Deciding to seek addiction treatment in New Jersey is a complex decision, often accompanied by worry and concern. Many who acknowledge a struggle with addiction and are motivated to get sober are deterred by the idea of leaving behind family, employment, and other day-to-day responsibilities to seek treatment. This common concern arises out of the “picture” most people have in their minds when they think about addiction treatment. Most people immediately think of residential or inpatient treatment programs that require participants to live at the treatment facility while working towards sobriety. Fortunately, there are many levels of care when it comes to addiction treatment, and not all require time away from your daily routine.
There are thousands of addiction treatment centers in the United States, and each offers varying treatment models, different levels of care, and, in some cases, specific treatment specializations. Your ability to get well and recover physically and psychologically from addiction rests on choosing the right level of care to meet your unique treatment needs. Because addiction is a disease that affects everyone differently, your treatment program must be equally as an individual. It is vital to choose a outpatient program where treatment providers will work with you to create a treatment program that addresses your unique relationship with addiction and any co-occurring physical or mental health conditions that could hinder your ability to fully recover from addiction.
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The proper level of care you as an individual require to get sober and maintain lasting sobriety depends on a variety of factors, including your medical health, mental health, the substance or substance you use, and your history with addiction and addiction treatment. Addictions are classified as mild, moderate, or severe based on a list of diagnostic criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). The severity of your addiction depends on the number of criteria you experience.
If you have a severe addiction, struggle with an addiction to specific substances such as (alcohol, opioids, or benzodiazepines), or if you have completed treatment before and experienced relapse, it is often better to seek addiction treatment at an inpatient residential treatment center or partial hospitalization program. In the inpatient setting, you will have access to 24/7 care and support. Also, the residential setting offers extensive detox support and monitoring. However, suppose your addiction is mild, or you have recently completed a treatment program at a higher level of care and are not yet comfortable in an unsupported environment. In that case, an outpatient treatment program may be the best fit for your needs. If you are motivated to get sober, but obligations at home such as work, education, or family hinder your ability to be away from home, outpatient rehab can offer the essential flexibility you need to get the help you need to overcome addiction successfully.
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What's the Difference Between IOP & Outpatient?
Outpatient programs are often seen as inferior to residential or inpatient care. This unfortunate misconception sometimes means those who could significantly benefit from an outpatient program may choose to forgo treatment altogether as they do not believe they will receive the help they need at an outpatient program. Inpatient and outpatient programs both strive to provide and focus equally on providing the necessary support and guidance you need to overcome addiction. Both use comprehensive, evidence-based treatment models to ensure you have the coping skills you need to get well and maintain lasting recovery.
If you have researched outpatient treatment, you may have noticed different types of outpatient treatment programs. A traditional outpatient program allows you to live at home during your treatment. An outpatient program at Epiphany Wellness will enable you to continue actively participating in your regular routine while working towards sobriety. In a residential care setting, you would attend therapy sessions every day throughout the day. Many residential programs require several hours of therapy each day to ensure patients can effectively achieve sobriety during the 30, 60, or 90-day period they are in treatment.
At an outpatient treatment program, you will attend therapy on a set schedule, often a few days per week for a few hours each day. The number of hours and overall duration of your treatment program will depend on your specific treatment needs and goals. Outpatient programs are often longer than residential due to their less intensive nature. Outpatient programs are conveniently structured around the needs of patients. Usually, the flexibility of outpatient treatment allows you to choose the time of day it is most convenient for you to attend therapy. Many counseling and group therapy sessions have both daytime and evening opportunities.
Intensive outpatient programs or IOPs such as our IOP Program in New Jersey often fall between residential programs and outpatient programs. The most notable difference between a traditional outpatient program and an intensive outpatient program is the required amount of time dedicated to treatment-related activities each week. Intensive outpatient programs typically require twelve or more hours of therapy each week. This is often broken up into multiple groups and individual therapy sessions throughout the week. Intensive programs generally require a more substantial time commitment than would be found in a traditional outpatient program; however, they are often shorter in overall duration.
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The Benefits of Our Outpatient Treatment Program
There are many benefits to choosing our outpatient program. If you have recently completed a residential program and are looking for a transitional option between supervised treatment and returning home, an outpatient will provide the support, guidance, and ongoing therapy options you need to continue working on sobriety. Also, if your addiction is mild and a residential program is not a good fit due to family, work, or personal obligations, an outpatient program can help you accomplish your treatment goals.
At Epiphany Wellness, you will receive the same quality evidence-based care and dual diagnosis addiction treatment provided in our residential programs, but with the freedom and flexibility of an outpatient treatment structure. As part of an outpatient program, you will work with your treatment team to design a treatment plan and therapy schedule that allows you to start and complete addiction treatment without having to leave your family and day-to-day responsibilities behind.
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The Epiphany Wellness Outpatient Program
An outpatient program is generally recommended if you have recently completed a residential treatment program or if your addiction is considered mild or moderate based on a medical or mental health professionals’ evaluation. Due to the nature of an outpatient program, monitoring is limited, and opportunities for exposure to relapse triggers are far greater than at a residential program.
The outpatient program at Epiphany Wellness is designed to address your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs as you focus on wellness and sobriety. You will work with your treatment team to create a treatment plan that focuses on your needs and goals. Addiction is a disease unique to the individual, and therefore, it is essential for your treatment plan to be unique as well. Cookie-cutter treatment programs that focus on treating the addiction over the whole person are often unsuccessful and can lead to relapse.
It is important to remember that completing treatment does not mean you are “cured.” Like any chronic disease, those who struggle with addiction can, and unfortunately do, experience relapse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) refers to addiction as a chronic relapsing disease. Data from SAMHSA research indicates as many as 60% of those who have completed an addiction treatment program will experience at least one incidence of relapse. Although the risk for relapse is high, it is not something everyone will experience.
At Epiphany Wellness, we are committed to ensuring your success at our intensive outpatient program continues well beyond completing treatment. Reaching out for help is the first and vital step on your journey to sobriety. We work with each of our patients to ensure you feel supported as you transition from the supervised nature of the treatment environment back into your home and community.
If you or a loved one are ready to begin your sobriety journey or if you are currently nearing the end of our residential program, ask your treatment team how our outpatient program may fit into your recovery goals. Whether you are new to treatment or newly sober, an intensive outpatient program provides extra time to practice and reinforce the relapse prevention skills learned as part of your treatment program. An outpatient program also helps you maintain contact with your treatment team and peer support structure as you continue your recovery in addition to providing a robust aftercare program. If you would like to learn more about our intensive outpatient program, contact us today.
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Continue Your Journey of Recovery with Epiphany's Outpatient Program
If you are ready to begin your sobriety journey but leaving home to participate in a residential program has hindered your ability to take the first step, an outpatient rehab can help. Our outpatient programs provide the same comprehensive, evidence-based care you can expect to receive in a residential environment. Our caring and compassionate staff are here to help you start on the road to recovery a safe, supported, and flexible treatment environment. Acknowledging a struggle with addiction is the first step. The next is to contact a member of our admissions team. Contact the Epiphany Wellness admissions team today to learn more about how an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program can help you overcome addiction.