Can You Still See Your Family During an Intensive Outpatient Program?

Outpatient drug rehab can provide you with the flexibility you need during treatment without compromising intensity or accountability. While many people attend outpatient therapy after completing a residential program, intensive outpatient programs can be just as effective for many people. Intensive programs are either half or full-day and incorporate one-on-one counseling with group therapy. Every facility has its own focus and methodology for treating addiction.

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is designed to be a primary medical and psychological treatment for people struggling with addiction. You may be advised to enroll in an IOP as a way to safely undergo medically-supervised detoxification. Drug withdrawal can cause intense physical reactions, and the trained staff at an IOP can help alleviate symptoms and ensure that the detox process goes smoothly. Intensive outpatient programs are not residential, so you will go home at the end of every day and see your family.

Living with family allows you to get the help you need without completely uprooting your life. You are able to prioritize treatment but still accommodate other obligations with both part-time and full-time treatment schedules. Many different types of therapy are found in intensive outpatient programs. Some common treatments include:

  • Post-acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS) management
  • Relapse prevention
  • Drug education
  • Introduction to the 12-step model
  • Group counseling
  • Family education

The family unit is often heavily impacted by drug abuse. An IOP will help you start rebuilding ties right away. While emotional wounds can’t heal overnight, the skills you acquire during your daily sessions will be evident to your loved ones when you’re able to see them at the end of the day. Some outpatient programs offer family counseling, so you may be able to bring your family to treatment on certain days and work on strengthening your relationship and learning how to collaborate on your recovery. People who have a sound support system actively involved in their treatment do better than those who are alone. A good IOP will want your family to be involved in the process and help you stay on track.

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Reach out to one of our specialists today and learn more about how an intensive outpatient program can help you. We’re available 24-hours a day, seven days a week at 800-411-8019.