The longer one remains in treatment, the better. Research shows that those who are in treatment for greater lengths of time, have a better opportunity for long-term recovery. Whether it be residential treatment or an intensive outpatient program (IOP), relapse rates are lower among people who commit to longer enrollment. Why that is the case may make sense to you, but for others it may not.

One way of looking at it is this is, addiction is not something that develops overnight. Therefore, learning how to live a life in addiction recovery takes some time. People who can commit to long-term treatment are able to build a more stable foundation. A solid base for which to foster the growth of one’s recovery. It is quite common for people who are too eager to get back to the “real world,” while in treatment, to have problems. Simply put, recovery can’t be rushed, given that there is a serious learning curve.

When one seeks the help of an addiction treatment center, they are exposed to much vital information about their disease. They undergo extensive counseling, both one-on-one with therapists and in group settings. People in treatment are taught how to navigate various real-life situations that could lead to a relapse. They learn how to cope with their emotions and cut ties to people, places and things that could take them off course. So, if you are considering addiction recovery, please understand that more is better, with regard to time.

Not Enough Time for Addiction Recovery

While residential treatment might be the most ideal route to take, not everyone is able to do so. Circumstances in one’s life may not allow for 3 months of inpatient addiction treatment. One’s work or familial obligations might not permit such a course. If you fit that description for honest reasons, then intensive outpatient is the best way to break the addictive cycle.

To be sure, IOP may not work for everyone. Especially if the program is in your hometown. Passing old haunts or potentially running into using buddies may be too much to handle. It really depends on how severe your illness is, and if you are fully committed to turning your life around. All of which will be assessed by the given treatment center.

It is not uncommon for addicts and alcoholics to go into IOP after finishing a residential program. Completing an inpatient program, followed by moving into a “sober living” home while enrolled in IOP is often considered best. In such cases layers upon layers of recovery support can be found. With recovery, more support is always better. If you are about to graduate from inpatient, please strongly consider the benefits of going into IOP. It is highly likely that your current counselor has advised that course of action.

Plugged Into Addiction Recovery

Your disease of addiction is hard at work to find its way back into your life. The best way to deter that eventuality is by remaining plugged into recovery to the fullest. Like living among others in a home dedicated to addiction recovery. Remember, attending 12 Step meetings regularly and seeking continued aftercare at an IOP, will give you the best chance at achieving long-term addiction recovery.

At Guardian IOP, we can help you continue strengthening your program that began in residential treatment. Or, we can introduce you to recovery for the first time, and show you that a life in recovery is possible. Please contact us today.


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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.