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Intensive Outpatient Program

Across the United States, there are thousands of addiction treatment centers. Each facility offers various types of treatment options ranging from inpatient residential drug rehab programs to outpatient addiction treatment options. Also, there are different types of outpatient addiction treatment options depending on your individual treatment needs. 

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How Does Inpatient Treatment Differ from Outpatient Treatment?

The most notable difference between an intensive outpatient program and an inpatient program is that those who participate in an inpatient residential program in Los Angeles live at the facility throughout the duration of their treatment program. Also, residential treatment programs typically offer various services, treatment options, and amenities that intensive outpatient (and traditional outpatient) programs do not. For example, an inpatient program provides meals, housing, comprehensive medical care, nutrition services, and recreational opportunities. Due to the “residential” nature of inpatient programs, services and options such as these are possible.  

Inpatient residential programs are generally a better fit for those who struggle with a severe addiction or have completed an addiction treatment program and suffer a relapse. To enhance the chances of treatment success, it is often beneficial to remove the temptations associated with drugs or alcohol for an extended period. Inpatient residential programs are also a suitable option for those who have challenging or difficult home environments that are unstable, triggering, or for those with co-existing mental health conditions requiring specific dual-diagnosis treatment. 

Each type of program has its pros and cons, and therefore, the best option for each person will differ. Inpatient programs provide care on a 24-hour per day basis. Regardless of the time of day, medical monitoring, mental health supervision, and nutritional support are available in a structured environment away from known triggers. Unfortunately, inpatient residential programs can be more expensive than outpatient programs and require a time commitment away from loved ones. 

Intensive outpatient programs provide the ability to remain at home while receiving treatment. Also, intensive outpatient treatment centers are traditionally less expensive and provide flexibility around treatment session scheduling. The primary con to inpatient outpatient programs is the simple fact that you remain integrated into your home community throughout treatment. This means it is not unreasonable to assume you will be exposed to the same triggers that both led to and further propagated ongoing substance abuse. There is also a notable lack of access to on-site medical care and detox services. 

The duration of an inpatient addiction treatment program often varies from as little as thirty days to as long as six months. How long you stay in treatment will depend on several factors, including your addiction’s severity, if this is your first time at an inpatient treatment center in Los Angeles, and your overall physical and mental health. 

Intensive outpatient programs typically consist of a schedule that includes several hours of daily treatment between three and five days per week (totaling around thirty hours per week). Most intensive outpatient programs last for at least ninety days, but some can last longer, depending on your treatment needs.

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Intensive outpatient programs are generally better suited for those with less severe addictions, minimal or no co-occurring mental health conditions, and a stable, safe support structure at home. Group therapy is one of the main components of intensive outpatient treatment programs in Los Angeles. Group settings allow you to improve your communication, give and receive support from peers, experience structure, and perhaps most importantly, learn how to socialize without drugs or alcohol. 

Intensive outpatient programs strive to help you maintain abstinence, address issues such as housing and employment, develop a “sober” support system, and improve problem-solving and coping skills. Most intensive outpatient programs do not offer detox services. If your addiction is such that detox is necessary before you can successfully participate in treatment, you may be referred to a residential program or similar detox facility for detox services before beginning outpatient care. 

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What to Expect at an Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive outpatient treatment programs in Los Angeles use several different therapy models to help you achieve and maintain long-term sobriety. The most common of these include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and other similar therapeutic approaches. Some intensive outpatient programs also incorporate 12-step programs into their treatment approaches. 

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Our intensive outpatient program in Woodland Hills begins with a comprehensive assessment of your unique treatment needs. After this initial assessment, a therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan based on your needs and where you are in the recovery process. Part of the treatment planning process consists of creating a schedule for how many days and hours you will attend treatment each week. If your treatment needs or the speed of your recovery change during treatment, this plan can always be revised. Intensive outpatient programs generally meet on weekdays and offer day and evening programs to ensure treatment options are available to everyone, regardless of work, school, or family obligations. 

During the time you are at treatment, you will meet for various group sessions, including relapse prevention, family groups, addiction education, skill-building, and 12-step groups.

Most intensive outpatient programs conduct drug testing while you attend the program. The frequency and intervals of this testing varies and can be quite random. Drug testing is a normal part of many treatment protocols. It helps the program ensure that participants follow program rules and protects other program members from those who choose to continue to use. A positive drug test may be a sign that you need to consider a higher level of treatment, such as a residential program.

It is important to remember that once you complete your intensive outpatient program, you are not necessarily “cured.” Maintaining recovery and long-term sobriety will take ongoing work. Many who struggle with addictions to drugs or alcohol will still participate in some form of continuing care after completing treatment. Continuing group sessions or meeting with your therapist one-on-one can help you stay motivated in your sobriety and continue to work on essential relapse prevention skills. If you are ready to seek addiction treatment and believe an intensive outpatient program might be right for you, contact us at Comfort Recovery today. There is no wrong time to begin the journey to sobriety. Find your path to freedom at Comfort Recovery in Woodland Hills.

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