Written By: Fiona Stockard
Inpatient vs. IOP Treatment Centers
Choosing the Right Treatment Center
While deciding to seek treatment is a courageous step down the road to recovery, it’s important that the proper treatment is sought. To put it another way, someone with diabetes isn’t going to see a podiatrist.
There are a vast number of rehabilitation programs that cater to clients seeking a drug-free life. Most programs can be classified as either Inpatient or Intensive Outpatient Programs (commonly known as IOP treatment centers).
Choosing the best program depends on factors like the length and severity of the addiction, as well as the client’s general lifestyle and other personal needs. Staying informed and understanding exactly what each program offers will help lead to long-term recovery.
IOP Treatment Centers (Intensive Outpatient Treatment)
Intensive outpatient programs have become increasingly popular as a recovery method for substance abuse, eating disorders, mental health issues, and trauma.
These treatment centers work around an individual’s existing schedule. If you need treatment but have a job, you can work and receive treatment at the same time.
IOP provides intensive treatment that allows access to doctors, counselors, and other medical specialists, as well as group and individual counseling and educational services to help the client overcome addiction. Typically, IOP lasts three hours a day and allows the client to then return to their homes, jobs, and lives. Basically, IOP is treatment for individuals who can’t afford absences from their work, school, or home life.
Inpatient treatment is a common method of rehabilitation for clients who require services like medical monitoring for detox or a controlled and drug-free environment. These programs require the client to live at a facility twenty-four hours a day with a length of stay averaging between twenty-eight and ninety days.
Before someone goes into inpatient treatment they usually have to detox. Inpatient programs are structured and provide therapeutic rehabilitation, physically and emotionally. This type of treatment provides a supportive community in a safe, trigger-free environment.
The path is yours to choose. The good news is you’re not alone.