There are various types of treatment available when drinking or drug use have become a problem. One of the most common types of treatment is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). At an Intensive Outpatient Program, you’ll have a lot more freedom than you would at a residential treatment center. Residential treatment centers are a place where you live within the treatment center, and there are a lot of restrictions and guidelines. Residential facilities are typically for those with very severe forms of addiction and are a danger to themselves or others, but an IOP is a great place to start if you’re early in your addiction or transitioning from a residential facility.

Why an Intensive Outpatient Program Instead of a Residential Treatment Facility?

When you’re going into any type of addiction treatment program, it’s important to be around people who are in a similar mindset as you. At a residential treatment facility, patients may have been to treatment multiple times before, or are possibly dealing with a complicated history of addiction. A patient may have to go through different evaluations in the residential treatment facility before they are ready to go to an IOP.

An Intensive Outpatient Program is for patients who are ready to learn about the disease of addiction and strategies to improving their lives. An IOP is typically recommended for younger people who are early in their addiction and would benefit from having the freedom to interact with the rest of the world. At Waters Edge, we support an incredible recovery community. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other addicts in recovery who may be able to become part of your support group.

Individualized Treatment at the Intensive Outpatient Program

While you’re receiving treatment at our Intensive Outpatient Program, you’ll have an individualized treatment program. One of the best ways to see that you’re not alone is by being surrounded by other struggling addicts and alcoholics who you can relate to. The disease of addiction can make you feel isolated and alone, and Waters Edge believes that it’s important to have various types of group therapy sessions for those who can best relate to one another. There are different groups available to cater to different backgrounds, such as business professionals, first responders, healthcare workers, seniors, men, women as well as young adults and college students.

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The Benefits of Individual Therapy at the IOP

Group sessions are a great place to get peer support by hearing suggestions from others, but it’s still important to have some one-on-one time with a professional therapist. Not everyone is immediately ready to open up and be honest in a group setting. In fact, many alcoholics and drug addicts began drinking and using due to some degree of social anxiety. With individual therapy, you’ll have a safe place where you can be open and honest with your therapist about your past, your history with drugs or alcohol as well as what your progress is like while you’re in treatment. A therapist is there to offer you suggestions as well as a new perspective on situations that have lead you to drink or use, and they do so from a non-judgmental point of view.

Coming to Waters Edge (or any treatment provider) to begin addiction treatment may be a difficult decision to make. We understand how difficult it is to take the first step and reach out for help. It can be hard to imagine that you’re going to begin on a new journey in life, but it’s a journey that will lead you towards incredible things. Completion of treatment allows you to experience freedom and live to the potential you’ve always dreamed of.

If you or a loved one are struggling with the burden of addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, you don’t have to live this way any longer. Call Waters Edge today at 855-782-1009 to speak with a professional counselor and learn how our programs can help you reclaim your life.