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Whether you’re participating in our Intensive Outpatient (IOP) or Outpatient (OP) Program, you’ll be assigned a primary therapist to work with while you’re in the program. Throughout your program stay, you will meet regularly to discuss your rehabilitation progress, recovery plan, aftercare goals, issues, and concerns. Your primary therapist will meet with you, your partner, and family members (with your consent) throughout your treatment along with other members of our multidisciplinary staff to help you on your way to recovery.
Clients attend group therapy during treatment, including process groups, targeted addiction-themed group discussions, recovery skills building groups, and optional 12-step groups. Many of the therapies conducted at Desert Hope Outpatient Center will be conducted in a peer group setting, which has been shown to help people in recovery form supportive relationships with others who share their substance abuse histories (SAMHSA, Treatment Improvement Protocol 41). Process groups will vary in topic, but will address the concerns, struggles and challenges of living with substance addiction and maintaining sobriety.
We recommend family sessions for all IOP and OP clients–the reality is, family members are almost always involved and touched by substance addiction both before and after your recovery. When you arrive, we’ll talk with you about whether your family members would be open to attending therapy onsite at Desert Hope Outpatient Center or via telepsychology sessions, using webcams or other conferencing technology. Throughout your treatment, you and your family will engage in individualized family therapy as appropriate and as indicated by the treatment plan.
Regardless of your level of care, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in recovery-oriented challenge therapy activities. During these dynamic team building and self-esteem exercises, you’ll work in collaboration with your treatment team in robust, challenging events outside of the treatment setting.
One of our most popular challenge therapies is our supervised “Ropes” challenge course. Other activities may include traditional team sports, hiking, rock climbing and more. Designed to reintroduce you to examples of sober pleasures and activities, these exercises also illustrate ways to manage your post–outpatient treatment leisure time in a healthier way, supporting your long-term recovery.
At some point during your IOP or OP program, though you meet outpatient treatment admission criteria, you may also benefit from additional services such as medication and medication management, or psychiatric care. If this is the case, we will integrate appointment times into your day program as advised by your multidisciplinary treatment team. Should you have a medical condition upon admission into Desert Hope Outpatient Center, we will communicate with your treating physician to coordinate care or additional medical observation if clinically indicated.
In addition to group therapy focused on flexible peer discussions, you will also attend psychoeducational and didactic groups as a part of your IOP or OP treatment. These groups address common issues encountered by people in recovery, delivered in a “classroom” setting designed to teach post-treatment coping skills and prepare you with recovery strategies to use following your addiction treatment program. In these special group settings, you will learn techniques and options to control how you respond in future high-risk situations that might threaten your sobriety
Many people in substance addiction treatment programs at all levels of care participate in 12-step based programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. For our Desert Hope Outpatient Center clients, we encourage attendance and participation in 12-step groups to complement our curriculum while you’re in treatment, as well as following treatment, which has been shown to increase lengths of abstinence.
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