No two cases of addiction are completely alike. Addiction is a complex disease that frequently requires individualized therapies over a considerable timespan. For many patients, that means going through several levels of care. If the substance use disorder (SUD) is severe, residential treatment is often the appropriate level of care.
But, if the SUD is moderate or mild, an intensive outpatient program (IOP) might be the better fit. If required, an IOP offers greater freedom and flexibility than residential treatment. When appropriate, an IOP provides effective treatment with fewer disruptions of social, family, occupational, and educational routines and relationships.
A month-long timeout from work or school in order to go through recovery can sometimes feel difficult. Intensive outpatient services give patients the flexibility to maintain their schedule and household responsibilities while stabilizing their recovery from addiction.
IOPs are Discreet
A frequent roadblock for recovery is a feeling of embarrassment and shame. Many people struggle with admitting that they have a problem. They may not want employers and neighbors to know about their addiction treatment. The Diamond IOPs are committed to your privacy and will use discretion at all times.
IOPs are Affordable
Another benefit of an IOP is its affordability. The cost of outpatient treatment is significantly less expensive than inpatient recovery. If patients simply can’t afford residential treatment, they don’t have to give up on their recovery but should consider an IOP instead.
IOPs Offer a "Step-down" Level of Care
IOPs serve another crucial function: as a step-down level of care. After weeks of comprehensive addiction treatment, the person in recovery is transitioned to the intensive outpatient program from an inpatient or residential facility. In that case, the IOP serves as an important buffer to stabilize further the recovery begun during a residential treatment program.