Our adult intensive outpatient program (IOP) is exactly that: intensive. We require IOP participants to attend the program between three and five days a week, for three hours each day. We also encourage attendance at self-help support group meetings but do not make this mandatory. This time commitment helps participants adapt more easily to the program. It also allows them to get prompt support from counselors who have many years of addiction treatment experience.
We currently run two IOP cohorts every weekday: one in the morning and one in the evening. Doing so accommodates most clients’ schedules. These groups meet at times that enable IOP attendees to also attend a local AA and/or NA meeting.
The amount of time clients attend the IOP decreases as they demonstrate abstinence, attend groups regularly, and meet agreed-upon goals. Eventually, they are ready to step down into our standard outpatient aftercare group.
Our IOP always begins with a thorough assessment. The evaluation includes relevant tests or referrals for additional services as needed (both during and after the program). Thus, our staff has a better understanding of the challenges a client may face in recovery; by addressing these problems, our clients learn new ways to live in the world and can overcome their addictions with new and mindful approaches.
Research shows that if a recovering person can handle stress, they are more likely to maintain abstinence. In both our IOP and its aftercare component, we teach concrete skills grounded in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that are research-proven to decrease the risk of relapse in those who are most susceptible. These skills can help those in early recovery decrease cravings, tolerate stress, regulate emotional reactions, and be more effective in developing supports.
Recognizing Relapse Signs
Resource Connect’s licensed clinicians are not only able to provide substance abuse treatments, but they are also capable of recognizing common mental health disorders and referring patients for treatment of the same.
Two days a week, our team uses assessments and exercises from research-based relapse prevention programs to identify early warning signs that a patient may return to alcohol and other drug use after they attain initial abstinence. In this way, our program systematically addresses the cravings and stumbling blocks that can be setbacks for clients.
Attending twelve-step meetings is not required, but we strongly encourage clients to do so. While we do not promote any particular philosophy or spirituality to our clients, we see such groups as the most easily accessible support system available to those in recovery. We begin our groups late enough in the morning and early enough in the evening so that those in IOP can attend local a.m. or p.m. meetings.
Please note: Participants coming from an inpatient stay where they maintained abstinence from all drugs and alcohol will not be considered for opioid replacement therapy. Individuals with fewer dependencies are more likely to remain drug free and learn how to function without drugs and alcohol.
For those currently using opiates, a board certified addiction medicine physician may work with you to find the best alternative.
We currently have clinical staff available for those needing mental health treatment. You can learn more about the clinicians who are available at the Resource Group website.
The CARF Three-Year Accreditation was awarded to The Resource Group for the following programs: IOP/OP Adult Addiction Treatment