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How an Evening IOP Can Be Beneficial for Your Lifestyle

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Work or home responsibilities don’t have to interfere with your ability to participate in the treatment program that can help you strengthen your recovery from substance use disorder. An evening intensive outpatient program (IOP) can help you build a strong recovery foundation without interfering with daily life.

If you’re interested in support for substance use disorder that can fit your responsibilities, Woodland Recovery Center Mississippi can help. Give us a call at 662.222.2989 to learn more about evening IOP at Woodland Recovery Center Mississippi.

What Is an Evening Intensive Outpatient Program?

Substance use disorder treatment is offered with different levels of care: residential/inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization treatment (PHP), and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP). Patients can enroll in an IOP either with or without first completing a higher level of care.

Most IOPs meet three to five days a week for three-hour sessions in the morning or afternoon. An evening intensive outpatient program is designed to treat people with obligations at work or home that make participation in a daytime IOP difficult, such as full-time work, school, or family responsibilities.

What to Expect at an Evening IOP

An evening IOP has many benefits. Some patients prefer evening sessions even when they don’t have other obligations. Relapse can happen at any time of day, but some individuals struggle most in the evening hours, especially after dealing with the stress of work or family life.

Night IOP at Woodland Recovery Center Mississippi can consist of:

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Psychiatric services
  • Treatment for co-occurring disorders
  • Medical services and monitoring

An evening IOP schedule allows patients to maintain a regular daily routine that isn’t centered around treatment.

While intensive care can be helpful or even necessary at the beginning of recovery, the ultimate goal is for recovery maintenance to take up a small part of a well-rounded and fulfilling lifestyle.

Patients can begin to implement the skills they learn during evening IOP as they continue their typical activities, building confidence and preparing them for the next step in recovery.

An Evening IOP Schedule Supports a Healthy Lifestyle

Substance use disorder treatment is intended to be short-term. Patients commit to programs for a set period, and that time is used to:

  • Identify underlying reasons for substance use
  • Get help for co-occurring mental health concerns
  • Learn communication and coping skills
  • Identify and plan for relapse triggers
  • Make lifestyle changes that support recovery
  • Gain experience with remaining substance free

The goal of a treatment program is to help patients internalize these skills, putting them into practice in daily life so that recovery can be maintained without needing the ongoing support of a behavioral health facility.

The format of a night IOP lends itself well to helping patients achieve this goal. Evening IOP allows patients the space to live out regular life during the daytime and then come to process and discuss the day’s challenges in a healthy environment.

A night IOP takes a backseat to the other events of the day but can provide the support and community that helps reduce the risk of relapse in the evening hours. Once an evening IOP is complete, the new schedule a participant has developed can naturally transfer to evening participation in a 12-Step group, alternative recovery group, or treatment center alumni meetings.

Evening IOP at Woodland Recovery Center – Mississippi

Woodland Recovery Center Mississippi is an addiction treatment center in Southaven, MS. We offer all levels of care, including a flexible night IOP program for those who need a treatment program that runs in the evening hours.

Don’t let your responsibilities prevent you from getting the support that can help you thrive. Call 662.222.2989 for more information about night IOP at Woodland Recovery Center Mississippi.