Treatment Approach

The treatment approach at The Diamond IOP is based on 12-Step facilitation and the relapse prevention model developed by Terence T. Gorski, an internationally recognized expert on substance abuse and mental health. This treatment model has been recognized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse as one of the "best known and most respected treatment approaches in the United States."

Intensive Outpatient Programs like Diamond IOPs allow people in recovery to meet their life’s daily obligations while getting their addiction under control. Therapy sessions take place at one of our facilities several times a week with a variety of therapies designed to stabilize the patient’s recovery. The 12-Step approach is a proven method to support recovery from addiction. 12-Step programs were initially created for people struggling with alcohol use disorder. The first such program—Alcoholics Anonymous—employed the same basic principles and concepts used in all the other programs based on it. They are now widely used for a variety of substance use disorders and addictive behaviors. Using the 12-Step approach in outpatient therapy is essential to a healthy and lasting recovery.

The other main pillar of our treatment approach is relapse prevention. Relapse prevention is critical to people battling addiction to avoid a possibly life-threatening return to substance abuse.

The key to relapse prevention is to understand that relapse usually happens gradually. It may begin weeks before the patient actually picks up a drink or drug. The goal of therapy is to help individuals recognize the early warning signs of relapse and employ coping skills accordingly. Gorski has broken down relapse into multiple phases that include a return of denial, defensive behavior and depression, all leading to loss of control and eventually to a relapse episode.

With the right support and treatment, relapse can be prevented and recovery stabilized. Our approach is flexible and tailored to the individual needs of the patient. We use small therapy groups with fewer than ten participants to focus on individual concerns and still employ the support of the group.