What Happens in Washington Intensive Outpatient Addiction Treatment?

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Perhaps one of the scariest parts of addiction is not wondering where you will get the next fix. It is not the fear of the emotions that you are trying to cover up. One of the scariest parts of addiction is actually wondering what will happen when you try to get clean.

This article describes what happens in intensive outpatient treatment. How does it differ from inpatient treatment? Is it effective? Why might a person choose intensive outpatient treatment rather than inpatient treatment? What options are available for intensive outpatient treatment at The Recovery Village Ridgefield?

Washington State Intensive Outpatient Treatment – What Is It Like?

The process of undergoing intensive outpatient treatment means that your addiction does not require an inpatient stay for detoxification. Intensive outpatient treatment, or IOT, is an effective method of addiction treatment in Washington that helps people regain their health, sometimes while still working.

An article in Psychiatric Services says “IOPs are an important part of the continuum of care for alcohol and drug use disorders. They are as effective as inpatient treatment for most individuals seeking care.” 

These programs provide support and can be used after discharge from an inpatient treatment facility or as a stand-alone service. At a minimum, Washington State outpatient treatment programs provide nine-hours of care each week, typically in three three-hour sessions. However, some programs provide longer or a different number of sessions. These programs provide an important distinction from inpatient services; they allow people to stay in their community, which can ease their transition back into clean and sober daily living. While the types of services in these programs can vary, they typically include:

  • Group Counseling
    Group therapy sessions engage participants in the shared experience of overcoming their addiction. Studies show that these sessions are at least as effective as individual counseling. These sessions seek to teach new ways of behaving while dealing with the emotions underlying the drug addiction.
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  • Individual Therapy
    Dealing with issues in a one-on-one setting can be extremely helpful to the substance user. They are particularly helpful in the case of co-occurring disorders. These sessions seek to reinforce the work done in the group setting.
  • Psycho-Educational Sessions
    This work seeks to teach substance users about their addiction. In a straightforward transmission of the facts, participants will learn about the medical and scientific reasons for their addiction. 
  • Ambulatory Detoxification and Medication Management
    These programs have specific clinical guidelines for helping the patient go through low-level withdrawal with supervision and support in an ambulatory setting. Then medication-assisted treatment is monitored with the goal of preventing relapse.
  • Case Management
    Substance users often have additional issues related to their dependency that require a host of additional services and resources. This could include treatment of additional medical conditions such as dental care or treatment for STDs. Having a case manager is an important part of any IOT program.

Washington State outpatient treatment is an effective option for substance users seeking to eliminate their addiction. While these are typical services found in an IOT environment, other services are available, dependent upon the needs of the patient.

To learn more about our intensive outpatient treatment programs, contact us today!