Intensive Outpatient Counseling
New Era Rehabilitation Center’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a small group-based recovery program that lasts between 12 and 16 weeks. It requires attendance to three-hour group meetings that meet three times a week. IOP programs are an exhaustive approach to recovery that still allow the patient to maintain a normal work or school schedule while also being fiercely committed to his or her recovery. As participants in the IOP, patients will work with Certified Addiction Counselors (CAC), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC), or counselors possessing a masters degree.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) has several groups that may be attended as part of the mental heath component, including Early Recovery Skills groups, 12 Step Facilitation groups, Social Support groups, Anger Management groups, and Relapse Prevention groups as a part of after-care.
Early Recovery Skills
This group is aimed toward patients who are early in their recovery journey. It utilizes a multimedia approach to assist clients in understanding the changes they are about to undergo and developing the skills necessary for early recovery. Patients are taught how to reduce cravings, schedule time so as to minimize temptation, discontinue use of secondary substances, and use community support as a vehicle for successful recovery.
12 Step Facilitation
This group is consistent with active involvement in 12 step recovery programs such as Cocaine Addicts Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Alcoholics Anonymous. Based on
the principle that addiction is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit, the group promotes moving toward comprehensive recovery one day at a time, starting with complete abstinence from mood-altering substances. This particular method is based on acceptance, where patients realize they need help and cannot beat addiction alone, and surrender, where patients reach out for instruction and follow the course as specified.
This group realizes that significant life change is the long term goal of treatment and recovery. It is based on the tenets of unconditional acceptance, inward reflection, open and honest interpersonal interaction, and commitment to change. As substance abuse tends to have a social component, the Social Support group provides a safe space where clients can practice socializations skills without recreational substance use, offers examples of patients who are advanced in treatment as examples that it can be done, and encourages patients to broaden their support system with abstinent, recovering contacts.
This group is based on the concept that substance abuse often coexists with anger and violence. By aiding patients in developing relaxation, cognitive, and communication techniques, the Anger Management group promotes the reduction of stress, the recognition and management of anger cues, and the development of personalized anger control plans. The group encourages clients to apply the lessons learned in group in practical settings within their personal lives.
After completing the initial 12 to 16 week program, patients participate in the Relapse Prevention group, which aims to provide clients with the tools to maintain substance abstinence. Group members learn how to identify, avoid, and cope with high risk situations through the use of a five stage program.