The Difference Between IOP and 12 Step Meetings

Are you considering Intensive Outpatient for your substance use issues? Every person is unique, and addiction is unique to the person addicted. Addiction stories are different from one to the next. Many people find that inpatient treatment for a sustained period is out of their reach.

When people find themselves unable to attend inpatient, the search begins to find a treatment center that can they can go to during the day. It’s also very common for people to consider 12-Step programs to help them in their journey.

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IOP and Individual Attention

Intensive Outpatient Programs allow you to meet your life’s daily obligations while getting your addiction under control. Meetings occur at our facility multiple times per week with various therapies designed for your success. You’ll work with your designated professional to help you choose, manage, and maintain the therapies you need for your best chance at long-term success.

Therapies can include health, nutrition, yoga, life coaching, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more. IOP allows you to layout your path to recovery with the help of an experienced, professional therapist.

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12-Steps with a Sponsor

The 12-step programs address addiction with a different approach. It offers a community of people with the same addictions, taking the same steps to get the addiction under control. Instead of a therapist, a sponsor, someone who has successfully gone through the 12 steps, is your mentor.

The boundaries you would have with a sponsor are similar to those with your therapist. While they are experienced in the same journey you are going through and are very supportive, they are your sponsor, and these boundaries must be respected. The 12 steps are the same for everyone with your addiction, and therefore, your support is abundant.

Addiction Treatment Therapy vs. 12-Steps

Family support is always encouraged regardless of your approach to your recovery. Addiction treatment therapy and 12-Step programs are very similar in this way. A good substance abuse treatment center will empower you with knowledge and choices. You won’t feel alone on your journey.

If you feel that a tailor-made plan created with you by a licensed and experienced therapist will be the most comfortable for you, IOP is a great option. Many people find that a well-rounded group of therapies help solidify their recovery.

Not only are you learning about how to live life without your addiction, but you’re also learning new life skills and tools to help you move forward.

However, should you decide that the 12-step programs make the most sense to you, along with a community of support and your loved ones, you can pursue meetings as well.

Just don’t take your eye off of the prize: a happy, healthy lifestyle that is not controlled by your addiction.

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IOP vs. 12-Step Time Duration

Nobody wants to be held captive by addiction. That’s why you’re here, right? Recovery is possible, but it’s also likely if you’re wholly committed to your process. No matter how long it takes, it’s worth it.

Everyone is different, and so is each recovery. No timeline can be placed on something so important for your well-being. Recovery, no matter what method or process you choose, is about lifelong recovery and should be treated with patience, even more patience after a while.

With that being said, both programs take roughly about the same amount of time to get through — about 12 weeks. You may be attending 90 meetings in 90 days with the 12-step program or several meetings multiple times per week in an IOP. Having a support system in place will increase your chances of success in life-long recovery.

If you’re still unsure which approach is best for you, no need to worry: our staff is committed to helping you discover your best chance at success. All you need to do is take the first step and contact us.

Are you ready for recovery? You’re not alone. We’re ready to help you get there. Give us a call.

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