When someone comes to the realization they have a serious addiction issue, the last thing they need is anything that would prevent them from getting the care they need. It’s for that reason that the addiction treatment community is continually looking for more treatment options that can be specifically tailored to most any client’s needs.
If you keep that in mind, the only obstacle to getting treatment that you’ll likely face is simply your unwillingness to come to grips with the idea you have a serious addiction problem. Without that realization, you’ll find it difficult to find the motivation to finally throw up the white flag and get yourself into treatment. We implore you to not let anything stand in your way of getting treatment.
If your addiction problem is significant, it’s likely you would need to commit yourself to an inpatient treatment program. In many cases, that’s simply the best option. However, we are aware some people have personal circumstances that make inpatient care too restrictive. In such cases, most drug rehabs can offer outpatient options. Here’s the three most common outpatient treatment options being administered in rehabs across the nation (note these three options are listed from most restrictive to least restrictive):
- Partial hospitalization
- Intensive outpatient
- Standard outpatient care
For the most part, the primary thing that differentiates these three options is the time the client will have to participate in treatment. Partial hospitalization is a very restrictive option. While the client will be able to spend nights at home, they’ll still need to invest as much as 6 to 8 hours a day in the treatment facility for 5 to 7 days a week.
Dropping down a level, an intensive outpatient care option will usually require the client to invest as much as 3 to 5 hours a day in the treatment facility for 3 to 5 days a week. At the standard outpatient care level, the client will basically be in maintenance mode, which will typically result in the client reporting for treatment a couple of times as week for a couple of hours a day.
At all levels, the client has a responsibility to attend all scheduled appointments and abide by all rules. If able to do that, the client’s treatment process will likely go smoothly. If there are issues and the client shows little to no progress, they could be dismissed from the outpatient program or asked to commit to residential treatment as an alternative.
Are IOP Programs Customizable Based on Your Scheduling Needs?
As we discuss outpatient care, we’ll focus on the middle of the road option, intensive outpatient care. Remember, the IOP option will likely require that your report to rehab 3 to 5 days a week for as much as 3 to 5 hours a day of therapy. The good news is that no matter how much time is prescribed, most rehab facilities offer enough flexibility to address each client’s specific needs. That’s correct. No matter what your circumstances and time restrictions might be, there should be ways to construct your intensive outpatient treatment program around your scheduling needs.
By offering the ability to do this, we feel it increases the likelihood addiction sufferers will eventually reach out for the help they need. If you have employment, you can rest easy there will be ways to construct your treatment program in such a manner to avoid scheduling conflicts. If you work a standard job during the day, you should be able to schedule your treatment programs for evenings and weekends.
Once your schedule is set in place, you have to show up on time every time. Your time will be spent mostly in intensive individual therapy sessions with the possibility of participation in treatment groups. The goal of treatment is simple: to educate you about your addiction and help you identify ways you can battle your demons and avoid relapses. Your success in finding recovery is going to depend on your willingness to do the work and be honest about what’s driving your addiction.
We hope we have set your mind at ease about any potential scheduling issues that might otherwise prevent you from getting the treatment you need. To start the treatment process, you can contact one of our representatives at (440) 253-9915. From there, we will immediately begin working with you on an outpatient treatment program that meets your specific needs. If you totally commit to the process, we’ll gladly help lead you to the promised land of recovery.