April 24, 2019 Felicia Durling

Can Working Professionals Attend Intensive Outpatient Programs?

You’re a worker among workers….part of a group of smart, working professionals.

There’s simply no time for rehab in your busy schedule. You can figure this out on your own.

You have a family to care for. Work is counting on you to show up each day. Your mortgage needs to be paid.

Maybe you drink a little too much. But you can control it, right? Or maybe those pain meds from that auto accident several years ago are helping take the edge off. But you know it’s not the way to live long-term.

Deep down you know you need help. You need treatment, but your free time is limited. Now what?

Maybe you need more support. You find yourself wondering how you can possibly squeeze anything else into your life.

The great news is that intensive outpatient programs, also known as IOPs, are a great alternative to inpatient rehabilitation programs, that can keep you fully out of commission for months. You can return to your life center without skipping much of a beat.

Find out how you can fit an IOP into your life as a working professional in today’s fast-paced world.

What is an IOP: What Working Professionals Need To Know

Are you wondering how in the world an intensive outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program can help you?

You are certain that you can’t take time off from work. As a working professional, your concerns are valid. An IOP is just as it states: intensive. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

An IOP has many of the same supports as inpatient treatment programs. In fact, both programs usually provide structure, group therapy, individual counseling, and medication management.

Don’t confuse medication management with medical detox. They are different.

An IOP may have a medical doctor on staff to help prescribe psychiatric medication. This is not the same as medical detox where you may need constant monitoring as you stop using drugs and alcohol.

Often, people enter IOP in place of a long-term residential or rehabilitation program. Sometimes people will enter an IOP as a continuation of residential treatment. This provides more flexibility as they leave longer term treatment.

The wonderful thing about an IOP is that you can tailor it to your needs.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine standard states that an IOP must provide a minimum of 9 treatment hours per week. This shows the flexible nature of an IOP schedule.

If you are suffering from an addiction, your only choice may be professional help. In fact, most addicts are unable to get sober alone.

Choosing an IOP

When choosing an IOP, take time to do research. Find out if they have flexible evening hours. If you have a job with flexibility, you may be able to find a morning schedule to fit your routine.

Research what the policies are at your company. You may be able to take advantage of FMLA or take a leave of absence. These can allow you time to take care of your needs and keep your job.

People may be able to tailor their IOP to their personal needs as working professionals. Maybe you work 9-5 and have a strict schedule. Perhaps you’re a second shift full-time employee.

Having a steady job should not deter you from receiving quality treatment.  Whatever your circumstance, IOP’s can help. There are many options available for all types of needs.

Intensive outpatient programs can meet your unique needs. Many of these programs understand the need for work-life balance.

Addiction is often known as “a family disease.” IOP’s can take involve family meetings and therapy in your treatment, too.

What an IOP is NOT

An intensive outpatient program is not a quick fix. Even though it’s shorter than an inpatient rehab, you still need to learn how to function in life without your drug of choice.

  • An IOP does not replace medical detox treatment that some people may require.
  • An IOP is not the only treatment option.
  • An IOP may not work for everyone.
  • An IOP is not a replacement for ongoing hard work to stay clean and sober.

An IOP can be just what you need for a starting point. It will help you develop coping skills. You will learn about your addiction.

It’s important to know exactly what to expect of an IOP. Working professionals will have a better idea of how an IOP can work for them personally.

The Time Is Now

You may be thinking, “Is there an intensive outpatient program near me?”  Are you wondering where to begin looking?

You can begin your search online by checking out programs near you. Check with your insurance company to help narrow down the search.  Your company may also have an employee assistance program, also known as an EAP, that can refer you to local programs.

Some people are already seeing an individual therapist. He or she may be able to refer you to a local program that meets your individual needs. Contact local hospitals and medical centers to find out information about the IOP programs they offer.

Even working professionals can get the treatment they need and still show up for life, family, and work. The trick is finding the program to match your individual needs. It’s possible to find the best fit by researching.

The first step is knowing you have a problem and being willing to make a change. Remember, the disease of addiction is deadly.

Programs are making it easier to meet the needs of working professionals. They know the importance of providing treatment to people of all kinds.

Contact us today or check out our video series to learn more about how working professionals can benefit from an IOP.

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