Our Military Intensive Outpatient Program (M-IOP) is designed to address the specific needs and treatment challenges facing members of the military, law enforcement officers, and first responders. Successful treatment outcomes have been strongly linked to a working therapeutic alliance formed between therapist and client. All M-IOP clinicians have a military or law enforcement background, as well as extensive experience treating such patients.
Diamond Healthcare’s M-IOP curriculum is based on the relapse prevention model developed by Terence T. Gorski, an internationally recognized expert on substance use disorders and mental health, the principles of 12-Step recovery, and the lessons learned from working directly with this patient population for over two decades.
Our program specializes in treating populations who have traditionally shown increased levels of resistance to addiction treatment prompted by a lack of trust in mental health support systems. All too often command support is underutilized due to fears that it may limit career advancement. For veterans, this mindset of distrust does not end with their service commitment but is carried with them as they navigate the private sector.
One of the challenges of an IOP for members of the military and law enforcement officers is to overcome feelings of shame about suffering from a substance use disorder, so trust in the therapy process can be established quickly. This will be much easier in an environment of peers where both therapists and clients have a military or law enforcement background. It will save a lot of time if everybody is intimately familiar with the needs of this patient population. Establishing trust—which is frequently more difficult than with civilian patients—is crucial, so the process of being honest and looking inward can begin as soon as possible.