Once you’ve decided that you have a drug or alcohol problem, you’ll find yourself faced with choosing how and where to get help. Nearly all individuals trying to get sober will begin with detox to safely rid their bodies of the substances they have been using. Depending on your own length and amount of drug use, you may require an inpatient detox or can complete detox at home. Once detox is complete, it’s time to explore the different drug rehab programs available and choose the one that is appropriate for you. 

Drug rehab programs come in a variety of levels and include intensive residential, intensive outpatient, low-intensity outpatient, and sober living.  Deciding on the right plan for you is an important decision, so it’s good to learn about the options. At Thrive Treatment, we’re ready to help you choose the program that is best suited to you. 

Defining Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Intensive outpatient programs are, in essence, the halfway point between residential treatment and traditional outpatient treatment, which is usually lower in intensity.  Intensive outpatient programs in Southern California have proven to be comparable to residential programs in terms of effectiveness without the higher cost of residential programs. Additionally, intensive outpatient programs are able to provide treatment for any co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, and more. If you choose an intensive outpatient program, you can still expect your treatment to include individual and group therapy, case management, treatment planning, drug screens, pharmacotherapy, and more. Intensive outpatient programs will often include education on ways to support our health in recovery such as nutrition, movement, and meditation.  

How Does Intensive Outpatient Treatment Help With Addiction?

Intensive outpatient programs are often longer than residential treatments and offer a great deal more flexibility.  Intensive outpatient programs are an excellent alternative for those who do not need 24-hour supervision but want an extended program.  Intensive outpatient programs enable you to continue to get treatment for your addiction while being able to maintain employment or provide care to your children. Most programs are structured so that you attend treatment 3 hours for 3-5 days each week. This structure allows you time to engage in other efforts to support your recovery such as attendance as 12-step or other recovery program meetings.  

Intensive outpatient programs in Southern California allow you to spend time with others who are also fighting their addictions and begin to build a network of support.  In early recovery, it is critical to change our routines so that we are no longer spending our time with those with whom we used drugs.  Intensive outpatient programs provide us with something to do to work toward our sobriety and also introduce us to activities that we might do when the program is complete.  Perhaps most importantly, intensive outpatient programs provide us with a safe space in which to discuss the difficulties in early recovery as we are learning to navigate living our lives without drugs and alcohol. 

Intensive Outpatient Treatment at Thrive Treatment 

At Thrive Treatment, we believe in treatment that blends modern and traditional practices rather than one specific modality. We integrate relational and behavioral therapies, along with holistic, medical, and psychiatric interventions, to put you on the path to sobriety, emotional health, and overall well-being.  We have what is needed to provide you with an individualized plan to help you succeed in sobriety, both during your inpatient treatment and beyond. Our intensive outpatient program in Santa Monica can help you to manage the delicate work-life-sobriety balance you’re looking to find.  Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!

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