Defining IOP Treatment in Bellevue, Washington

One of the most popular forms of drug and alcohol rehab today is something called IOP. IOP stands for "Intensive Outpatient Program," and it is a form of rehab in which patients live at home (instead of in a dedicated sober recovery facility), but undergo several hours of on-site rehab treatment multiple days a week.

We know, that doesn't come close to answering all your questions. That's good! You're probably wondering if IOP is the best option for you or if it is effective?

The short answer is... maybe. Everybody is different, and the nature of your problem may or may not make outpatient rehab an appropriate option for your recovery.

But what are the factors that make IOP a good or bad option? What's the difference between IOP and regular old outpatient rehab? We'll do our best to answer these and many more questions - and if we don't, feel free to contact us to learn more.

Wait a Second, Hold On. Is This Really Necessary?

If you're wondering about whether pursuing treatment is the right choice for you, consider this: From 1999 to 2014, fatal overdoses due to prescription opioids have quadrupled.

And in 2011, only about 11 percent of those who needed treatment for their substance addictions actually received it.

Addiction isn't something to be taken lightly or neglected. It is a deadly serious disease that should be treated as such. And yes, we said disease. Not choice, not character flaw. It's a disease. A chronic one.

Of course, just because addiction is dangerous and destructive doesn't mean you are addicted. But one of the scariest things about addiction is that its warning signs are usually missed by the person actually suffering from them. They do damage to relationships and your personal life before you realize what's going on. By then it may be too late.

Find out more about the nature of addiction here. After all, you must understand the enemy before you can defeat it.

How Does IOP Differ from Outpatient Rehab?

They don't differ significantly, but the short answer is that IOP is a more intense treatment.

The biggest advantage in outpatient care is that it offers more flexibility than inpatient care. It allows for patients to receive treatment and therapy while living at home. Inpatient treatment is more expensive and generally requires 24/7 presence on the premises.

Outpatient rehab is a preferable alternative for many people, especially those with jobs and families to keep up with. Even a relatively short, 28-day inpatient program can be far too much to ask for someone with a job and other daily responsibilities. After all, when is the last time you got four weeks straight off of work without any problems?

But convenient as it is, traditional outpatient treatment is often not the best option for recovery, as it doesn't provide sufficient support for some patients between treatment sessions. A traditional outpatient program often features only one or two treatment sessions a week. For those with really serious afflictions, once or twice a week just isn't enough treatment.

So there is a demand for an effective, consistent rehab program that still allows for a mostly uninterrupted life at home, but isn't as invasive as full inpatient treatment. For many people, the best choice is a middle ground between full-time inpatient treatment and sporadic traditional outpatient treatment.

That middle ground is IOP - intensive outpatient treatment. IOP is more involved than a traditional outpatient program, involving longer treatment sessions, more times a week. Choosing IOP still gives people the freedom they need to continue with their day-to-day activities, while also providing the consistent substance abuse treatment they need to recover and kick their addiction.

It is because of this flexibility that IOP programs are growing in popularity and effectiveness. But despite their growing popularity, they're not right for everybody. Here are some things you need to know before you decide.

What is IOP Like at Evergreen?

As an IOP patient at Evergreen, you get the same high quality of care as you would expect from an inpatient program. You just get it in a way that fits your timetable and schedule. Most treatment sessions will be scheduled in the evenings, meaning you can continue to work during the day, and spend time with your family and friends.

But there is a certain level of trust and self-control required to make an IOP program work. One of the reasons inpatient treatment is effective is because the facility is free of drugs and alcohol, which means patients are forcibly removed from addiction.

That won't be the case with Evergreen's IOP program. You have to be at least as committed to your recovery as we are, or you'll simply leave your treatment session and hit the bottle or needle just as soon as you get home. That's what we don't want.

It's a double-edged sword. Enrolling in an IOP facility means you don't have to be there 24/7. You will still get thorough care and treatment to overcome your addiction, but you can otherwise continue your home life unencumbered.

But part of the benefit of an inpatient treatment facility is the comfort of being in the care of highly-trained professionals at all times. Overcoming addiction is a difficult process full of ups and downs, and having staff on hand to help during the tough spots can make a huge difference compared to trying to deal with them yourself.

An IOP program offers flexibility around your schedule, while an inpatient treatment takes up the entirety of your life during treatment. IOP is also generally cheaper than inpatient treatment.

On the other hand, what inpatient treatment lacks in affordability and flexibility, it makes up for with comprehensive treatment and amenities. There are solid arguments to be made for both sides. Which kind of treatment is best for your depends entirely on your own situation.

Honestly, we think our IOP and traditional outpatient treatment is absolutely the best in the state of Washington. We work hard every day to ensure that it is. But plain and simply, IOP isn't the best path for everybody to recover. If you want more information on your options, contact us directly, or you can check out our pages on local drug and alcohol rehab.