When someone has a substance use disorder, they usually go through steps in recovery. Typically starting with a detox, the person enters a program and if they choose, can spend up to 90 days there. But what happens when the person is done with their program? Leaving a program when you have a substance use disorder can be stressful and many people resort back to using because of this stress. It is because of this that IOP’s, or Intensive Outpatient Programs, are encouraged.
Am I required to be in an IOP when I live in a sober home?
Vanderburgh House is a MASH certified sober home and everyone living in our home must be either working or in an IOP. Many of our residents do both. IOP's are important for a successful recovery because it gives people a support system as well as certain therapy sessions as an individual and group. It also can help teach people how to integrate back into society as someone sober. At Vanderburgh House, we work closely with AdCare Hospital. They have a great IOP program that offers family and individual counseling, education sessions, skills group, and self-help participation. These, coupled with being in a sober home, can be valuable tools to stay on the right path.
How long do I have to be in an IOP for?
Generally, most IOP's last a few months. They can be anywhere from a few hours a day 2-3 days a week up to 20+ hours a week depending on the person's plan and what they need for support. As time goes on, the hours and days are usually lowered gradually with the person ultimately ending their IOP when they are at a comfortable stage in their recovery. Everyone is different, therefore, each person's recovery plan is going to be what suits them and their situation best.