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Can an IOP Addiction Program Be Scheduled Around Work?

Can an IOP Addiction Program Be Scheduled Around Work?

By the time most addiction sufferers realize they are ready to seek help for their addiction, there’s a sense of urgency in their need to do so. The urgency comes as a result of things in their life being in turmoil. To relieve the turmoil, the addiction sufferer needs to focus on getting treatment from a repeatable drug and alcohol rehab. Part of the decision-making process is going to have to include picking the right rehab facility and finding a program that fits the prospective client’s circumstance. The first part of that is a lot easier than the second part. The second part of the decision-making process will have to include input from the rehab facility’s admissions staff.

Choosing Intensive Outpatient Care Options

In many cases, inpatient treatment is going to be the preferred path to recovery. With that said, inpatient care is not always a suitable option for a particular client. If that’s the case, the next step down the treatment ladder would be intensive outpatient care or IOP. IOP programs require the client to spend a certain amount of time in the rehab facility. During this time, they will be required to participate in both intensive individual therapy sessions and group sessions.

Generally, IOP programs are structured to require the client to be on-premises at least 4-6 hours, 3-5 days a week. If they make good progress and abide by the rules over the first few weeks, they might be permitted to move down the outpatient care ladder one more step to straight outpatient care. Straight outpatient care drops the client’s requirement to 2-3 days per week, 2-3 hours per day. There are several instances where it’s reasonable for a client to aggressively pursue IOP treatment in lieu of inpatient care. All is good with the rehab facility’s treatment staff as long as the client is able to get what they need from the IOP program. If you are wondering about working your treatment schedule around your addiction treatment obligations, the following information about viable reasons for pursuing IOP care should help address your concerns. The list of reasons includes:

  • Financial Responsibilities
  • Primary Care Responsibilities for Children or Dependent Adults
  • Lack of Financial Resources
  • Work/School Responsibilities

Financial Responsibilities

If the client is the family’s primary breadwinner, attending inpatient care could restrict their ability to support the family. The reality is most people live paycheck-to-paycheck and could face financial difficulties if they missed a paycheck or two.

Primary Care Responsibilities

Adults with children or elderly parents at home don’t always have enough flexibility to be away from home for any length of time. If there’s not a way to find someone to step in and care for the client’s dependents, the client would not be able to submit to inpatient care, leaving their dependents to fin for themselves.

Lack of Financial Resources

Clearly, inpatient care is a lot more expensive than any other form of addiction treatment. If the client has healthcare insurance coverage, covering the cost of treatment would not really be an issue. If they don’t have insurance, they would have to seek other resources to pay for rehab. IOP treatment is likely the most they could afford on a tight family budget.

Work/school Responsibilities

This one goes right to the heart of the title question. Sometimes, people have work or school responsibilities that can’t be subjugated to subordinates or partners. If their jobs are in jeopardy, the client has to do want’s necessary to protect their job and career. The answer to the title question is an emphatic yes. In almost all cases, the rehab facility’s staff will be more than happy to develop a treatment schedule around the client’s work/school responsibilities.

There’s a lot of motivation for the staff to make treatment as convenient as possible. Again, it’s simply a matter of the client abiding by whatever schedule is set forth. If the client can follow the rules and make good progress, attending to their other responsibilities would actually be considered a good thing. You read the information above. We assume that means you are considering getting help for your addiction. If that’s true, we would like to offer to help you with the treatment process. If you give us a call at 866-300-6707, we would be glad to talk to you about our facility and the addiction treatment services we can offer you.