Treatment that extends past 30 days is associated with better recovery outcomes, according to the research. Our 65-day intensive outpatient program (IOP) is thus another fulfillment of the Beach House pledge of clinical excellence—namely, the use of evidence-based treatments to achieve the best possible client outcomes in the direction of lasting freedom from drugs and alcohol.
This section will introduce you to our IOP program and, in particular:
- the elements that make it a model of clinical excellence
- a typical day in the program
- its measures of clinical effectiveness
Inpatient Outpatient Program – Our Clinical Excellence Practices
The IOP program, which is a “Stage 2” level of care for clients who have graduated from our 35-day inpatient residential program or have been referred to us, utilizes the same clinical best practices that distinguish our other programs. These include:
- Therapeutic alliance – a strong emphasis on building a close and collaborative, client-clinician, working relationship.
- Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed (CDOI) approach – Therapy that focuses on the individualized treatment goals of the client and on the routine evaluation and improvement of client outcomes.
- Outcomes tracking and analysis – The routine measurement of client outcomes based on empirically validated, standardized benchmarks and investment in collection and evaluation of our outcomes by an independent third party.
- Clinical supervision – Regular oversight of our therapists by a clinical supervisor who, based on videotaped sessions, evaluates each therapist’s work and makes therapeutic recommendations that ensure the highest quality of individualized clinical care is being provided.
- Multidisciplinary team meetings – Weekly opportunities for our medical and clinical teams, as well as other relevant staff, to come together to review the client’s progress in treatment and discuss the future plan of care and any necessary changes.
What a Day in Our Intensive Outpatient Program Looks Like
Clients in the IOP program are able to live on campus and enjoy access to 24/7 care from our staff; but they also have more free time and independence than do clients in our highly structured, 35-day residential program—the idea being that IOP is a step-down level of care preparing clients for life after treatment.
Over the course of a total of 30 week days, IOP clients receive 20 hours of group and individual therapy sessions, participate in 12-step peer support groups, and enjoy life skills training and mentorship opportunities that prepare them for life after rehab.
On any given week day, then, IOP clients will be found engaging in one or more of the following evidence-based therapies:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma-Informed Therapy, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills,
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- 12-Step Groups
If they are living in on-campus housing, they may receive a random drug screening also—to ensure they are complying with our pledge to provide a 100 percent, drug-free living environment.
On any given day in the program, IOP clients might also be found meeting with our alumni case manager, whose responsibility is to help them prepare for a sober life after rehab, including full-time school or work. The alumni case manager works with clients to help them plug into the local recovery community, find a sober housing situation that meets their needs, and pursue next steps in educational and/or vocational development and advancement.
Measures of Clinical Effectiveness
Measures of clinical effectiveness focus on continuance of a drug-free lifestyle, evidence of improved psychological functioning and social skills, the attainment of a job or full-time enrollment in school by the end of treatment, and clients’ own perceptions of their quality of life following treatment.
Our “Beach House Treatment Outcomes” section contains the data on our outcomes and details about how we track and measure these outcomes.
Just as entering treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction can be scary, so can the prospect of having to leave the safe, inviting confines of our rehab center in order to embark on a future free of addiction outside our walls. That’s because our friendly and informed staff, caring peer community, and peaceful surroundings — even the rigorous daily routine of our therapeutic offerings, seven days a week, that comprises our more intensive, Stage 1, residential treatment experience— can quickly become a home away from home for Beach House clients. Leaving that home can be intimidating.
Our intensive outpatient program eases this transition to full independence, while boosting clients’ prospects of a future that’s forever free of addiction’s stranglehold.