Outpatient Programs for Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, and Primary Mental Health
Why is it that so many people who have completed a drug or alcohol addiction program fail to maintain sobriety? Yes, while addiction is treatable, it is, after all, a chronic relapsing condition, so falling down is likely inherent to the disease. But with alcohol relapse rates of up to 50% in the first three years following treatment, according to a study by Rudolf and Bernice Moos of the Society for the Study of Addiction, it seems as if something is missing in the treatment picture.
Most addiction treatment programs are focused on detoxification and stabilization, followed by assorted therapies designed to help the recovering addict gain insights about their addictive behaviors, as well as tools to help them avoid relapse after the program ends. This is all good, but may not address the underlying mental health issues that could be driving the propensity towards substance abuse. For this reason, day and intensive outpatient programs that have dual diagnosis as a central theme are more effective at treating the whole person, and not just the addiction.
About Day and Intensive Outpatient Programs
When going to an inpatient treatment program is simply not practical, an excellent option is an intensive outpatient program (IOP), also referred to as a day program. These treatment programs typically convene for several hours per day during the work week, and cover a multitude of therapies to address both substance use disorders and mental health disorders.
These immersive day programs allow the client the freedom to reside in their own home during the treatment period, or to live in a sober housing environment. This flexibility is attractive because it reduces the overall costs for addiction treatment (versus an inpatient program) and can allow the client to remain engaged at work to some degree. The sober living option will add to the costs of the outpatient program, but would still provide the freedom to go to a job or school for a portion of the weekday.
Types of Therapy are Used in Day and Intensive Outpatient Programs
Day programs and IOPs can vary significantly from one program to another. A program that emphasizes the mental health aspect of treatment will likely use evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused therapy, pseudo attachment therapy, among others. By treating the co-occurring mental health disorder simultaneously with the substance use disorder, the client will benefit from more comprehensive treatment.
There can be varying levels of intensity at an immersive day program or IOP. A case manager will set up the initial treatment goals and milestones that will correspond with the number of participation hours required. As the client meets these benchmarks, the requirements will be adjusted downward. Therapies include individual talk therapy, or psychotherapy, group counseling sessions, family programs, and continuing education about dual diagnosis and relapse prevention planning.
Phaite Behavioral Healthcare Provides Effective Day and Intensive Outpatient Programs
Phaite Behavioral is offers and an outpatient program that emphasizes the treatment of addiction and mental health or mood disorders. The doctoral and masters level clinical therapists base treatment on identifying and treating the mental health component in addiction treatment, giving the individual a better understanding of the contributing factors to their addictive behaviors. With this information, medication can be prescribed along with targeted therapy that helps the individual learn new healthy responses to stressors or triggers in their lives.
Phaite Behavioral utilizes evidence-based therapies in a supportive and compassionate environment. Phaite Behavioral also offers family programs and aftercare services to round out their comprehensive intensive outpatient program. For more information about the program, contact Phaite Behavioral today for a free confidential assessment at 888-259-1268