Discover how outpatient facilities with clinical & aftercare services provide an ideal combination of structured programs for housing and addiction care.
Most people seeking treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction begin their journey by completing a medical detox program followed by a residential treatment program. Individuals are taught about the disease of addiction, relapse triggers and cues and healthy ways to cope with high risk situations – all while remaining in a safe, structured, sober environment. Upon completion of inpatient treatment facilities, many are left to wonder what the healthiest next step is to support their recovery. That’s where step-down programs come into play.
It is often recommended that individuals transition to and participate in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Outpatient treatment settings have surpassed inpatient and residential settings as the most frequently used level of care for substance use disorders. This way, people begin to have increased freedom to begin to reintegrate into life while having the accountability of ongoing clinical services, drug and alcohol testing, therapy and/or medication management. It provides guaranteed structure to the alcoholic or addict’s life which is crucial as idle time can be a relapse trigger.
For those who have jobs to return to, IOP programs provide balance and accountability to the individual’s life. As they return to work, old stressors may reappear and they may struggle with ways to cope with them. While in clinical aftercare programming, individuals have the opportunity both one on one and in a group setting to process what is happening in life and get feedback from others.
A common challenge facing clients who receive outpatient services is finding a living environment free from alcohol and drugs and that promotes recovery. It is crucial to take stock of one’s environmental needs. Arrangements with a certified recovery residence can fill that necessity and enhance treatment goals for remission and improved quality of life and long term sobriety.
Yes, it is true that self-help programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous are recommended, however these programs are not run by professionals. Helping clients identify the balance between work, IOP, self-help groups and fun and is critical. It is important that fun in recovery be stressed and people are encouraged to seek out new people and activities to participate in.
About BlueCove Homes
BlueCove Homes remains committed toward the overall recovery process, and in doing so we are truly honored to network with some of the nation's leading residential and outpatient addiction treatment centers. We believe that each new day presents new opportunities to redefine quality sobriety, and our resolve in supporting the client's best interests will always remain foremost. We invite you to join us along the exciting path of redefining life in recovery!