In my busy life, I hardly have time for myself. Between work, the kids, my spouse, and my responsibilities, I have a pretty full schedule. Some of the stress even led me to start having a couple of drinks in the evening.
Then when things got tough at work with layoffs looming, I turned to my favorite crutch: the alcohol. It helped numb the stress and anxiety. When I started losing control over my drinking, I started dropping the ball at work and home.
“Oh great,” I thought. Now I might have an alcohol problem. Just what I needed. How am I supposed to take the time off to go to rehab? The alcohol was to cope with my busy schedule, not to create more chaos in my life and make me even busier.
So I tried to quit on my own. But it never stuck. I would try again and again and fail every time. But I knew I couldn’t take a month out of my life to live in a rehab. It just wasn’t possible. And at the same time, I knew I also needed help. I just couldn’t do it on my own.
So I decided it was at least worth looking into treatment options to see if something else could work.
It turns out, a lot of people have situations like mine. They know they might need help, they know they don’t want the problem to get worse, but they don’t want to have to leave their family, jobs, or their life behind.
That’s why there has been more demand for a level of care that balances the structure of residential rehab and but still has the flexibility that I needed in my life.
IOPs are an intensive form of outpatient treatment and can change lives for the better because they offer high levels of programming while still allowing for flexibility with work, school, and home life.
That way, I could get the level of care I needed without having to leave home, without having to leave my responsibilities, and no one even had to know, because I could do it on my own time.
I was able to work on myself and my sobriety while still having time for everything going on in my life. The IOP met for three hours, three times a week, and had both daytime and evening groups to choose from.
I was able to get help before things got too bad. I avoided hitting rock bottom and needing to commit to the level of care that comes from residential treatment.
And along the way, I also was connected to a positive sober community that kept me motivated and accountable. I didn’t have to do it on my own, after all.
So what exactly is an IOP, and what can you expect?
Frequent Concerns About IOPs, Addressed
Recovery is a big commitment, so it’s natural for clients to have concerns. Luckily, our IOP option is in keeping with our efforts to “meet clients where they are at.”
- Can I take time away?
The first thing many clients wonder is if they can take the time to be away. They may have work, kids, and responsibilities. Here, that isn’t a problem. IOPs are a way to conveniently get the high level of care needed for recovery before hitting rock bottom, while still being able to work and live at home.
IOPs only take nine hours per week and there are both daytime and evening treatment groups. So, you will still have the flexibility to work and have a life outside of treatment.
However, if you do need to take off some time at work, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) ensures that the job will be held for you during this medical leave.
Additionally, many companies have programs that allow for time off for rehab. Some jobs may even offer short term disability while you’re away.
- Can I afford it?
Finances may be another concern. You know your job is safe, but what about the cost? At Serenity Lane we accept most insurances, lowering the financial burden on our clients. There may be little to no cost for services.
If you have an unused or high deductible, Serenity Lane provides financial guidance and support. We have specialized programs for clients with limited financial resources and flexible financing.
Additionally, IOPs are less expensive than residential treatment but still provide intensive programming, making it a good option for many.
In the end, the cost of not getting treatment could be much higher. Leaving an addiction untreated could result in job loss, property damage, legal fees, and other expensive consequences.
- Can I handle addiction without treatment?
You may also be wondering if you really need treatment, or if you can handle it on your own. It is possible for people to overcome addictions without treatment. However, if you keep slipping or are having a hard time staying sober despite your best efforts, it’s likely that you need the extra help that treatment can provide.
If you notice your substance use starting to get bad and are struggling to control it, IOPs allow you to get the treatment you need before the problem worsens.
- What about the stigma?
Maybe you’ve relapsed too many times to count. Or you’ve reached the point where you know you need treatment. But you don’t want to disappear off the face of the earth for an entire month. What will people think?
Having these types of thoughts make us tend to withdraw from those around us, which only causes us to feel shame and loneliness. Getting treatment is courageous and takes strength. It is nothing to be ashamed of.
And remember, IOPs don’t require 30 days of commitment. They only require nine hours out of your week. So in reality, you can go about your day normally while still getting treatment.
Additionally, treatment will save the pain and potential embarrassment of what could happen if you ignore the problem.
- I don’t want to be alone.
It’s normal to feel nervous about opening up in an unfamiliar environment. However, Serenity Lane offers family programming, which involves families in treatment for your support. This involves education, therapy, repairing relationships, and improving communication between family members.
Additionally, IOPs provide a support network of others in recovery, which is beneficial to a successful recovery. During treatment, clients are connected with a positive, sober community.
What Can I Expect Out of an IOP?
- Intake evaluation
Before treatment services begin, the staff conducts an intake evaluation to develop a personalized treatment plan.
- Individual therapy, group counseling, and education about substance use disorders
IOP clients may attend individual therapy and group counseling options. Individual therapy helps address unhealthy behavior, while group counseling focuses on specific skills or topics useful to maintain sobriety post-treatment.
Serenity Lane’s IOPs are rigorous and comprehensive clinical programs. For 10 weeks, clients meet for three hours, three times a week. There are both daytime and evening options.
If you would like to learn more about our IOP program or have questions about our substance use disorder programs, call 1-541-262-1422 to speak with a member of our admissions specialist team. If you would like help referring a patient or learning more about our patient referrals program, contact our outreach manager at email@example.com.