When it comes to treating substance abuse, overcoming addiction,and improving mental health, understanding your options for care and what may suit your unique situation most beneficially can sometimes be overwhelming. More importantly, though, is realizing help and care is needed and very much available at New Era Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in New Haven.
As part of your free consultation, you’ll learn about the different programs we provide and get a feel for what level of treatment may be more appropriate for you and your family. If you choose us for your recovery needs, you’ll receive an intake assessment that will help form a treatment plan that is specific to you and you alone.
Part of that plan may include our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Don’t let the name intimidate you. Let’s take a look at why it shouldn’t and the reasons it may be the program you need to reach your goals of long-term recovery and enduring sobriety.
Let’s start with the word “intensive”. When you read that word, you might get thoughts of a lot of hard work, like how you feel after an “intense” workout. And you wouldn’t be too far off. Our Intensive Outpatient Program does include a lot of hard work. But it’s not a military-style boot camp for recovery in New Haven.
No, in this case, the meaning of “intensive” is more appropriately defined as a program that is very thorough, focused, and concentrated. It’s a process that requires your fierce commitment to recovery within a short-time frame of 12-16 weeks.
That may sound dramatic, but it does lay bare what can be expected from you as a participant and what can be expected from us as your rehabilitation center. It is an exhaustive program, but again, not in the way an intense workout is. Instead, it’s exhaustive in all of the recovery avenues provided and tools of treatment utilized to promote your best recovery effort.
Although our Intensive Outpatient Program is thorough, focused, and exhaustive, again, it isn’t like a military-style bootcamp. You’re not on lockdown and you’re not required to stay at a designated residence at our wellness center.
Outpatient simply means you’ll be receiving care more than once a week but allows you to maintain a normal schedule for work or school. Basically, you can come for treatment from work and go home at the end of the day when your session is over.
Yes, with this program, you’re still going to receive a great deal of educational information and do a lot of recovery work, but it also allows you to maintain a healthy life balance when your career or school schedules need to be kept as well.
As the name implies, and as mentioned earlier, the program is just that, a program. In other words, it only lasts for a specific period of time. In our Intensive Outpatient Program’s case, it usually ranges between 12 – 16 weeks. However, it shouldn’t be assumed that at the end of the program your recovery process is complete.
Recovery is best thought of as a lifelong journey that gets better every day.
Our Intensive Outpatient Program provides a vigorous jumpstart to your recovery journey. It lays the foundation, provides the early recovery skills and relapse prevention tools, and improves each individual’s quality-of-life with ways that restore hope and achieve goals.
What You Can Expect
New Era Rehabilitation Center’s Intensive Outpatient Program is a small group-based recovery program that lasts between 12 – 16 weeks that focuses on either substance use, mental health or co-occurring disorders. Specifically:
- IOP provides non-residential treatment to individuals that benefit from more than once-a-week therapy sessions
- IOP lasts between 12 – 16 weeks
- Individuals meet in small group settings of no more than 10 – 12 participants
- Groups meet 3 times a week
- Each meeting lasts 3 hours
- Meetings cover a variety of topics along with peer interaction and support
- Groups work with Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC), Certified Addiction Counselors (CAC), or other professional counselors with advanced degrees
The Intensive Outpatient Program has access to several groups that may be attended as part of the mental health component of the program. These groups include focuses on Early Recovery Skills, 12 Step Facilitation (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc), Social Support, Anger Management, and Relapse Prevention as a part of after-care.
Lastly, you’ll have access to New Era’s team of psychiatric professionals and operational staff to address any concerns and answer any questions you may have before, during, and after your program’s completion.