The purpose of the Intensive Outpatient Program is to help each person learn effective ways to manage and care for oneself while living with a mental health disorder and or substance use issues (if dual diagnosed) and to understand better ways to handle and accept new found responsibilities and to experience new solutions the lead to healthier expressions of one’s total life patterns.
We believe that mental health and alcohol and/or other chemical dependency behaviors produce a combination of physical, psychological, relational and social impairments, and that the treatment approach should reflect an understanding of these aspects of the total person. We believe that treatment should help each person find his or her own path towards recovery and that treatment should therefore be individualized. We believe that recovery occurs along a continuum and that treatment should be matched to the needs of the individual and when practical, their family, as they proceed along that continuum. We believe that honesty is the foundation of recovery and that recovery occurs best in an atmosphere of rigorous honesty, commitment to recovery, and humanitarian compassion.
Benefits of Program
We believe that recovery extends beyond treatment, and we promote connection with community outpatient mental health resources that can help the recovering person continue to grow after treatment of our program.
The Intensive Outpatient Program provides a therapeutic environment in which the individual can develop the skills necessary for recovery. Staff members respect the individuality of each patient and family and promote their self-respect, dignity, and rights.
We believe that we are responsible for our own personal growth and professional development, and we commit ourselves to those processes. We believe that we serve the community, and we commit ourselves to identifying and responding to the needs of this community.
Our Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (CD-IOP) is designed to provide short term stabilization and resolution for adult individuals suffering from a crisis or exacerbation of their psychiatric condition. Our program allows you, our patient, to receive treatment while still maintaining an independent lifestyle. Our goal is to help you get back to living your life as normally and productively as possible, as soon as possible.
The majority of therapeutic work in the IOP or CD-IOP is accomplished via group therapy sessions. Group work has been shown by many bodies of research to be amazingly affective in the healing and recovery process due the multi-dimensional healing attributes present and working together all at the same time. You will also have the opportunity to work individually with a team of therapeutic clinicians during the program, including a psychiatrist, registered nurses, mental health clinicians, and others. Your primary clinician will provide an orientation of the IOP or CD-IOP with you to discuss and review the specifics of your specialized treatment plan.
You will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of a treatment plan, or road map for treatment, that will be tailored to meet your unique needs as well as to accommodate preferences in as much as possible. Variables can include things such as program track time, the involvement of significant others or family in treatment, anticipated length of treatment, and others.
Participants in the IOP or CD-IOP attend the program minimum of 3-4 days per week from 9:00am – 1pm (breakfast and lunch are provided). The IOP and CD-IOP runs Monday through Friday and has specialized tracks for mental health, chemical dependency and dual diagnosed. The details of your program will be discussed and decided during your orientation with your primary clinician.
Issues addressed in groups effectively promote the healing process and help you:
- Reduce fears, anxieties and depression
- Increase self-regulation skills
- Manage anger, guilt and shame
- Curb destructive impulses and behavior
- Regulate emotions and tolerate distress
- Express thoughts and feelings
- Set limits and build structure to their days
- Replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk
- Explore personal values and beliefs
- Practice interpersonal effectiveness and communications skills
- Learn effective and healthy ways to express anger
- Generally, improve patients’ quality of life and well-being