Intensive Outpatient Program
Three hours of group therapy three times a week for a total of nine hours a week. At In Balance we have IOP groups for both adults and adolescents, and they run on essentially the same format: twice-a-week talk therapy and once-a-week experiential/recreational therapy.
Both adult and adolescent programs include the initial assessment and 30 group therapy sessions. During the transition phase of IOP two aftercare sessions are incorporated into the program at no charge.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a form of treatment that focuses on helping the client learn and use new thinking skills to modify negative behaviors. It focuses on replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts, an essential part of recovery from substance abuse and addiction.
Talk therapy is a way we help each other through the problems encountered in recovery from addiction and/or co-occurring disorders such as depression, anorexia, bulimia, or bipolar disorder. With guidance from a professional therapist, the group learns how to work through, confront, strategize and resolve conflicts emanating from addiction to recovery. The group also learns about relapse prevention, the disease of addiction, how to handle emotional and physical triggers as well as utilize resources available to them to achieve success in recovery.
Recreational/Experiential therapy works as a perfect adjunct to talk therapy. It’s a time when IOP clients work at an activity together in order to learn more about their addiction from a different perspective. For instance, one activity we do is equine therapy. Other examples of this type of therapy are hiking, art expression, yoga and community service work.
Clients in the program will be drug tested as part of the program. The drug testing will be testing for the 10 major drugs of abuse. The lab used is J2Labs which is a federally certified lab. Drug testing takes place on the premises at the program; clients will be asked to provide a urine sample within 3 to 5 days. The results will be given to the clients. If a positive result occurs, there will be an individual meeting set up with the client to assess what services might be brought into play to help better support them staying in the program. In this contract they will be required to stay away from mind altering substances and will agree that there will be random drug testing that occurs as part of their In Balance experience. Many clients have reported that this additional level of accountability has been a help in terms of making choices on a daily basis not to use drugs or alcohol.