are you looking for a program that offers medication assisted treatment like Suboxone maintenance? This might be important if you are currently taking Suboxone, or if you have been struggling with a moderate or severe opioid abuse disorder and have recently completed a higher level of care. Are you looking for an outpatient program that focuses on life skills training, so you can find a full or part-time job while you undergo treatment? It’s important to consider what is important to you so you’re able to make an informed decision. The good news is, you don’t have to make this decision all on your own. At Guardian IOP we’re available to help you narrow down potential options. Simply contact us today and we’ll help you get started.

What Are Your Treatment Goals & Needs?

When narrowing down factors important to your individual search, consider your personal treatment goals and needs. What are you looking to get out of the outpatient treatment program you choose? Are you looking to develop a solid support network with other sober men and women? Are you looking for an outpatient program that offers dual diagnosis treatment options so you can continue healing from underlying mental health concerns as well as addiction? When deciding on your personal treatment goals and needs, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I looking for an outpatient treatment program which offers a choice between nighttime and daytime sessions?
  • If I lack transportation, will it be easy to get to and from my IOP? Does the IOP program offer transportation to those in need?
  • Am I looking for an outpatient treatment program with a focus on medication assisted treatment options, including Suboxone maintenance?
  • Does the outpatient program offer additional ways to keep me accountable in my sobriety and offer me support and encouragement when needed?
  • Do I want to find a program with a focus on therapeutic intervention in an individual, group and family setting?

When choosing the right program for you or your loved one, consider all factors you feel are important. Do your research. If you have any specific questions about the program, contact the treatment center directly. You want to ensure you are making an informed decision — one which is going to serve you in the longer term.

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Factors in Choosing an Outpatient Treatment Program:

Intensive Outpatient vs Outpatient Programs

Which is the better option — intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) or outpatient treatment (OP)? The answer depends on your personal needs, however, IOP is a more effective treatment option as a general rule of thumb. This is simply because clients have access to more hours of therapy and additional addiction services than they would in an outpatient program. IOP can also serve as a stand-alone treatment option in some cases, while OP typically only serves as a step-down level of care. At Guardian IOP we offer an IOP program which lasts for a total of three consecutive months from start to finish. Clients begin with four days of therapy a week — either in the mornings or in the evenings — and eventually transition to three days a week. Our program is made up of therapeutic work, recovery-related group workshops, relapse prevention training, life skills training, recreational therapy and holistic workshops, among other services. Clients undergo a range of evidence-based therapies under the guidance of a team of licensed therapeutic practitioners, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. To learn more about the major distinctions between IOP and OP and which option is best for you, contact us today.

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Outpatient Treatment Program Licensing

When choosing a treatment program it is a good idea to look into licensing and certification, and make sure the IOP you are looking at has all of the following in place:

  • State Licensing and Certification – Being licensed through the State confirms we are strictly adhering to all clinical and medical standards, and we follow all of the guidelines outlined by the State in the context of the addiction treatment and outpatient services we provide.
  • Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval – Guardian IOP has received Joint Commission accreditation, the highest accreditation an outpatient treatment center can receive. This means we consistently hold ourselves to the highest possible standards, providing each individual client with effective and personalized treatment services.
  • LegitScript Certification – Being LegitScript-certified means that an addiction treatment center has been evaluated and certified to operate safely and legally. LegitScript also performs ongoing monitoring throughout an addiction treatment provider’s certification period to ensure compliance. The LegitScript seal displays “LegitScript Monitored” to reflect ongoing monitoring, which can be found throughout our website.

Importance of Licensed Outpatient Treatment Program Staff

It is also important to look for an outpatient treatment program with a licensed and experienced staff. Make sure therapeutic staff members have all been licensed, and if you are looking for a dual diagnosis treatment program make sure the program also offers care provided by psychiatric professionals.

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Insurance and Costs

Another important factor to consider is covering the cost of treatment. Does the IOP program you’re looking into accept your insurance? Most outpatient programs accept major and national health insurance, and many offer free, no obligation insurance benefit check. At Guardian IOP we work directly with regional providers in Florida and New Jersey as well as most major national providers, meaning some or all of our services are covered partially or in full. We offer additional coverage options for those who are underinsured or entirely uninsured, including self-pay and private pay options.

Case Management & FMLA Assistance

When looking into potential outpatient treatment options, it is a good idea to look for a program that offers case management services. A case manager fills many roles, from client advocate and main point of contact to aftercare planning and transitioning into a sober home, if doing so is determined to be the best course of action. Case managers also help clients work through FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) assistance, and any other federal laws which could potentially work in their favor.

Private vs Public Outpatient

When choosing an outpatient treatment program consider whether the program is privately run or state-funded. While state-funded IOP programs tend to be slightly more affordable (if you are paying out-of-pocket), they rarely offer individualized care, and tend to provide each client with the same standard treatment curriculum. Privately run treatment centers like Guardian IOP prioritize the unique needs of each individual client and offer a wide range of treatment services one would not find in a state-funded program.

Our Locations

At Guardian IOP we have three locations; two in New Jersey and one in Florida. Our two locations in New Jersey are in Hoboken and New Brunswick, and our location in Florida is in Delray Beach. When choosing an outpatient treatment center that meets all of your personal needs, we encourage you to take the location of the facility into consideration. Is the facility in a recovery rich community, one with numerous resources and available resources? We have carefully selected the locations of our facilities based on the surrounding areas — when it comes to maintaining sobriety, having access to a range of recovery-related resources and activities truly makes all the difference.

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Our New Brunswick location offers flexible IOP sessions in the daytime and at night. People who are working a full-time job or continuing their education might opt for a nighttime IOP program, which provides them with the same quality of care as a more intensive and time-consuming program.

Choosing an outpatient treatment program in New Jersey of Florida

Hoboken, New Jersey

Our Hoboken location opened recently, and groups remain small allowing for more personalized and focused treatment.

Choosing an outpatient treatment program in New Jersey of Florida

Delray Beach, Florida

Delray Beach not only provides clients with a beautiful environment in which to heal, but the area is rich in recovery resources from experienced individual therapists to local recovery meeting houses.

Choosing an outpatient treatment program in New Jersey of Florida

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Why Choose Guardian IOP for Outpatient Treatment?

If you would like to learn more about choosing an outpatient treatment program or if you are interested in additional details about our IOP program in New Jersey or Southern Florida, contact us today. Our Treatment Advisors are always available to answer questions and to help you or your loved one get started with our simple and straightforward admissions process. As soon as you make the decision to reach out for help, we will be there. During our initial phone call we conduct a brief pre-assessment which helps our clinical team and therapeutic professionals determine which combination of treatment methods are going to be the most beneficial for each unique case. We also offer a free, no obligation insurance benefit check for those who are looking into potential coverage options. If you or your loved one is not currently covered by a major national provider or regional provider, we offer additional options including self-pay and private pay. Once the finer details are sorted out we help arrange local travel to one of our facilities. All you have to do is make the initial phone call and we will take care of the rest. Contact us today to begin.

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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.