If you are addicted to drugs, it can be difficult to get off of the drugs on your own. One way you can get some help is to choose an intensive outpatient program. Below is information on what this is and the benefits this will offer you. This will allow you to become drug-free so you can have a better life. 

Intensive Outpatient Program

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a type of treatment that treats drug addiction, as well as eating disorders, depression, and many other dependencies. They treat people that do not need to have 24/7 care or need to go through detoxification to get the drug out of their system. 

In some cases, IOPs are used along with inpatient treatment programs if you are not quite ready to be on your own after you go through an inpatient treatment program. An IOP can help you for the first few weeks to reduce your chances of returning to your drug addiction. 

Intensive Outpatient Program Benefits

There are many benefits to choosing an IOP. If you do choose an inpatient program in the beginning, choosing an IOP later can help prevent relapse when you finish the treatment. They will help you find coping strategies that will work best for you when it comes to having cravings for your drug. 

An IOP is also beneficial as it will allow you to stay home instead of having inpatient treatment. Being home is a much more relaxing environment for you. You will not have to worry about missing time from work, which may cause you to lose your job. You may have family commitments that prevent you from inpatient treatment or full-time care. 

Family members can sit with you during the treatment if you prefer because you are at home. The IOP therapist will determine if this would work well for you. In some cases, family members can learn how to help you with your addiction when you finish IOP treatment. 

If there is someone in your home that is using drugs, the IOP will suggest that you move to another home, or this person move out. You will have a much higher chance of relapsing if you continue to live in the same environment. The IOP will see this and help you make changes. 

You will first have an evaluation to determine if IOP would be best for you. The therapist may suggest you start with an inpatient program for a few weeks first or may decide you only need an IOP.