Woman Benefitting from an Intensive Outpatient Program Asheville NC

When trying to overcome addiction, it’s better to think of recovery as a journey instead of a set destination. It takes more than a few addiction therapy sessions to overcome years of substance abuse and addictive behaviors. However, after clients complete the first level of rehab treatment at Crest View Recovery Center in Asheville, North Carolina, we recommend our intensive outpatient program for ongoing care.

Here at Crest View, we help you resolve past trauma, co-occurring disorders, and other issues that could be affecting the reason(s) that you abuse substances and the problem(s) that stop you from maintaining your sobriety.

Why Individuals Should Seek Intensive Outpatient Program in Asheville, NC

The beginning of our Rehab Treatment Program lays the groundwork for sustainable sobriety. Therapists, psychiatrists, counselors, and other addiction treatment specialists will help you get to the root of your addiction and establish long-term recovery goals. However, transitioning back into society after treatment isn’t always easy. Although you’ve broken your chemical dependence and learned to modify addictive behaviors, early post-treatment sober living can transform into relapse if you’re not careful.

Crest View’s Intensive Outpatient Program merges independent living with ongoing therapy. Most individuals spend 4–6 weeks in our program as they learn how to effectively maintain their sobriety. During this time, you’ll see our counselors and licensed therapists three times a week for about three hours per session. Our Intensive Outpatient Program ensures that you don’t skip a beat along your recovery journey.

For example, our program includes:

Can I Enroll in an IOP if I Have a Dual Diagnosis?

Co-occurring disorders are when two mental health disorders occur at the same time in the same person with one of the mental health disorders being an addiction disorder. Half of the cases of addiction disorder contain another mental health issue at the same time.

Therapies such as finding the root cause of your addiction and working through trauma are very important. If someone doesn’t know that they have a co-occurring disorder if they are still in denial about an emotional or physical trauma that might have happened before or during their substance abuse or both we at Crest View Recovery Center can help. 

Some common co-occurring disorders are:

Sometimes trauma can cause flare-ups in both your addiction disorder and mental health disorder at the same time. When someone is experiencing one of these crises, we at Crest View Recovery Center will be able to help them through it.

Co-occurring disorders are also known as a dual diagnosis when the disorders are formally diagnosed. Both health disorders need to be treated if the person is going to maintain long-term recovery. For many people untreated or inadequately treated mental health disorders are the reason that they turn to drugs and/or alcohol. If their condition is not properly treated it could be the reason that they cannot maintain long-lasting sobriety.

What Services do IOPs Offer?

One of the least emotionally intense programs in our IOP is the drug education program. You will learn new facts about drugs and alcohol as well as their consequences. Here is a more involved list of therapies offered in our IOP:

 

Individual therapy – Individual therapy is the cornerstone of most IOPs and all addiction recovery treatment. During your IOP you will regularly meet with a mental health professional who specializes in addiction recovery. This is a safe space to share issues that you do not want to share, or do not yet feel comfortable sharing in group therapy. It also gives your health professional the chance to help you individually.

Group therapy – This is a type of therapy that people often don’t give enough credit to. During group therapy, people will bring up issues or seek advice about things that matter to them such as their romantic partner. Another client might have the same issue and hear about what seems like their exact same situation often helps them realize that the issue, such as a romantic partner, that the other client has brought up is a very real problem for themselves and/or the people around them. That helps break through the denial that drugs and alcohol addiction bring. Helping a fellow patient with their addiction recovery journey can be very powerful and positive for another patient.

Family Therapy – Addictive substances like drugs and/or alcohol can and often do severely damage the family both individually and as a whole. Many people suffer when a member of their family starts to abuse drugs and/or alcohol. It is important for the family not only to learn how to help their loved one cope with this disorder, but it is also important for the family to heal as a whole. When someone is in the depth of their addiction disorder they might do or say things that they do not mean either while under the influence of drugs or when trying to obtain drugs. They might even harm family members and break their trust due to actions like theft to buy drugs. 

