IOP in New Jersey

What You Need to Know About IOP in New Jersey

Intensive Outpatient Programs in New Jersey, or IOP New Jersey for short are a level of care in the spectrum of addiction treatment options. We realized that drug treatment can seem complicated sometimes. This article clarifies what levels of care are and where IOP New Jersey fits in. We’ll also explain what to expect from IOP NJ programs and what you should look for in one.

What is An Intensive Outpatient Program?

An Intensive Outpatient Program is just what it sounds like. The intensive part means that it’s a step above conventional outpatient treatment, which might be only an hour or two once a week. The outpatient part indicates that patients do not sleep overnight in a medical facility, as they do in inpatient detox or inpatient/residential drug rehab. IOP New Jersey, by comparison, usually consists of at least 3 days a week for several hours at a time.

The Basic ASAM Levels of Care in Addiction Treatment are:

  • Intensive Inpatient (inpatient drug detox NJ)
  • Residential/Inpatient (patient stays in a rehab 24/7)
  • Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient (day treatment with sober living)
  • Outpatient (patient returns to work/school and attends therapy and meetings)

To put it another way, most people enrolled in an IOP New Jersey program are making their addiction treatment their primary focus in their lives at the time. School or work will have to come second or wait while they focus on getting well. Regular outpatient treatment on the other hand, fits into everyday life. Someone can attend outpatient while still in a full-time job or as a full-time student. IOP treatment includes many of the same things you get at higher levels of care, like Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP). The biggest difference is the time commitment. PHP is usually 4-5 days a week and a full day each time.

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How Does an IOP Program Work?

If you have questions about just how much help you or your loved one needs, you aren’t alone. The best advice is always to get an assessment from a professional first. One call to The Healing Center is all it takes to begin that process. An initial assessment will give you a better idea of where to begin. When in doubt though, it’s almost always better to get more help rather than less.

If you can make the commitment, starting with IOP before outpatient will give you more help. If you’re able to attend a partial hospitalization program (PHP) before IOP New Jersey, that’s even better. If you really think about it, you can’t get “too much help” for a problem, can you? But you can fail to get enough help and with addiction that can lead to tragic consequences. So bear that in mind in making your decisions about addiction treatment in NJ.

People enter an intensive outpatient program for addiction usually in one of three ways:

1.)   They complete detox, PHP and/or other more intensive levels of care first.

2.)   Enter IOP directly because they aren’t currently using and don’t need higher levels of care.

3.)   A court order mandates them to attend IOP treatment for a set amount of time.

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The second category of patient above is less common, but sometimes you may have a special circumstance. For example, a person who has already been to complete rehab and had steady recovery for 3-6 months and was attending outpatient has a slip and picks up a drug or a drink. They tell their counselor right away though and thankfully they don’t go on a tear.

That is a situation where that person might return to the intensive outpatient level of care that comes before outpatient. The person only used once, so they don’t need medical detox and the evaluating clinicians don’t think returning to residential or PHP is necessary. The key there is the evaluation. This is a decision which you should always defer to the experts on whenever possible.

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Who Is IOP Appropriate For?

Most people entering an intensive outpatient program in NJ are graduating from the PHP level of care. IOP isn’t for people who are actively using or still need inpatient medical detox. Some people do begin at the IOP level if they don’t require more intensive levels of care. The duration of an IOP New Jersey program varies. It really depends on three things:

  • The persons specific needs and addiction history.
  • Their ability to commit to treatment, how much time they can dedicate to it.
  • Whether or not their financial resources or health insurance will cover it.

The good news is since the The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 1998, health insurance companies have to offer equal mental health and addiction treatment. This means that most employer issued health insurance plans will, in fact cover IOP for qualified participants. It’s also helpful to know that should you need to take leave from work or school to go to IOP NJ, the Family and Medical Leave Act can often protect your job for up to 12 weeks while you get the help you need.

The fact of the matter is that NJ IOP treatment works. It’s proven effective. Especially when it’s part of a complete treatment plan.  Speaking of complete treatment plans, that brings us right back to the beginning. Any treatment decision like this is best begun with an evaluation. It will take a load off your mind and give you some direction. The best part is the preliminary evaluation is completely free of charge and it can be done over the phone. All you need to do is give The Healing Center a call. We’ll take it from there.

Find Healing at IOP in New Jersey

They say addiction never sleeps. We’ve found that to be true. So it follows that we need to tackle it head-on and aggressively. If you know there is a problem, the time to act is right now. Addiction isn’t a problem that ever fixes itself. Even if the person in need doesn’t think they are 100% ready for treatment yet, The Healing Center can help with advice and planning. Please remember, whether you need help or someone you care about does, you are not alone. You have a helping hand a phone call away. Let’s get things moving in the right direction by calling our admissions team today!