Second Chance Colombus

6011 Columbus Pike
Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive Outpatient program in Ohio

The way that addiction affects a person can vary dramatically depending on the substance they abuse, the length of time they abused it for, and a variety of other factors. These factors range from biological, to social, to environmental, combining together to make addiction a complicated illness, with complicated results ensuing.

Some people will find that they lose everything during their active addiction. They may lose their job, their relationships, their children, and any semblance of self they once had. They may suffer physical ramifications because of their addiction and they may even have legal troubles due to the actions they took in order to get high or drunk. For individuals like this, it is sometimes easier for them to see that they have a problem with substance abuse, due to the fact that there are physical manifestations of their problem all around them. They wake up in the morning and are faced with the reality of their situation, and so because of this, they know that they need to seek help.

However, there are other people who will experience none of those consequences of addiction and they will be able to maintain a job, maintain relationships, and stay out of legal trouble with relative ease. They may feel the emotional pain that addiction can bring, but through their continued usage they attempt to blot out that pain and put it out of their minds. For individuals like this, it can sometimes be difficult to recognize that they have an issue with substance abuse because they do not fit into the stereotypical mold of what an addict or alcoholic looks like. They can point to the fact that they still have their family and job as evidence that they do not have a problem and so denial can set in deep, making it more difficult for them to reach out and ask for help.

With that said, it is important to note that consequences do not equate to whether or not a person suffers from addiction. In fact while many times we look to outside consequences as an indicator of whether or not addiction exists, these things have little or nothing to do with whether or not a person is suffering from addiction.

Addiction is simply a chronic brain disease that results in a compulsive usage of drugs or alcohol. A person who suffers from addiction will find that they are unable to stop using for an extended period of time on their own and they will often times find that they have a preoccupation with drinking or using drugs when they are not engaged in that activity. It is a disease that comes with a great deal of denial and so it is often times challenging for a person to admit that they suffer from it.

At Second Change Counseling, we understand how difficult it can be to come to terms with the fact that you may have a substance abuse problem. We understand exactly what you need in order to finally overcome your affliction. We know that you may have tried to get sober in the past and that you may be skeptical as to what will be different this time, but our staff is here to help you break free from the cycle of addiction that has plagued your life for too long.

What is Intensive Outpatient?

Intensive Outpatient, like the kind of which we offer at Second Chance Counseling, is a form of substance abuse treatment where the client attends only a few times a week. Many IOP programs are 3 days a week, and unlike their more intensive counterparts, Inpatient or PHP, the individual lives at home for their duration of the treatment process.

Often times, intensive outpatient programs are used as a continuation of care after inpatient or PHP and they offer transitional support as the client leaves the structure and security of the treatment center for the outside world. It is during this phase of the recovery process that a person is most apt to return to using and so IOP can act as a bridge between the relative safety of treatment and the stress of daily life.

Leaving treatment can be a tremendously stressful experience for newly sober individuals. They have to find work, a place to live (if they are in a new city), and learn how to operate in life without the aid of alcohol or drugs. While none of this is insurmountable, without the proper support of a program like our IOP, it can be treacherous to say the least.

Who Can Benefit from Intensive Outpatient?

While every addict or alcoholic could benefit from our IOP, the people who attend our program usually fall into two categories: those who are stepping down from a higher level of care, and those who are directly attending our IOP program.

The former group are those described above and they are individuals who need the added support and structure that IOP can offer as they transition out of treatment and back into their daily lives. What IOP will offer them is the ability to have a safe space they go to, a number of times a week, where they can discuss what is going on with them and learn coping skills for dealing with life without drugs or alcohol.

If they are having a problem with their family they can help get help from one of our experienced counselors in dealing with this situation. If they are having relationship troubles or problems at work, we can help with that as well. At Second Chance Counseling, we are equipped to help guide you through anything that life can bring and help you to handle it all without having to resort to drinking or using drugs.

The latter group of individuals who attend our IOP are people who cannot, for whatever reason, go away for treatment for an extended period of time. Many times these people will have responsibilities that they cannot get away from, but yet they still need help with their addiction issues. For these individuals our IOP is a perfect match because it gives them the flexibility to continue on with their responsibilities and still get the support and care they need in order to overcome their addiction.

They will be able to attend group and individual therapy sessions in a manner that makes sense with their current schedule, and because there isn’t a break in their life, they will be able to learn how to deal with real life situations, in real time, as they occur. If they are experiencing trouble with their spouse they can get the support they need in order to navigate that scenario, and likewise, for anything else that may come up during their treatment process.

Finding the Right IOP For You

If you believe that you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol and you think that you may need to seek help, then call our staff at Second Chance Counseling today at 1-614-635-9011. Our staff is standing by to help you in any way that we can. We understand how difficult a decision it can be to ask for help, and we know that what you are currently experiencing is tough. So give us a call today and let us help you on your journey into recovery.