Approximately one in 11 people suffer with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, that’s roughly 22 million Americans. It is estimated that 60 percent of those with substance abuse issues have an underlying psychiatric disorder. Bakersfield Behavioral Health has created its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to meet the specialized needs of adults with substance abuse and mental health issues, embracing a foundation of recovery while addressing the individual’s underlying mental health needs at the same time.
The Intensive Outpatient Program at Bakersfield is comprised of group therapy and exposure to community resources such as 12 step programs and NAMI based on individual needs. Our program is facilitated by licensed therapist/counselors and can bridge the gap between a traditional 28-day program and inpatient psychiatric treatment.
We use evidence-based practice approaches for the treatment of psychological symptoms which involve cognitive and behavior therapies (CBT). The benefits of CBT have been demonstrated for a wide-range of symptoms in adults. Unlike inpatient programs, PHP allows participants to engage in intensive group therapy by day, returning to their home or residence in the evening.
In a group setting, individuals learn about mental health, substance use and abuse and how to cope with life’s daily stressors. Groups include relapse prevention, warning signs, understanding emotions and self-esteem.
When Is Adult IOP the Right Fit?
This program can serve as a step down from inpatient detox or a step up from individual therapy. The program duration is customizable to the individual’s needs, but in most cases, can last anywhere between four to six weeks. The goal of the IOP is to promote the highest level of functioning of each patient through interactive education groups, co-occurring counseling groups, outside/consultant speaker groups, a family program and aftercare groups.
Ongoing support for recovery
WHAT is “Recovery Road”?
Free meetings for former Bakersfield Behavioral Health patients and their families to support recovery from addiction.
WHO can attend?
All former patients and their families have a lifelong membership.
HOW does one benefit?
The meetings are comprised of 12-step program components, group therapy and mental health wellness training. Alumni and their families can benefit from a well-structured, professionally managed wellness program to help maintain long-lasting recovery.
6:30 to 7:30 pm:
Each Wednesday is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous®. Open Al-anon meetings are also offered every first and third Wednesday of the month. Open meetings are for anyone in the community who is interested in recovering from substance use.
7:30 to 8:30 pm:
Alumni Group: Mental health wellness training (first and third Wednesday of every month)
- The science and physiology of addiction (aka: “Why can’t we just stop?”)
- Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Relationships – with and without addiction
- The role of spirituality in recovery
- The stages of recovery and the roadmap to wellness
- Relapse prevention
- Stress management
- Relaxation, mindfulness and meditation techniques
- Recognizing and conquering “triggers”
- The role of time management and scheduling in recovery