WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM?
In an Intensive Outpatient Program, clients receive services primarily through the group therapy process. Some clients may benefit from individual sessions and will be referred accordingly. Groups are small and generally do not exceed 10 people, allowing for a safe environment.
Many different areas of life and topics are covered in our New Path IOP. Everyone is introduced to the following areas:
- Psycho-educational Behavioral processes
- Social skills
- Communication skills
- Relapse Prevention Skills
- How to Manage Urges, Cravings, and anger
- Understanding the Brain Chemistry of Addiction
- Progression of the Disease of Addiction
- Stages of Change
- Focus On Co-Occurring Disorders and the Effects On Addiction and Recovery
- The Family Education Program
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GROUP THERAPY VS. REGULAR COUNSELING OR THERAPY?
Groups form the foundation of most Intensive Outpatient Programs Several recent research studies have confirmed that providing a group therapy approach is as effective as a the individual therapy approaches (McKay et al. 1997; Schmitz et al. 1997).
Although there are many beneifts to having an individualized plan that focuses soley on you with individual therapy, group counseling however, brings about several other benefits that cannot be achieved through individual sessions. Group therapy allows programs and centers
for clients which often becomes a major hindrance for most. Group therapy also allows a major sense of support for clients as they not only move through the psychological and emotional process of healing, but they also begin to experience that they are not alone in their pains and struggles. Some of the other major benefits of group include:
- Providing opportunities for clients to develop communication and socialization skills
- Establishing an environment in which clients help, support, and, when necessary, confront one another
- Introducing a sense of structure and discipline into client’s lives which are often very chaotic.
- Providing a wellness model that not only preaches but also practices ways of interacting and making healthy life choices.
- Advancing individual recovery; group members who are further along in recovery can help other members
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COUNSELING/PSYCHOTHERAPY GROUP VS. A SUPPORT GROUP?
Counseling/Psychotherapy groups are empirically researched settings where people may come to heal from the past pains of life. Counseling Groups are always led by licensed professionals who are regulated by the state for their actions and or opinions. Support groups on the other hand are typically led by former addicts and or individuals whom have struggled with the disorders themselves and now are desiring to help others walk the same path. We believe a strong and sustainable recovery is one that is rooted in obtaining the correct information that you can trust and thus, only offer Group Counseling & Psychotherapy services.
DOES INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAMS INCLUDE DETOX?
Your initial clinical assessment at New Path Treatment and Recovery Center will determine your suitability for the our IOP treatment programs located in Collin County. In some situations, detox may be required. If medically-supervised detox is required, you will learn the specifics of that requirement for your custom treatment plan, and you will be referred to available professional detox services that are a fit for your situation, prior to starting the IOP program. You will also receive important, helpful counseling about your needs and treatment options as part of your assessment.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INPATIENT TREATMENT AND OUTPATIENT TREATMENT?
At an inpatient treatment facility, you live in a residence area, usually a shared dorm room, under the rules and governance of the operators of the center. Each treatment center or hospital is unique with its own set of requirements, but you generally give up control of your day to day life while in treatment. With an outpatient program, like those that you will receive at New Path, you continue to live at your own home. You remain in control of your own life. You can still go to work or get a job, and begin rebuilding your personal life, with the help and support you receive from the program.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM?
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed for people who are struggling with problems associated with mental health, addictions, substance use and abuse, or the co-occurring disorders associated with substance use.
Eligibility for the IOP and its coverage of services is determined by a mandatory clinical/medical assessment, which is conducted at the center as part of your intake.
WILL I BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN 12 STEP SUPPORT GROUPS?
No, New Path Treatment and Recovery Center’s treatment approaches and philosophies are scientifically gathered through research. We are not a religious organization and thus we do not preach any specific set philosophical or religious teachings. 12-step programs are often spiritually or religiously based, and although we believe spirituality to be an important component of your recovery, we focus our work and efforts on the evidenced based approaches.
HOW LONG IS THE INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM?
Our IOP usually runs for a period of 8-10 weeks. The number of weeks often vary depending on different managed care policies.