What You Should Know About IOP Treatment in Fort Collins, Colorado

So you're looking into rehab treatment, but really aren't sure what to expect, or how you should go about it. You've probably seen or heard about something called "IOP" before, but what, actually, is it?

IOP is "Intensive Outpatient Rehab," and it refers to a type of rehab in which patients receive treatment for several hours, multiple days a week. However, it is unlike inpatient rehab, in which patients remain at the facility full-time, or traditional outpatient rehab, in which patients only receive brief sessions of treatment once or twice a week. Think of IOP as the "in-between" option.

IOP is increasing in popularity, but is it the right option for everyone? Absolutely not. Is it the right option for you? Maybe, and maybe not. There's a lot that will go into that decision.

Everybody is different, and the nature of your problem may or may not make outpatient rehab an appropriate option for your recovery. We're here to help you make an informed decision. Here's what you need to know about the treatment you'll receive in an intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Where Can I Get IOP Treatment Near Me?

AspenRidge North is in Fort Collins, CO and offers both inpatient and outpatient services. We work tirelessly to ensure we're providing the best rehab experience you can get, and we want to ensure you get sober and stay sober no matter where you are.

Because we truly care about your recovery, we encourage any form of treatment we think will help your recovery go smoothly. One such source of additional recovery assistance is from support groups, which are frequently combined with outpatient rehab programs to create a more effective, supportive safety net.

Addicts receiving outpatient care from us, or anyone else, can receive a lot of extra help from local support groups. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous are two of the largest, most well-known recovery support groups with meetings all over the state of Colorado, and the links above will take you to their meeting pages for the Fort Collins/Northeast Colorado area.. For those undergoing outpatient drug rehabilitation, these groups can provide the extra support you need to stay on track, especially once you've left the treatment center for good.

Aspen Ridge also provides addiction counseling to teach you the life skills to stay away from your addiction once you've kicked it. For more on AspenRidge's treatment program, see what we offer by clicking here.

Is This Really Necessary? Should I Get Professional Treatment?

Addiction isn't something to be taken lightly or ignored. It's a serious issue - potentially a deadly one.

If you're thinking about quitting, but having a difficult time, professional treatment should absolutely be on the table for you. And because IOP and outpatient services exist, you're not talking about giving up your entire life to go to rehab. In some cases, just a few hours, a couple days a week can get your life back on track.

That said, you're not alone in making this decision. Nobody expects you to have all the answers. If anything, you should have even more questions, and that's okay. If you want to discuss your options in detail, or just speak to somebody who will understand your situation, please contact us.

If you're not ready to talk to someone just yet, that's fine too. Here is some more information on what you can expect.

What Can I Expect From an Intensive Outpatient Program in Fort Collins?

Outpatient care offers much more flexibility than inpatient care. It allows for patients to continue living at home during treatment. This is great news for those with full-time jobs and families to spend time with. Even a relatively short inpatient program can be far too much to ask for someone with a job and other daily responsibilities.

On the other hand, traditional outpatient treatment simply isn't enough support for some patients. A traditional outpatient program may only have treatment once or twice a week. For some, that simply isn't enough to keep them "on the wagon."

IOP was created to meet the needs of people who need the flexibility of outpatient rehab while maintaining the effectiveness and intensity of inpatient rehab. IOP is a little more involved than a traditional outpatient program, but gives people the freedom they desire and need to continue with many of their day-to-day activities.

It is because of this flexibility that IOP programs are growing in popularity and effectiveness. But just because something is popular, that doesn't make it the best choice for you. Here are some things you need to know before you decide.

AspenRidge Does IOP Treatment, Right? What's That Like?

AspenRidge's IOP program involves treatment sessions between one and five times a week (depending on need) from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, Monday through Friday. We don't require you to give up your weekend, and we don't require long-term commitments. You have to make the commitment to yourself, not us.

As an IOP patient at AspenRidge, you get the same high quality of care as those in our inpatient program. You just get it in a way that fits your timetable and schedule. The same elements that make up our inpatient treatment successful do the same for our IOP program.

Weigh Your Options: Outpatient Treatment vs. Inpatient Treatment

There are lots of reasons to choose an outpatient program over an inpatient program, like:

  • Lower cost
  • Flexibility with your normal schedule
  • Living at home
  • Easier adjustment period upon completing treatment.

On the other hand, there are lots of reasons outpatient treatment doesn't give some people the support they need. Choosing outpatient treatment instead of inpatient care also means:

  • No monitoring
  • No readily-available medical services
  • Statistically increased chance of a relapse
  • Less opportunity to connect with your fellow recovering addicts outside of group therapy

Recovery Location

Enrolling in an IOP facility still means you get thorough care and treatment to overcome your addiction. But when your treatment is over, you go back home to your usual surroundings. If you have a job or a family to stay with, as many addicted people do, this can be a huge benefit.

However, part of the benefit of an inpatient treatment facility is the comfort of being in the care of highly-trained professionals at all times. Sure, it might seem nice not having someone looking over your shoulder every moment. But recovery is a bumpy road, and some moments are better dealt with around professionals, rather than by yourself or with scared and confused loved ones who aren't sure what to do.

Flexibility and the Risk of Relapse

Most people prefer their rehab treatment to fit in around the rest of their lives, not become their whole lives. That's what IOP does - offer intensive addiction recovery treatment without the need to sacrifice the rest of your life to get it.

That flexibility makes rehab a viable option for people who might be suffering a problem, but want to stop it before it damages their personal and professional life beyond repair.

However, that flexibility is a double-edged sword. The relapse rate for IOP patients is generally higher than it is for those recovering in inpatient care or sober living environments. Simply the fact that you have the opportunity to relapse makes it that way. No matter how much your therapist cares, they can't come home with you and take the bottle, needle or pills out of your hand.

For many people recovering from addiction, their usual environment is one that tends to enable addiction. Inpatient facilities remove this temptation by removing you from these circumstances.

As a result, recovering through an IOP facility is a much greater test of self-control. Many recovering addicts explicitly struggle with self control - that's the whole nature of addiction itself. The point of effective rehab for them is making that lack of self-control easier to deal with and strengthen. For them, a form of rehab that asks for enhanced levels of self-control can be very bad news.

Cost vs. Services and Amenities

Obviously, living at an inpatient rehab facility with treatment, room and board, and recreational needs all accounted for can get expensive. You may be able to pay for this treatment through insurance, but you can also cut the cost of treatment considerably by choosing IOP treatment over inpatient treatment.

This allows you to minimize your costs down to just the core treatment, without the sober living environment and medical facilities.

Then again, those added features may be the difference in you continuing a sober life for yourself after treatment and ending up right back at square one in a few months. You have to be your advocate here and determine what services you need, and which ones you can do without.

In addition to the actual recovery features, AspenRidge North prides itself on a wide range of amenities to make recovery as enjoyable a process as it possibly can be. As an outpatient, you still have access to several of those amenities, as well as world-class substance abuse treatment and behavioral health services. But you'll also miss out on a number of fun activities and medical services by not being a resident.

Making the Call: It's Time to Get Help

We hope you're a little closer to understanding IOP and whether it can be helpful to you in your recovery. But even if you're not sure what kind of help is best for you, we want you to know it's still okay to take the first step.

Contact us today and talk to us. We'll help you determine the nature of your problem, and work together with you to start forming an evidence-based treatment plan that will get you on the road to recovery sooner, rather than later.