At Granite Recovery Centers, we have a continuum of care that helps people struggling with addiction, continue to get the professional and community support they need to stay sober long after initial residential treatment. Often, clients will progress from inpatient drug rehab to extended care and sober living, and then, ultimately to our intensive outpatient program (IOP). Here, Traci McCarthy, Clinical Director of 4D Recovery Centers, explains how IOP at 4D works, what the schedule looks like, and why it’s vital to lasting recovery from drugs.
What the IOP Schedule Looks Like
It’s intense. They have a lot of services per day. We run intensive outpatient services, which means that clients are coming to us and they’re getting:
- 3 hours of group therapy each day (at least)
- individual therapy (as applicable)
- meeting with psychiatric nurse practitioner (as applicable)
- two days a week we also have a psycho-educational group
The psycho-educational groups are all about skill building. That’s about putting into practice a set of skills that they’re going to take with them after they’re done with 4D.
12 Steps and Co-Occurring Care
Recovery is a very personal thing, but the steps are universal. They’re looking at their moral inventory and sometimes what they’re finding is very, very difficult to accept, to manage and process with other people. This is why there are so many different groups and meeting offerings for clients, to help them work through it all soberly. There are often people that come to us and are in need of intensive outpatient services that may not be in the Granite Recovery Centers’ continuum of care. We welcome those folks. We want to work with those folks. When they come to us, they get a good sense of what 12-Step Recovery and managing co-occurring disorders can be.
We also offer medication management services. We don’t offer substances that are addictive, and habit-forming like suboxone, subutex. Instead, we provide mood stabilizers to help folks manage their symptoms, regulate their mood as they continue in early recovery. The point they come to us, they’ve usually been clean about 30 days, 30 to 45 days. And that’s remarkable, but it’s still early in the process.
Enforced Support During the Transition
So what IOP, outpatient services really does is it offers enough support for these folks so that they have structure, they have a lot of staff support, peer support, but they are also gradually being introduced to real world situations. They may be doing things for the first time not under the influence of a chemical. And that can be overwhelming. In the integration of having sober living and extended care and IOP, what we’re really doing is we’re easing people back into the community through the 12-Steps and through best practice with psychotherapies, so that they’ll have some success. The strength really lies in them working with each other and supporting each other.