Intensive Outpatient Programs
Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) is just that, intensive. We require IOP participants to attend the program between three and five days a week, for three hours each day. We also encourage attendance at self-help support group meetings, but do not make this mandatory. This time commitment helps participants adapt more easily to the program and allows them to get correct and immediate support from professionals with many years of addiction treatment experience.
We currently run two IOP cohorts every weekday—one in the morning and one in the evening—to accommodate most schedules. These groups occur late enough in the morning and early enough in the evening so that those in the IOP can attend local a.m. or p.m. AA and/or NA meetings.
As participants demonstrate their ability to stay abstinent, participate in groups, and hit agreed-upon goals, the amount of time they attend the IOP decreases, until they are ready to transfer to aftercare.
Our IOP always begins with a thorough assessment that includes relevant tests, an evaluation by a board certified physician, and referrals for services as needed (both during and after the program). This way, our staff has a better understanding of the challenges a client may face in recovery; by addressing these problems, our clients learn new ways to live in the world and can overcome their addictions with new and mindful approaches.
Research shows that if a recovering person can handle stress, they are more likely to maintain abstinence. In both our IOP and its aftercare component, we teach concrete skills grounded in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that are research-proven to decrease the risk of relapse in those who are most susceptible. These skills can help those in early recovery decrease cravings, tolerate stress, regulate emotional reactions, and be more effective in developing supports.
Recognizing Relapse Signs
Resource Connect’s licensed clinicians are not only able to provide substance abuse treatments, but they are also capable of recognizing common mental health disorders and referring patients for treatment of the same.
Two days a week, our team uses assessments and exercises from research-based relapse prevention programs to identify early warning signs that a patient may return to alcohol and other drug use after they attain initial abstinence. In this way, our program systematically addresses the cravings and stumbling blocks that can be setbacks for clients.
Recovery After 5
Resource Connect’s Recovery After 5, an IOP group designed to accommodate the working professional, is offered from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The clinicians who facilitate the group work to create a thought-provoking environment that strengthens recovery awareness and skills, and they focus on treating all aspects of addiction, including the mental health issues that often undergird addictive behaviors.
Attending twelve-step meetings is not required, but strongly encouraged. While we do not promote any particular philosophy or spirituality to our clients, we see such groups as the most easily accessible support system available to those in recovery. We begin our groups late enough in the morning and early enough in the evening so that those in the IOP can attend local a.m. or p.m. meetings.
Please note: Participants coming from an inpatient stay where they maintained abstinence from all drugs and alcohol will not be considered for opioid replacement therapy. We feel that individuals with fewer dependencies are more likely to remain drug free and learn how to function without drugs and alcohol.
For those currently using suboxone or other opiates, our board certified addiction medicine physician will work with you to find the best alternative.
We currently have a psychopharmacology team available for those needing psychiatric assistance; you can learn more about that here.
Partial Hospitalization Program
Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) is for clients who have not stayed clean and sober at lower levels of support or who have come in with safe housing, but need intensive care.
The PHP requires outpatient group meetings six hours a day, up to five days a week, and all participants are tested several times a week to insure they remain clean and sober. We require attendance at twelve-step meetings during this program and, when appropriate, involve a client’s family in the recovery process.
To provide the best possible care, our PHP participants will be evaluated for psychiatric issues and will meet with their case manager at least twice a week.