Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by the compulsion to obtain and use a specific chemical substance despite personal consequences. Those that suffer from addiction experience a host of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms that make their lives significantly more difficult while negatively affecting everyone close to them. Many mistakenly believe that addiction is not a disease - that is merely a matter of weak will-power or compromised morals. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The reality is that once an individual develops a substance dependency, he or she can no longer control his or her behavior. Life is completely dictated by chemical substance; all decisions revolve around the addict’s drug of choice, and all other priorities fall by the wayside.
Addiction claims thousands of lives annually. Sadly, very few individuals who need professional help actually end up seeking it. There are several reasons why addicts avoid seeking treatment. Those struggling with addiction typically feel ashamed, they might be in denial about the severity of their disorder or they might be overwhelmed by the thought of never using drugs or alcohol again. While making the personal decision to enter into recovery can be difficult, our dedicated staff at the Guardian Intensive Outpatient program in New Brunswick, New Jersey will make sure that every addict who has the willingness to get clean and sober is supported and guided every single step of the way. Finding a treatment program that offers the services you need is essential to maintaining long-term recovery, and we’re here to help you do just that.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Services in New Brunswick
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently reported that those who undergo treatment for 90 days or less - in total - have an exceptionally high risk of relapse. Ideally, those who are struggling with drug addiction will first be admitted to a medical detoxification center where they will undergo withdrawal with professional medical supervision. Attempting to withdraw without professional help can lead to serious health-related complications, and frequently leads to relapse because psychological cravings are so intense. After a patient has been physically cleared he or she will transfer to an inpatient treatment center and undergo between three and six months of intensive therapy, based on the severity of the addiction and any underlying disorders. From there, he or she will graduate to an intensive outpatient (IOP) program - which is where we come into play. Our IOP program in New Brunswick, New Jersey is a continuation of formal addiction treatment and further ensures long-term sobriety. Our clients will be assigned a personal case manager who will help them through every step of recovery, from detox all the way to IOP. Our IOP program in New Brunswick offers the following services:
Therapeutic intervention is essential to the maintenance of long-term sobriety. In many cases, those who begin abusing drugs and/or alcohol do so to self-medicate undiagnosed mental health conditions, such as unresolved trauma or minor depression. Therapy sessions help immensely in working through underlying issues and getting necessary support in a group or one-on-one environment.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a method of psychotherapy designed to help addicts and alcoholics overcome detrimental and self-defeating behaviors by changing their behavioral patterns and learning healthy coping mechanisms. We offer DBT as part of our comprehensive therapeutic program.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of psychotherapy during which unhealthy behaviors are challenged and ultimately changed. Our team of licensed and experienced therapists works with each individual client to change coping strategies from ones of self-destruction to ones that are both efficient and effective.
Addiction doesn’t just affect the addict or the alcoholic, it deeply affects the mental and emotional well-being of the entire family. We believe that in order for someone to truly heal and maintain sobriety, their family must heal simultaneously. For this reason, we offer family therapy sessions on a regular basis as well as continued support for the close family members of the patient.
Addiction strips people of basic life skills - those in the throes of addiction can no longer financially support themselves, show up when and where they are needed or participate in basic adult requirements like cooking and cleaning. We work to re-instill basic life skills in all of our patients so that they quickly become self-sufficient and productive members of society.
12-step program involvement is a crucial component of every aftercare plan. Our IOP focuses on daily meetings and on beginning working through the 12 steps.
In order to prevent relapse and maintain sobriety for years to come, a very specific set of coping mechanisms and relapse prevention tools must be in place. We do all we can to teach our patients relapse prevention strategies so that they consistently feel strong and capable in their recovery.
Just like the rest of the addiction recovery experience, aftercare planning is unique to each individual patient and must focus on his or her personal needs and long-term treatment goals. Our case managers work to create individualized aftercare plans that will ensure sobriety long after IOP.
It has been proven that those who stick to a regular exercise regime (in combination with a host of other recovery-related practices) are more likely to maintain long-term sobriety. We introduce each of our patients to yoga and other fitness modalities in order to help them form healthy habits that will last.
Adequate nutrition is also essential to long-term recovery. We have experienced nutritionists on staff that teach the patients to cook healthy and nourishing meals for themselves.
- Educational training and assistance
In many instances, drug addiction and alcoholism occur sometime during adolescence and have a major detrimental impact on schooling. If a patient wants to go back to school we help them do so with our educational training program.
Addiction also interferes with career opportunities and employment. We help each and every one of our patients discover what it is they want to do, and then we actively help them achieve their personal vocational goals.
Beginning Your IOP Journey
The main difference between residential treatment and intensive outpatient is the flexibility that goes hand-in-hand with IOP. We understand that not everyone can easily commit to a three month inpatient treatment program. Some have dependents or prior obligations that they cannot completely step away from. In cases like these IOP is the best option - always better to have some treatment than no treatment at all. However, we always recommend that IOP is a part of a comprehensive continuum of care, and that it serves as an additional resource for those who have already completed inpatient treatment. At Guardian Recovery Center we focus on helping every individual discover and adhere to the program recovery that is best suited for them. To learn more about our IOP program or our comprehensive and multi-step program of addiction treatment, give us a call. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, and help you get started on your own personal journey of recovery today.