How Do Intensive Outpatient Programs for Substance Abuse Work?

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Created On: Saturday, 12, October 2019
Modified On: Friday, 18, October 2019

Not everyone can leave their homes, jobs, and families for residential drug rehab. Yet, they still want to receive the same type of treatment provided by inpatient programs. Intensive outpatient centers can offer this, with sessions three to five times per week, with a minimum number of hours put in each week. Intensive outpatient centers do provide a significant amount of help, within a short period of time. Some of the therapy models used would include cognitive behavioral therapy, and relapse prevention techniques. This would be an educational component to teach the client ways to cope, deal with stress, avoid triggers, and overcome the obstacles in his or her life.

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Other therapies would include group therapy sessions, healthy living practices, assessments, and even anxiety management techniques. The therapy would address the underlying problems connected to the addiction. This would be the reasons why they started to abuse drugs and alcohol. Family involvement and education would also be important. Family counseling will help the addict build a stronger foundation with their family. This is essential for support after the treatment is done. Intensive outpatient centers will also help you develop a recovery plan. The recovery plan is essentially what you are doing when treatment is complete. Recovery meetings may also be set-up to help you stay connected to other sober and likeminded people.