Is Intensive Outpatient Care Right for You?
If you have a safe home environment, transportation and are in stable condition, an intensive outpatient program may be the best option. Many of our outpatient clients have completed residential treatment but still need some support. They find the intensive outpatient program to be a great stepping stone as they transition into full independence.
What to Expect with Serenity’s Intensive Outpatient Program
You can expect 10-15 hours of group and individual therapy each week, plus encouraged participation in a 12-step program. Therapy sessions will occur on the serenity campus or remotely. Typically you visit our campus three to four times per week. One session may last up to three hours. Serenity’s Intensive Outpatient Program requires (9-15) hours of participation each week.
Group therapy is a key part of Serenity’s intensive outpatient program. Participating in group therapy will help you enhance your communication skills and keep you connected to peers that understand your daily challenges. Group therapy is a safe environment where you can witness and share the benefits of recovery and get helpful tips for day-to-day life outside of residential treatment.
You will also have access to individual therapy in Serenity’s intensive outpatient program. Individual therapy helps you work one on one with your personal therapist. In this setting, you can dig deeper into the work done in group therapy. If you don’t feel comfortable talking in a group setting, individual therapy gives you the space and comfort you may need to feel at ease. You’ll schedule at least one weekly individual therapy session while participating in the intensive outpatient program.
Serenity will recommend that you participate in peer support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. These 12-step groups provide a structure for recovery that are critical as you transition from residential and outpatient treatment. If you’ve participated in our residential treatment program you will already be familiar with these support groups. If you’re not familiar or not currently working with one, we will connect you to the right support group.
How to Choose the Right Intensive Outpatient Program
Choosing the right intensive outpatient program can be the difference between success and relapse. You need treatment that is easily accessible. Choose a location that doesn’t require a long commute. The care within the program needs to be personalized. Beware of one size fits all approaches to recovery. You need a tailored treatment program that fits your unique situation. Choose one that provides medical care and evidence-based treatments. Make sure the program provides a social support network opportunity. You need a strong support system to avoid relapse.