Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Treatment program is suitable for individuals who live in the area or can possibly arrange nearby accommodations to the New Hope Recovery Center offices as well as maintain sobriety in their own living environments. Clients generally attend programming 3 hours a day anywhere from 3 to 6 days a week. This program gives an individual the opportunity to interact in their daily work/school/home environments while benefiting from a structured and supportive therapeutic treatment program. The program includes individual and group therapy, 12-step meetings and family programming.

If you are looking into drug and alcohol rehab for yourself or someone else, it may be confusing to hear terms like inpatient rehab (or residential), outpatient rehab (or IOP) and partial hospitalization (or PHP).

What Are The Differences Between Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab And Partial Hospitalization?

Inpatient Rehab or Residential Treatment These programs involve completely removing the addict from the environment and the individuals that enabled or reinforced their addiction.  With inpatient rehab, the recovering addict can focus intensely on their addictive behavior instead of their drug or alcohol use.  Residential Treatment, sometimes known as an In-Patient Program, is often 28 days or longer, depending on the severity of the addiction. Inpatient rehab removes the addicted person from the current triggers in their environment and social circles.  The addiction rehab facility provides a safe place to temporarily live while dealing with addiction and any underlying issues the addict is facing.

Most inpatient rehab programs have restrictions on visitation, the use of electronics and cell phones and leaving the treatment facility.  These programs are staffed 24 hours a day. They combine a sober living environment with intensive group counseling and individual drug counseling.

Outpatient Rehab or IOP (Intensive Outpatient) – IOP involves attending treatment for a portion of the day while living in a location other than the treatment center.  The living environment needs to be safe and sober for the best possible outcome.  Generally, recovering addicts are allowed to leave the treatment center before and after treatment.  IOP is best for those who have a safe and sober environment to live, who are able to focus on treatment and who are able to handle the temptations and triggers that may arise when not at the rehab center.

Partial Hospitalization (PHP) - Partial Hospitalization involves full day treatment with living arrangements in a sober living facility or in a safe home environment.  It has fewer restrictions than inpatient rehab, but allows for more intensive treatment than IOP.

Similarities Between Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab and Partial Hospitalization – The goal of Addiction Rehab programs is to help the addict recover from drug/alcohol addiction by addressing the addiction and underlying issues that contribute to the addiction. Although drug rehab and alcohol rehab treatment options are somewhat unique, top quality addiction treatment programs contain certain core areas. Here are several aspects that the best drug and alcohol addiction programs have in common:

Group Therapy - Group therapy teaches the value of reaching out and relying on others, including other people in recovery who have similar experiences and challenges. Group therapy provides a sense of belonging.  There are other recovering people who believe in you and will identify and understand what you are going through. Group therapy also gives a chance to receive and offer feedback to specific issues that are being addressed in treatment.  This allows for a deeper understanding of your situation.

Individual Therapy/Drug Counseling - Individual therapy involves private meetings between you and your counselor.  It allows you to work through specific issues which you may have difficulty addressing in a group setting. It also allows you the benefit of direct confidential input from your counselor.  While group sessions are designed to teach you to receive support from, and lend support to, others, individual session allows you to work privately with a counselor.

Self Discovery - One of the most important benefits of the best addiction rehab programs is the amount of time and the tools provided to learn about yourself.  Learning includes discovery of your limitations, boundaries, assets, liabilities, strengths, weaknesses, losses in life and what is gained from ending addiction.

Family Involvement - Family programming is an essential part of any treatment program. Addiction is truly a family disease and impacts your family and friends.   Also, there are behaviors in the family dynamics that are wrapped up in the disease of addiction. Ideally these are addressed with the family members while the addict is being helped.  The success of any addiction rehab program depends on including family members and close friends.  Research suggests that including family and friends in the education and participation in the addiction treatment process improves the outcome.

In the family program, your family members and friends will learn about the disease of addiction and learn to identify strengths and resources to help themselves and to encourage you in your recovery. Some addiction treatment programs require family members and friends to attend Al-Anon meetings.

Which Is The Best Addiction Treatment?  The answer depends on your situation.  Some people are self-motivated and able to integrate addiction treatment into their current living environment and daily life.  The home environment is safe and sober and the person is able to resist temptations and triggers met during the normal day.  For these people IOP/Intensive Outpatient may be a good option.  Some people need a new environment, closer guidance and monitored surroundings in order to achieve sobriety.  For these people, inpatient rehab is likely the best option.  When inpatient rehab is completed, a transition to Intensive Outpatient is generally recommended.  The goals is to help transition the person back into their life with as many tools and supports as possible.

New Hope Recovery Center offers Partial Hospitalization Treatment, Intensive Outpatient Rehab in Chicago.

Written By: New Hope Recovery Center

Drug addiction and alcoholism is a progressive disease, so there are many stages of the disease and many different levels of care in which you can treat them. Although the 28 day treatment programs are effective for the severe/chronic cases, Intensive Outpatient is a great alternative. Most people think of a 28 day treatment program when they think of rehab for alcoholism or some other substance addiction.

It is important for people to recognize that there are many different ways to get sober and start a life of recovery. There is not ONE perfect way to get sober. Each individual is different, people learn differently, they cope differently, they manage things differently, which is why there is not one perfect way to get sober. There is inpatient, intensive outpatient, outpatient therapy, individual therapy, SMART Recovery meetings, AA meetings, NA meetings, and the list goes on. Intensive Outpatient is not better than other therapies, but it is becoming the most common because of the restrictions managed care is putting on the availability of inpatient treatment days.

Intensive Outpatient provides structured treatment 3 hours per day; at least 3 times a week (it can be as frequent as 5 times a week). The most beneficial part of a client attending an Intensive Outpatient program is that while in treatment, they have one foot in rehab and one foot in their daily life. For example: While they are learning about coping mechanisms in their groups, they can practice them in their daily lives and come back to their counselor and group for support and express any struggles they are having. They have a built in support system in their lives while beginning new routines and making new life choices. This is why it’s important for clients that have been in inpatient to transition to Intensive Outpatient program afterwards, it helps them transition back into their daily routines with support from a clinical team and a sober community.

Intensive Outpatient also allows a client to continue their normal work and home routine while attending treatment. They will not have to worry about taking off time from work, missing holidays/birthdays with their family/friends, or having people find out why they took a leave of absence. Intensive Outpatient is also significantly cheaper than a 28 day treatment program and insurance companies are more likely to cover the entire treatment stay of Intensive Outpatient program rather than that of an inpatient stay.

Inpatient treatment is still an important level of care for clients that are in the severe, late or chronic stages of an addiction. They typically need more medical care in conjunction with their treatment which is why it is important that they start in an inpatient setting. The best way to determine which level of care is right for you or someone you know who is struggling with an addiction or alcoholism is to get an assessment at a treatment center by a trained professional.

New Hope Recovery Center offers Intensive Outpatient at night and in the morning. The night time program is from 6-9pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The morning program is from 8:30-11:45am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday (extended hours on Saturday). For more information about New Hope Recovery Center’s IOP program: Intensive Outpatient.

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

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Residential Drug Rehab: The Inpatient Treatment Option