Comparing Intensive Outpatient Therapy and Supportive Outpatient Therapy for Chemical Dependency

Comparing Intensive Outpatient Therapy and Supportive Outpatient Therapy for Chemical Dependency

Chemical dependency, also known as substance dependence or addiction, is one of the most common reasons why adults seek treatment at a specialized facility like ours. Although drug abuse may be confused with drug addiction, and alcohol abuse may be mistaken for alcohol addiction, there is a clear difference between the two.

At Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston, our chemical dependency hospital offers two outpatient programs designed to help adults overcome their chemical dependency and challenges–an Intensive Outpatient Program as well as a Supportive Outpatient Program. Which one our medical professionals recommend depends on the severity of the patient's experience.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Alcohol and Drug Addiction

This program helps adults overcome their drug or alcohol addiction by allowing for more freedom without being as restrictive as an inpatient program and without sacrificing responsibility. 

In order for us to recommend this program to someone, the patient must be at a stage in their recovery where they are stable enough to not need round-the-clock care. This way, they have the freedom to come and go from the medical center in order to get the continued support they need. 

The intensive program lasts for about six weeks, in which the patient will be required to attend 3 adult-group sessions a week, each lasting 3 hours, along with 2 or 3 individual therapy sessions a month. We offer both daytime and evening hours in order to provide flexibility and to help the patient as needed.

The Supportive Outpatient Program (SOP) for Chemical Dependency

On the less intensive side, we offer what we refer to as our supportive program. This is best suited for adults who have successfully completed the IOP and wish to have continued, structured support throughout their recovery to keep them accountable and positive.

This program has no set time limit, as patients participate in it as needed. We do, however, recommend 3 hours worth of group sessions every week, but if the patient feels they need more then we will accommodate them.

Sacred Oak is Proud to Help Adults Work Through a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

It’s hardly a secret that chemical dependency affects a substantial portion of the population, but it's important to know that help is out there and you can start by getting an assessment. We are dedicated to helping individuals repair the body, mend the mind, and heal the spirit.