Aftercare Planning: Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
After completing in-home detox or a residential program, it’s vital that you continue to seek treatments that can help you maintain your recovery for years to come. An intensive outpatient program (IOP) can provide the level of care needed for you to learn the skills of sobriety, receive targeted therapies for substance use and co-occurring mental health conditions, and provide ongoing support and guidance to help you live a better and healthier life in recovery.
Typically, IOPs are offered at addiction treatment facilities, with clients attending treatment several days a week. But with Kinkaid Private Care, you have the option of receiving all the benefits of evidence-based treatment from the comfort of home.
Understanding the Treatment Continuum
Addiction treatment typically happens across several different levels of care, each focusing on different aspects of substance use recovery. Not everybody needs to attend each level of care – but what treatments you need in order to sustain your recovery depends on multiple factors.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine lays a clear framework for the addiction care continuum:
- Level 4: Intensive Inpatient – Medically managed care, where clients receive direct medical treatments and interventions from their providers. This includes both medical detox services, as well as direct hospitalization for substance use disorders.
- Level 3: Residential Treatment – Medically monitored care, where clients are monitored by medical professionals but not typically under direct medical care. This level of care offers intensive psychotherapy, medication management, and behavioral interventions to help people overcome a substance use disorder.
- Level 2: Intensive Outpatient – IOP programs offer the same behavioral and psychotherapy interventions as found in residential treatment, but clients at this level of care typically don’t need to be medically monitored. The focus is on helping people overcome the psychological aspects of addiction, rather than the physical.
- Level 1: Outpatient Care – The least intensive level of care, clients in an outpatient program receive less frequent therapies and supervision than in other steps of the treatment continuum.
Aftercare planning at Kinkaid Private Care happens after people complete the highest level of care – our in-home detox program. But detox alone isn’t enough to bring about long-term sobriety. Attending the next appropriate level of care can provide essential evidence-based services to help you learn how to live without drugs or alcohol and keep your mental health in peak condition in the process.
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The IOP Level of Care
IOPs are the most common form of addiction treatment – and for most people, these programs can be just as effective as residential care. IOPs offer several different treatments and therapies to help people learn how to live their lives in sobriety, including treatment such as:
- Multiple options for individual therapy
- Customized medication-assisted treatment
- In-depth relapse prevention programs
- Targeted mental health treatment
- Complementary therapies to inspire holistic health
Clients in an IOP program have already overcome the more severe physical effects of substance use withdrawal, and instead focus on changing the behavioral patterns and cognitions that are so common among people who have lived through an addiction. These treatments can teach you how to overcome substance use cravings, start to enjoy your sobriety, and discover healthy coping mechanisms to deal with life’s challenges.
Compared to residential programs, IOPs differ in the amount of time spent in treatments and therapies. IOP is a lower level of care, meaning that there is less time commitment required to receive evidence-based treatments for addiction. These programs also place less emphasis on medical treatment and focus more on counseling and behavioral approaches to help people learn the tools of recovery.
The Benefits of At-Home IOP
Most IOPs take place at an addiction treatment center, with clients traveling five or six days a week to receive treatment. But with Kinkaid Private Care’s in-home IOP programs, you can receive all the same treatments and services from the comfort of home.
Our unique approach to providing IOP treatment brings the counselors, case workers, physicians, and addiction specialists required for an effective treatment program all to your door. This offers several key benefits that make it an excellent choice for treatment, including:
The Utmost Convenience
By bringing treatment into the home, you’ll spend less time driving back and forth and have more time to keep up with your daily tasks. There’s no better option for someone looking for the best treatment with the least hassle possible.
While all treatment centers are held to strict confidentiality standards, attending an addiction treatment center still puts you in the eyes of passersby and other clients. If you place a high emphasis on privacy, bringing treatment into the home is often the best way to maintain it.
Providers at an addiction treatment facility often have dozens, if not hundreds, of clients demanding their attention. In-home IOP ensures that each member of your treatment team can give you their full and undivided attention, making sure that you get the most out of treatment.
Truly Individualized Care
By treating just one single person at a time, there are virtually limitless options for customizing and tailoring treatment to your unique needs. Pick and choose the treatments that work for you – and leave the rest at the door.
Freedom and Flexibility
In-home IOP doesn’t have to abide by the strict rules and regulations of an addiction treatment center, meaning you have greater options for flexibility and freedom. If you travel regularly or have a constantly shifting schedule, our program can adapt to fit your lifestyle.