Addiction generally follows a predictable downward path. Sometimes, it begins with experimentation and “recreational” use or with medication for pain. However, it develops a life of its own that progressively affects every aspect of the addict’s life. In the early stage, it seems to provide benefits in the form of entertainment, relief from anxiety, depression, or pain. Unfortunately, until subsequent problems pile up, there is little motivation to stop. When substance use begins to look problematic, the potential addict will begin to try to manage his or her consumption. However, addicts often face a common dilemma. Controlled use always seems to fall short of satisfying, and the addictive mind creates a justification for using. The cycle of addiction may be interrupted, on occasion, by attempts at moderation or abstinence. Without help, a true addict will return to using and his or her life will continue to unravel.
Depending on how far down the addict’s life has spiraled, and IOP treatment program might be the ideal solution. It is best for those who have the motivation to participate at the level necessary for success. If substance dependency has been chronic over a long period, and the amounts consumed consistently large, then an inpatient program is probably the more effective choice, especially as it is important to separate the addict from access to drugs.
Intensive outpatient alcohol treatment, as with drug treatment, has the potential to completely turn our clients’ lives around, provided that they provide the willingness to participate and take the actions suggested in our program. Even though we at Discovery Transitions pride ourselves in meeting the highest standards of treatment, IOP therapy can only be as effective as the level of personal involvement a client brings to it.