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Balancing Life and Recovery with Women-Centered Outpatient Program

It’s no surprise that women have unique challenges when seeking substance abuse outpatient care because they are trying to juggle family, work, and day-to-day commitments. As a woman, you are wearing many hats throughout the day: mother, employee or business owner, community volunteer, housecleaner, cook, driver… and the list goes on and on.

At Avery Lane, our goal is to provide quality addiction recovery services that align with your lifestyle. While residential treatment programs are sometimes necessary, rest assured knowing that not all patients need to be away from their families. Talk to us about our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to learn more about your options. 

These IOP treatment services help you regain control of your life once again while minimizing disruptions to your normal routines. One of the benefits of choosing Avery Lane is that our outpatient addiction recovery programs are designed for women specifically. You receive a customized outpatient treatment plan that aligns with your short-term and long-term goals.

What is Avery Lane’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

The details of an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) vary depending on the unique needs of each patient. This substance abuse treatment program is highly structured while still allowing patients to participate in their responsibilities at home, work, and/or school. At the end of each day, the individual will go home or stay in a sober living environment if needed.

An IOP includes many of the integrative treatments we use in our residential programs. These science-based therapeutic approaches often include individual counseling, outpatient behavioral therapy, medication (as needed), family education, case management, group support, and more. 

These core services are available at our nearby locations and can fit around your busy lifestyle. At Avery Lane, we offer convenient scheduling and a full range of services to meet your unique needs. All of our treatments prioritize a holistic, personalized approach for women.

IOP is a flexible rehab schedule that falls between residential services and typical outpatient care (such as once-a-week visits). Some patients go through a detox period in a residential setting and then transition to IOP. The ongoing support and structure help to reduce the risk of relapse. 

How Avery Lane Supports Women

Did you know that women are more likely to progress from substance use to addiction faster than men? Both biological factors (sex differences, including hormones and chromosomes) and gender differences (culturally defined roles for women) can contribute to the challenges of substance abuse and addiction.

Women who are seeking support for addiction recovery often experience trauma at some point in life. Since this trauma is likely affecting the patient’s addiction, we integrate trauma therapy as part of our holistic approach.

Substance use disorders can manifest differently in women vs. men, which is why our team of specialists at Avery Lane caters our treatment programs to women’s needs. We understand that substance abuse treatment can be more complicated for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as older women going through menopause and beyond. 

Regardless of a woman’s stage in life, every patient has unique requirements that must be addressed in their treatment program. We offer a safe and supportive environment, giving women a haven to go when they need help overcoming any type of addiction.

The Differences Between IOP and PHP

From an outside perspective, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for substance abuse might seem similar to a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). But there are some notable differences:

  • Daily Therapy: Both IOP and PHP provide several hours of intense therapy sessions each day. However, the amount of treatment and therapy time might be a bit lower in an IOP compared to a PHP.
  • Time Commitment: PHPs are more intensive, requiring more sessions and hours during the week to complete the treatment. For example, patients in PHPs might complete 5 or 6 hours of therapy every weekday, while IOPs offer 3 – 5 hours of therapy for 3 – 5 days per week.
  • Order of Treatment: It’s common for IOPs to be used as a follow-up service after a patient has already been through PHP or a residential treatment program. 
  • Severity of Symptoms: Patients who require mild or moderate addiction recovery can often find success through a less-intensive program (such as an IOP). On the other hand, patients with more severe symptoms sometimes require the more intensive approach available through PHP.
  • Level of Supervision: In PHP, there is more supervision and oversight from the treatment staff, allowing for ongoing monitoring and symptom management. In comparison, patients going through IOP don’t have as much supervision throughout the week.
  • Accommodations: Patients in IOP can go home to sleep at night, while PHP patients usually stay in care facilities.
  • Other Life Activities: IOPs are flexible enough to allow patients to continue with their work or school requirements while going through the treatment program.

The simplest way to understand the differences is to consider IOP a part-time treatment program while PHP is a full-time treatment program. Both programs offer therapy in an outpatient setting, with some differences in the time commitment and structure of the programs.

The Key to Successful Recovery: Balancing Recovery and Daily Life

Ultimately, the goal of any treatment plan is to help you get back to your normal, thriving lifestyle again. Yes, balancing life and addiction is challenging – but possible! In fact, IOP outcomes for patients with minimal risk of acute withdrawal/intoxication are comparable to the results seen with residential services.

At Avery Lane, our outpatient program schedule is designed to accommodate your busy life. We understand that these outpatient recovery strategies must work with your normal routines and activities. The program allows you to implement IOP therapy techniques in a more structured program so they are easier to maintain when the program is finished.

Practical strategies for balancing your treatment program and life responsibilities include:

  • Open Communication: Talk to your employers, family, school teachers, or anyone else that might be impacted by your treatment schedule. Ensure that you request confidentiality when asking for any accommodation that might be needed.
  • Time Management: Even though your schedule will be a little busier than normal, there are strategies to fit the IOP counseling sessions into your day. Plan ahead to arrange childcare or adjusted work schedules if needed. Also, some patients can be accommodated through virtual sessions in the comfort of their own homes if needed.
  • Support Network: There’s no question that you will be more successful with a support network. Reach out to friends, family, and your therapist so that you always have somewhere to turn when extra help is needed.
  • Choosing Priorities: Part of this journey is learning how to prioritize your IOP mental health support and self-care. You might need to give up a few social activities or Netflix time in the evenings. But the rewards are worth it when you look at the high IOP success rates

The Power of Avery Lane’s Women-Centric Approach

There’s no question that gender-specific addiction care is essential. These IOP clinical services take into account all gender and cultural factors that could be impacting your recovery. We address women’s unique needs in a safe, supportive space – giving you the opportunity to connect with other like-minded women who are also navigating their own IOP patient care plans.

Jane (name changed) recently went through our Avery Lane IOP treatment. After living a double-sided life as a single mom and trying to hide her addiction from her kids, she finally found hope in the flexible schedule available through IOP clinical services. It felt like a lifeline tossed to her sinking ship. She was able to plan afternoon therapy sessions while her children were still in school, and still keep up with her work commitments. 

She shares: “Unraveling the mess was challenging and it took time to rebuild trust in myself. But the support from Avery Lane and my new friends gave me the motivation to keep going. I finally found real vitality in life again, and it became so much easier to keep up with work, my kid’s schedules, and even plan time for my passion: baking.”

Choose Recovery, Choose Life

If you or a loved one is dealing with substance abuse, then it might seem like a never-ending battle. But help is available – and seeking this help is a sign of strength. Taking that first step to learn more about Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) treatment can be the inflection point that will change your life.

Choosing recovery takes commitment, and it can be hard at times. But IOP treatment plans are designed to empower women like you to build healthier lives without sacrificing everything.

We offer addiction recovery support with integrated mental health IOP, since many patients are dealing with co-occurring disorders. The goal is to help you improve every aspect of your life, so that you are no longer struggling to keep your head above water. Instead, the fog is lifted and your days become vibrant and thriving.

Call Avery Lane to Learn More About Our Intensive Outpatient Program 

What questions do you have about IOP? Rest assured, knowing that our team is always here to help. We offer personalized support and unique care designed to guide women in their recovery. The ultimate goal is to help you find empowerment in your journey. 

We invite you to schedule a no-obligation confidential consultation to learn more about our Intensive Outpatient Program, as well as many other services that are available for your customized treatment plan. Contact Avery Lane for an appointment: (888) 835-4407

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