12-step support meeting – A 12-step support meeting is not meant to take the place of clinical recovery. Instead, 12-step programs are often started during clinical recovery and they are continued throughout the client’s journey. 12-step programs are found all across the United States if the client ever chooses to move. A client might even visit a different location’s support meeting if they are on a very extended vacation or other stay and they face temptation. 

On-site psychiatrist – During your IOP you will have access to our on-site psychiatrist. Whether or not you have a dual diagnosis, our psychiatrist can help you if particularly stressing situations come up during your care such as a loved one dying.

 

How Do I Avoid Relapse?

People who are recovering from alcohol abuse in particular often have trouble socializing without consuming alcohol. Many gatherings like family events, gathering with friends, dinner dates, etc. Have alcohol openly consumed at them. Someone who is recovering from alcohol abuse will likely be offered alcohol by people who do not know their substance abuse history. 

Part of our multi-faceted approach is helping our clients learn to socialize without drugs or alcohol. After having started using substances many people fall into the trap of using them as the main means to socialize, or as something to talk about. Some people who stop abusing substances describe their decision to recover from certain substances and the beginning of their journey like “losing their best friend”. Part of learning how to socialize without drugs includes refusing drugs in both public and private settings.

We also teach our clients how to recognize triggers and trigger situations in their day to day lives that spark off an even more intense feeling of need in them to abuse substances. These triggers could be certain people, events, places, or even times such as the anniversary of a traumatic event.

Another thing that people with addiction might have trouble with is learning how to celebrate without substances. Substances like cocaine stimulate the reward center of the brain, releasing dopamine. People often start to find it difficult to feel pleasure from actives other than drug use after they have abused substances for too long. 

Our IOP clients also learn assertiveness. People who are assertive manage to make themselves heard without coming across or becoming hostile or aggressive. Assertiveness can help someone both not get pushed around in interpersonal situations and not scare people away because they are acting aggressively.

Can Meditation Help Me Maintain My Sobriety? 

Here, at Crest View Recovery Center, we teach you how to live healthfully. This includes practices like yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation have developed through the ages to promote living in the moment, relaxation, and self-control. Once you have started to develop your meditation skills you will find short meditations like “One breath in, one breath out” can be very useful when being tempted by substances either by a particular person or because of stressful situations. 

Will Eating Healthy Help Stop Me from Relapsing?

Living healthfully does not just mean meditation. We also promote nutritious eating and exercise. Substance abuse is any mental illness. Most mental illnesses get worse when the individual does not take good care of themselves and start eating junk food all of the time instead of regularly eating healthy meals. 

Can I Go Straight Into an IOP?

People who go straight to our IOP program often do not reach that level of addiction. However, there are two ways to get into our IOP program. The first way to get into our IOP program is to have not abused substances for a long period of time and have only abused certain substances. The second way to enter out IOP program is to go through our full treatment program from residential, then the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and then our IOP. 

Getting Back to the Rest of Your Life

One of the best things about our intensive outpatient program is returning to your regular everyday routine. After being away from your daily responsibilities, you’ll return to your family, school, employment, and other obligations. Moreover, thanks to our reality-based therapy program, you’ll be well-prepared to navigate obstacles and triggers that could cause you to relapse.

Reality therapy is a great way to practice what you learn in treatment. During a session, you will be placed in an active environment that is common in daily life, such as going to the movies, bowling, or another social gathering. Accompanied by our staff, you will begin to practice your new coping skills and relapse prevention techniques in real-life situations. This is a major benefit of our intensive outpatient program Asheville NC trusts.

What Happens After Completing Treatment?

Just like our professionals guide you on the road to recovery, CVRC will always be there to help you along the way—even after treatment. Upon completing our intensive outpatient program, you’ll have access to our exclusive alumni program, which helps you stay in touch with our facility as well as current and former program participants.

Learn how substance abuse treatment programs at Crest View Recovery Center can help you live a brighter, more productive future. Contact us today by calling (866) 327-2505 to start your journey. The intensive outpatient program Asheville NC residents deserve is available at CVRC.

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.