IOP with ARC is open-ended, which means that clients may choose what works for them. If Residential Treatment and Continuing Care were thought of as stepping stones across a deep pond, then Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) would represent the final step towards solid ground. Unlike ARC’s other aftercare programs, outpatient treatment does not occur along a continuum, but is rather employed in an unorthodox way, which we have found from experience – and supported by the most current research – suggests that at this phase of an addict’s treatment and recovery, a unique approach works best. At ARC, the IOP is a fluid program whose emphasis is less on administering standardized modalities of treatment, or prescribing from a set of psychological assumptions, but instead one that employs whatever modality is most useful and applicable at any given moment with regards to both the individual and the group.
IOP Treatment includes:
- Three group therapy sessions per day, held Monday through Friday
- Individual therapy sessions
- Individual case management sessions
- Specialized group sessions, with topics including but not limited to co-occurring disorders, trauma, grief and loss, life skills, body image, codependency, mindfulness and meditation, and stress management
- Pre-admission evaluation, assessment, and customized treatment planning
- Random drug and alcohol testing
- Individualized treatment planning
- Introduction to 12-step programs and meetings
- Family counseling and weekly support groups
- Medication management and consultation
- Career and education counseling
- Legal support and assistance
- Alumni meetings and events for continued involvement
Whenever necessary, clients may enroll for additional time and still work on continuing to move their recovery process forward. As each person begins the process of integration into a self-supporting daily routine the ARC IOP helps clients grow from personal challenges by providing clinical support while imparting our staffs’ personal recovery experiences. Clients can truly begin to become independent as local resources are readily available. Our location in Los Angeles, California is near educational resources, vocational schools and other supportive services including bus lines and grocery stores.
By the time clients leave it is our goal that they are fully equipped with the tools to be able to manage a daily recovery routine as fully independent recovering people.
Outpatient Treatment In Los Angeles
ARC’s outpatient treatment provides an exclusive array of services that have been created to meet the needs of a very specific niche population, within the greater ARC population of addict’s we treat. The primary treatment objectives during IOP are aimed at addressing the transitional needs of clients suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction or substance abuse. During Intensive Outpatient the treatment focus is on providing safe reintegration into mainstream society. The treatment curriculum during Intensive Outpatient is specialized to provide a safe place for clients to continue work on diagnosed co-occurring conditions and identified underlying issues while receiving a host of applicable life skills. Wherever possible, treatment is coordinated in clinical continuity with referring professionals.
Clinical Benefits of Outpatient Treatment
During IOP the clinical team supports clients to process the feelings and emotions that surround transition from alcohol and drug rehab. IOP also helps to implement a supportive network of services for solving the triggers of an independent daily living routine. This tactic allows both the therapists and support staff to engage our clients in a way that fully honors wherever they find themselves on their recovery spectrum. No set, homogenized approach is as effective at reaching addicts in their 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th months of recovery, as the treatment protocols that flow organically from both the needs of the individual and the needs of the group; an observation which also applies to alumni with accrued years of sobriety under their belts.
Even these people, former clients and alumni who are in their 2nd or 3rd years of recovery, participate in the outpatient program, because of its inherent clinical benefits. Additionally, there is a sense of camaraderie that pervades the entirety of the outpatient treatment participants that is more strongly developed than the bonds shared between the addicts participating in our other aftercare programs.
As a final word on ARC’s intensive outpatient rehab services, it is significant to note that the majority of care provided inevitably revolves around the unresolved and continuing issues generated by the addict’s dual diagnosis status (more below). When confronting two distinct sets of issues, or issues that overlap symptomatically but whose origins are separate, outpatient care is indispensable. When applied correctly, it strives to include every foreseeable problem-area as well as any unforeseen occurrences that might hinder a safer transition out of inpatient treatment. Assessments of each person are conducted to create a comprehensive plan that is best suited to a person’s specific circumstances.
Intensive Outpatient is All About Transitions
The extended care program provides transitional support for a variety of individual circumstances as well as for a variety of differing levels of commitment to the recovery process. As a component of enrollment in IOP the clinical team assesses each client to determine what risk factors play a role in their maintaining sustained recovery success. Once these risk factors have been identified a personalized treatment plan is developed to assist each client in furthering their commitment to recovery.
Additionally, individual life-goals are identified based on personal passions and interests and a plan of action to achieving these goals is implemented. Vocational and educational placement is a component of the ARC extended care program. Our vicinity and relationships with local colleges and sober employers eases the difficulty of enrollment and/or hiring and helps to instill a sense of purpose on the pathway of recovery. From this phase of treatment a foundation into self-supporting recovery is actualized.
If you or someone you know needs help with addiction or substance abuse issues call 877 415 HOPE to begin the process today. Credentialed intake specialists will assist you in determining which level of care is needed to provide the most effective alcohol and/or drug rehab with ARC, or provide you with referrals to receive the help you need.