Addiction affects people in different ways and from all walks of life.
At First Responder Wellness, we know that this means that those seeking help for alcohol or substance misuse and co-occurring mental health issue often need different types of treatment. While residential care is the most common approach to recovery, it isn’t right for everyone. Maybe putting your life on hold to enter treatment isn’t possible or you’re at a stage of recovery where you’re simply looking for transitional care. Whatever your situation, if you can’t commit to inpatient or residential treatment for any reason, our intensive outpatient program may be right for you.
What is Intensive Outpatient Treatment?
Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are a form of alcohol, substance use and co-occurring disorders treatment in which patients can receive the high-quality care they need while continuing to live at home. More flexible than inpatient or residential programs, outpatient provides a level of care that lets clients heal on their own terms without disrupting their daily lives.
Clients work toward lasting sobriety and mental wellness by participating in on-site programming, attending meetings and continuing with therapy sessions without sacrificing the ability to manage responsibilities at work or home. Especially useful for those who have recently completed residential treatment, IOPs help patients transition back into independent living where they can practice their new coping skills while maintaining an ongoing relationship with their recovery team.
Is Intensive Outpatient Treatment Right for Me?
Intensive outpatient programs are usually recommended for those who don’t require a medically supervised detox, cannot commit to residential treatment or are transitioning out of long-term care but still need some guidance as they resume their daily lives. Although residential programs are often considered the gold standard of treatment, there is no one right way to heal and IOPs provide a convenient solution for some that can serve as either a starting point for recovery or an intermediary step that helps keep clients on track after returning home. Intensive outpatient care may be ideal for those who:
- Cannot participate in residential treatment but are strongly committed to getting better
- Need ongoing support and a structured environment after residential treatment
- Don’t need or have recently completed detox
- Have recently experienced a relapse and want to regain a foothold in recovery
- Want to practice their new coping skills in the real-world
- Are highly motivated to pursue their treatment goals
At First Responder Wellness, our experienced team comprised of former first responders and culturally competent behavioral health clinicians, can help you determine the appropriate level of care based on your unique needs and goals. To ensure that you have the best possible chance at achieving long-term sobriety, we will consider factors such as your alcohol or substance use history, living environment, mental health concerns, support network and more to make a recommendation that fits your situation.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment at First Responder Wellness
IOPs are an important part of our continuum of care at First Responder Wellness and provide a structured yet flexible environment to fit the needs of various patients. Aimed specifically toward public safety professionals such as law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and corrections officers , our IOP follows a regular schedule of treatments, therapies and other services that are offered several times a week in either the morning or afternoon to accommodate busy schedules. Programs are tailored to each individual and are designed to provide a clear path to recovery with a curriculum that includes:
- Individual and group therapy
- Chemical dependency education
- 12-step meetings
- Relapse prevention
- Life skills development and application
- Trauma services
- Mental health care (CBT, EMDR)
- Experiential and evidence-based therapies
- Reintegration process
- Anger management
- Stress identification and management
In addition to participation in on-site programming, patients also attend recovery/fellowship meetings a few times a week. The goal of these activities is to not only help patients learn the skills they’ll need to maintain sobriety after treatment but give them the opportunity to apply them in real-world situations. This will empower them to achieve lasting recovery and get back to their careers and daily lives feeling happier and healthier than ever.