Is Intensive Outpatient Treatment Effective for Behavioral Health?

Is Intensive Outpatient Treatment Effective for Behavioral Health?

Although mental health for adolescents is an issue that is getting some rightful attention, adult mental health is not spoken about as often because there is still a stigma associated with it, even though it's widely common for adults to develop a mental illness. It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness in any given year. 1 in 25 adults will experience a level of mental illness that interferes with their day-to-day routine. Some may even develop drug or alcohol addictions as a result of substance abuse as a coping mechanism.

At Sacred Oak, we are committed to helping adults work through their behavioral health challenges. Although many first think of fully immersive in-patient programs at rehab clinics as the primary means of getting depression treatment and improving overall mental health, outpatient programs are also a viable option. Are they just as effective?

Which Form of Behavioral Health Treatment is Best?

The truth is that between our In-Patient Behavioral Health Program, Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), no single one is necessarily better or more effective than the others. Recovery is a deeply personal, lifelong fight, so which program you select at any given time depends entirely on where the individual is in their journey to better mental health.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program for Behavioral Health

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is best suited to individuals who have completed our In-Patient Behavioral Health treatment and/or our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and have since reached a point in their treatment for depression or other mental illness where they are more stable and no longer need constant, round-the-clock care. This program, although more flexible than the aforementioned, remains highly-structured and thorough in order to ensure the patient has continued support through their rehab. 

This program allows patients to work with our qualified medical professionals to learn about the symptoms of behavioral health issues, as well as healthy ways to overcome them instead of resorting to substance abuse, resulting in a more stable foundation for their continued recovery.

How The Intensive Outpatient Program for Mental Illness Works

The program lasts for an average length of 6 weeks and consists of 3 group sessions a week, all of which last 3 hours. It also consists of 2-3 individual sessions a month. To help encourage the patient and remind them they are not alone, we offer both daytime and evening hours for sessions, in order to make time for them and ensure they get the support they need.

Sacred Oak Tailors Treatments to Every Individual Looking to Improve Their Mental Health

Depression treatment as well as treatment for other mental illnesses are never one-size-fits-all solutions. Our professionals will tailor treatment plans to each individual so that they can get the most out of our programs and learn to Repair the Body, Mend the Mind, and Heal the Spirit. Please get an assessment if you feel that you or a loved one are in need of an intensive outpatient program to recover from behavioral health challenges. 

Outpatient Programs for Chemical Dependency at Sacred Oak in Houston

Outpatient Programs for Chemical Dependency at Sacred Oak in Houston

Chemical dependency, also known as substance dependence, is one of the most common reasons for someone seeking treatment at a specialized facility. It can be described as the continued abuse of drugs or alcohol even though several problems have arisen as a result of this abuse.

Signs that someone has developed a chemical dependency may include an increased tolerance for a certain substance, the appearance of withdrawal symptoms, distancing themselves from fun and social activities, and most importantly, insisting on obtaining the substance despite fully knowing and understanding the psychological, physical, and familial consequences that occur.

At Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston, we offer two outpatient programs to help people overcome behavioral health and chemical dependency symptoms and challenges. We offer an Intensive Outpatient Program as well as a Supportive Outpatient Program, and which one our medical professionals recommend depends on the severity of the patient's experience.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Chemical Dependency

This option allows individuals to follow a thorough care and treatment program that is well structured without being as restrictive as our Partial Hospitalization Program. 

In order to be eligible for this program, the patient must achieve a certain level of stability that lets them properly engage throughout the program. This also means that the patient must have recovered enough to not need constant, round-the-clock care. Taking part in the Intensive Outpatient Program requires responsibility at the individual level, so the patient must be capable of living alone or with family, and must have reliable transportation to and from the medical center.

This program typically lasts for six weeks on average. The patient will attend 3 group sessions a week, each lasting 3 hours, along with 2 or 3 individual sessions a month. Both daytime and evening hours are available for all of the sessions 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 a supportive program. This is typically the best placement for those who have successfully completed the IOP, but still want continued support in their day-to-day effort to maintain their sobriety. This program, although lighter, still offers a well-structured environment.

In order to be eligible for this type of program, the patient must meet the same eligibility requirements as the IOP.

This program has no set time limit. The patient may participate in individual sessions as needed, but we do ask that they participate in 3 hours' worth of group sessions every week. However, if the patient feels they need more group sessions, they are welcome to on an as-needed basis.

Sacred Oak Can Help You or a Loved One Work Through a Substance Dependence

Substance abuse and dependence are more common than you may think, but it's important to know that help is out there and you can start by contacting us to learn more. We are dedicated to helping individuals repair the body, mend the mind, and heal the spirit.