Therapies Available in IOP Treatment Programs
Like residential rehab, IOP programs begin with an assessment of your individual therapy needs. For those with medical conditions or dual diagnosis, individual therapy with a local clinician may be a part of the IOP schedule. Other therapies, modalities and educational classes are usually in group settings and may include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been characterized as a short-term, goal-oriented, focused form of psychotherapeutic counseling that is focused on identifying harmful patterns of thought, belief, or behavior that underlie individuals’ problems and issues. By identifying the source of individuals’ problems, the patient and therapist can work together to develop strategies for learning and implementing healthier and more productive modes of thought and behavior.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy can be best understood as an enhancement and a natural progression of CBT. In contrast, DBT has a strong psychosocial component, which makes it especially useful in group settings, which is why DBT therapy tends to be commonly employed as a form of treatment in intensive outpatient programs for addiction.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is an individual, client-centered therapy that involves rhythmic bilateral stimulation and the use of eye movements to help clients process trauma in a non-verbal manner. Clients focus on traumatic memories very briefly and simultaneously undergo non-invasive eye movement stimulation, which effectively reduces the emotional discomfort associated with the painful memory.
Lifeskills training consists of educational sessions geared towards helping you relearn basic life skills — the skills that are fundamental to continued success in sobriety. You will learn how to obtain and maintain a job or career, learn how to care for yourself, and learn how to recover from any financial devastation you might have suffered while active in your addiction. By the time IOP concludes you will feel confident as you transition back into fully independent living.
Relapse prevention training is a critical part of the addiction treatment process. The main point of addiction treatment is to equip clients with the tools they need to maintain sobriety long-term, which includes identifying and working through personal relapse triggers.
For many, 12-Step program involvement is an important part of the overall recovery process. Most IOP programs encourage participants to attend at least one outside meeting every day, which leads to increased accountability and the development of a stronger support network. We also offer educational workshops to our clients, breaking down the 12 Steps individually and explaining how and why peer support programs work.
We believe in the importance of family involvement throughout the treatment process. Addiction affects the entire family system. There are numerous benefits that go hand-in-hand with ongoing support from family members, including the likelihood that treatment is successful long-term and that relapse is effectively avoided. We strive to make sure that the loved ones of each of our clients have continuous access to the support, educational resources and therapeutic care they need in order to heal simultaneously.
Clients have access to regular yoga therapy sessions, which are all facilitated by a licensed professional instructor. The instructor walks throughout the class as he or she instructs, adjusting clients as necessary and offering them insight on how to manipulate each pose to better serve their unique needs and physical ability level. In most cases, clients end class with a guided meditation, as they learn to quiet their minds and stay rooted in the present moment.