Although it is possible to recover from drugs and alcohol with inpatient treatment alone, adding an intensive outpatient program (IOP) to your aftercare plan can help you build a stronger foundation for your recovery.
Generally, an IOP requires patients to attend three-hour group therapy sessions, three to five days a week. With a strong commitment and an open mind, an IOP can benefit you in a number of fantastic ways—not just in recovery, but in life in general.
Here are four benefits of attending an IOP after inpatient rehab that you may not have discovered yet:
1. Learn how to overcome everyday obstacles
In group therapy sessions, you will learn a number of skills designed to keep obstacles from standing in your way. For example, learning to communicate better can help you survive social settings without feeling the need to abuse drugs or alcohol. Many IOP groups also discuss ways to cope with cravings and the daily demands of professional and family life in healthy and productive ways.
Ultimately, intensive outpatient rehab can equip you with the tools you need to face the toughest days, so you can focus more on your goals and less on your troubles.
2. Enjoy the same services you did in a residential treatment center
You may be worried that some of the services that were offered as a part of your residential treatment plan won’t be offered in outpatient rehab. However, many IOPs actually offer most of the same services as inpatient programs, such as group therapy, individual counseling, massage therapy, and acupuncture. That way, you can start transitioning back to your personal and work life while still receiving professional care.
3. Improve your chances of recovery
Many people find that when they complete their inpatient treatment plan, they aren’t quite ready to stop therapy altogether. If you feel this way, enrolling in an IOP can be an excellent way to extend your treatment and get the added support you need to thrive in recovery.
The support network of professionals and peers that you gain from outpatient treatment can help you stay accountable, therefore, improving your chances of achieving long-term sobriety.
4. Become a better problem-solver
Being in an IOP can help you observe your behaviors from a different perspective than when you were at a treatment facility. For example, when you were in rehab, you probably had to rely mostly on your memory to discuss the areas you wanted to work on with your therapist.
On the other hand, in outpatient therapy you can discuss life events as they happen, allowing you to solve issues as they arise. Ideally, handling your problems in a healthy way will become second nature as you continue to work with your therapist.