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Intensive Outpatient
Program in Atlanta

Strengthening Skills and Preparing for the Future

Intensive Outpatient Program

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in the Atlanta area is ideal for those who have successfully completed Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center’s Partial Hospitalization Program and who wish to have continued support in developing the skills needed for a lifetime of sobriety. Our Atlanta Intensive Outpatient Program may also be appropriate as a starting point for care.

With decades of research backing up the intensive outpatient program model model, our program provides encouragement, love and counsel for those making progress with their treatment goals and commitment to recovery.

Patients typically participate in treatment three hours a day. Depending on an individual’s treatment needs, Atlanta patients are in IOP five days a week for three to four weeks, and then step down to three days a week. This smooth transition allows patients to practice their recovery skills while reintegrating into the structure of work, school or volunteer work during the time they’re not in treatment.

Both day and evening hours are available at our Atlanta IOP, a flexibility that many of our patients with family, school and work responsibilities appreciate.

Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center's Intensive
Outpatient Program includes:

  • Individualized treatment planning.
  • Morning prayer, meditation or worship.
  • Daily group therapy with a focus on truth, respect, accountability, forgiveness and personal and spiritual growth.
  • Weekly appointments with a physician.
  • Assistance with medication management.
  • Family therapy sessions to continue to help family members and relationships heal.
  • Multifamily group therapy, an opportunity for several families to get together to provide support, encouragement and understanding for one another.
  • Recreation therapy to learn new ways of enjoying free time while sober.
  • Exercise for stress relief and to restore physical wellbeing.
  • Random urine drug screens.

How Our Atlanta Intensive Outpatient
Program Helps Those in Recovery

In IOP, patients continue to make progress and celebrate important recovery milestones. If an individual has come from a partial hospitalization program, he or she will continue to build on the skills they’ve learned while acquiring new ones to help further their recovery, including:

  • Continue to develop ways to recognize and cope with triggers by learning relapse prevntion strategies.
  • Build meaningful relationships and connect with peers who are seeking a spiritual, sober path through fellowship groups and Christian 12-Step Recovery Program meetings.
  • Learn to express emotions in a safe space.
  • Learn strategies to reduce stress and anxiety to cope with the pressures and responsibilities of daily life while maintaining sobriety.
  • Learn how to successfully manage any co-occurring disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Develop and integrate healthy lifestyle choices into their daily routine such as exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate sleep.

Personal and Spiritual Growth

During IOP in Atlanta, patients’ recovery deepens and strengthens. Their brain and body is healing, leading to a stabilization of mood and a restoration of overall physical health.

In individual and group therapy, patients gain insight into their drug and alcohol use history. Families can see the progress being made, and interactions improve. Patients also check in daily with their sponsor and begin to work toward getting back to a normal, balanced schedule – including getting adequate sleep, actively looking for a job, returning to work or doing volunteer work in the community.

Patients continue to work through difficult emotions, learn coping skills for dealing with grief, anger, trauma and anxiety, and continue to overcome the interpersonal, situational and psychological barriers to recovery. The focus is on truth, respect, accountability and forgiveness. Patients continue to work the 12-steps and build on RecoveryMind™ training, which alters how an individual understands their illness and provides a series of steps to teach how to correct the damage produced by months, years or decades of addictive thinking and behavior.

The Intensive Outpatient Program is a time when many individuals also deepen their relationship with God through daily prayer, meditation and Bible study. Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center’s Intensive Outpatient Program incorporates the Christian 12-Step Recovery Program’s faith-based principles into treatment. Important themes during IOP include learning how to walk with God in recovery and how your relationship with God can be used as a tangible strength in sustaining recovery and emotional regularity.

Through spiritual growth, patients set a better course for lives and gain the fortitude to sustain their commitment to sobriety long after treatment ends.

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