In the United States, addiction to drugs and other mind-altering substances is a significant problem that affects a large population (over 20 million people, as of 2018). However, addiction is typically met with distrust and disgust rather than the care and patience addicted people require to recover. In addition, the widespread stigma against individuals makes the whole problem worse.
Specifically, in Pennsylvania, nearly 300,000 people have a drug addiction. Pennsylvania is one of the highest-ranking states for substance abuse and addiction disorders, and they have the third-highest overdose rate due to opioids. This is five times higher than the number of deaths caused by alcohol in Pennsylvania.
If you or a loved one is struggling from a situation rife with addiction, it can be hard to know what to do. That’s why, here in Pennsylvania, we offer intensive outpatient treatment in numerous Pennsylvanian cities for those who want to recover from a substance abuse addiction.
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) are specific programs that focus on helping people recover from substance abuse and addiction. These programs are beneficial for individuals who require help but can’t pause the rest of their lives to participate in an inpatient program.
When it comes to IOPs, they are specific programs meant to give addiction-afflicted individuals (as well as other types of dependencies such as depression or eating disorders) the tools required to overcome an addiction and start an addiction-free life.
What is the Goal of an IOP Program?
The goal of outpatient programs is to help addicted individuals who don’t need 24/7 supervision for their health and don’t require detoxification services. In addition, because outpatient programs don’t require the patient to live on the premises/in a facility, they can still keep up with their daily lives without too much interruption – those who are participating in IOPs will live at home and commute to the facility part of the program.
Keep in mind that some outpatient programs work concurrently with inpatient programs, but the specific makeup will be detailed to you or your loved ones when they enter the facility. No matter the program, however, the goal is to provide a patient with the tools and knowledge to help them manage potential relapsing, teach them coping strategies, and create support systems to help during their recovery.
How to Choose a Facility
If you’re looking for a place that offers specific services, such as an Intensive Outpatient Program, you have to do your research before entering rehab. First,
- Research the various intensive outpatient programs in your area and do your due diligence to ensure that your research is sound
- Checking in with the staff is a great first step that should be followed up with additional online research
- Check the reviews of a specific facility to see if there are any legitimate complaints
The goal of researching a facility is to find one that will work for your specific needs; a facility that rubs you the wrong way is a poor choice for helping to manage your substance abuse and addictions.
Factors In Choosing an IOP:
- Services Offered
Additionally, if you go through one intensive outpatient program and then relapse, that doesn’t mean that you or the program fails. It’s possible it wasn’t a good fit or that there are other coping strategies you still need to learn. A facility that will help you recover and support you through the ups and downs is the main component for turning your life around.
Why Should You Choose North Star Treatment Services?
At North Star Treatment Services, we offer numerous services tailored to best suit each patient. However, we recognize that no patient will recover if treated like a commodity or a burden. As such, we ensure that all of our staff offer the respect that should be automatically afforded to another human being.
Just because someone is suffering from addiction doesn’t mean that they’re lesser. On the contrary, treating them with respect can go a long way towards providing them the confidence they need to get better.
Additionally, we know that every individual is just that – an individual. This means that each IOP will be curated for every person’s specific needs. There is no one-size-fits-all program for recovery, and we refuse to assume such a thing is possible. As such, we stay in communication with the patient and their loved ones to check how things are working, and we’re willing to find alternative methods that will work best for each case.