Intensive Outpatient Alcohol & Drug Rehab & Recovery
One of the biggest traps into which some people in early recovery fall is a false sense of security.
Perhaps they’ve completed medical detox and are feeling better physically. Maybe they’ve wrapped up 28 days of inpatient addiction treatment program and are ready to get back to their lives. Inevitably, the thought crosses their minds: “I’ve got this.”
At Cornerstone of Recovery, experience has demonstrated, time and time again, that when it comes to addiction, that’s a very dangerous thought indeed. Five days in detox does not equal recovery, and 28 days in residential drug rehab doesn’t mean that an addict is “cured.” Treatment, in fact, is the first stage of a lifelong process, and during that time, foundation stones are laid … but unless “construction” of that metaphorical structure is carried through, those stones eventually succumb to the pressures of time, crumbling under the weight of life on life’s terms until it’s difficult to see that they ever existed at all.
As part of Cornerstone’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), patients are given the tools they need to continue that construction. For three hours a day, four days a week, clients take the next steps on their recovery journey, whether it’s deeper into the emotional landscapes of their inner selves that they began to explore in residential inpatient, or those initial ones that brought them to Cornerstone in the first place.
Sometimes, IOP is the first step on that journey. For patients in a living situation that’s conducive to recovery and who have a strong support system in place, IOP is a structured program that provides rigorous therapy for those struggling with addiction. It’s intense, as the name implies, but it’s also a program that gives clients more responsibility in the maintenance of their own recovery. Those with no previous treatment experience will be given a basic understanding of recovery as well as access to the therapeutic tools used by Cornerstone staff members, who are drawn equally from both academia and the local recovering community. It’s a crash course in recovery from addiction, and over an 8- to 10-week period, patients will find a supportive environment where they begin to recuperate from the damage addiction has caused in their lives, discover inroads into the local recovery community and learn not only about their disease, but about ways to keep it in remission.
Patients must be at least 18 years of age and chemically dependent, but that’s just the beginning — they must be motivated to change, willing to attend all meetings and submit to random alcohol/drug screenings. In addition, patients may be fighting the compulsion to use drugs, but that compulsion should be controllable in order to take part in the Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program. In addition, medical and/or psychological problems can’t be a factor, and a safe, stable, drug-free home environment is a necessity. Potential patients must also have their own reliable transportation to get them to and from IOP meetings and sessions.
What does intensive outpatient treatment entail?
- 12-step recovery model
- Individual counseling
- Addiction assessment
- Peer evaluation
- Activity therapy
- Continuing care/Aftercare
- Group therapy
- Meditation, spiritual education
- 12-step groups
- Psycho-educational groups
- Education groups
- Psycho-social assessment
- Stress Management
- Family therapy
Because of the staggered times of IOP sessions – 9 a.m. to noon, 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. – participants are able to take their first steps back into the world. For many of them, having a place to return to on a regular basis keeps them grounded emotionally and sustained spiritually. It gives them a network of peers who hold them accountable and offer them guidance, as well as a network of recovering individuals with sights set on the same goal: sustained, long-term sobriety unhindered by addiction or the problems that accompany it.
More importantly, IOP provides another line of defense against old ways of living and old patterns of thinking that threaten to derail the recovery process before it truly has a chance to begin. Call Cornerstone today and let us help you determine if you qualify.
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