Do you provide detox services?
In order to understand your specific needs, we begin with a clinical assessment. Part of the clinical assessment includes identifying helpful services and treatment options. In some situations, detox may be required. If medically-supervised detox is required, we will refer you to professional detox services prior to starting an IOP.
Am I eligible for IOP?
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed for people who are struggling with problems associated with addictions, substance use and abuse, or the co-occurring disorders associated with substance use. Eligibility for the IOP is determined by a mandatory clinical assessment, which is conducted at the center as part of the admissions process.
You may consider an IOP if:
- You continue to use drugs even after negative consequences as a result of drug use.
- You have completed an inpatient program or partial hospitalization program.
- You have relapsed
- You have a co-occurring disorder. Patients may have anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder in addition to a substance use disorder.
Participants in Medically Assisted Treatment are also welcomed.
What do we do in IOP?
The IOP model of treatment includes group therapy as well as individual counseling bi-weekly with a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Our group sizes do not exceed 10 people. Clients are provided a safe environment to address the following needs at Positive Pathways’ IOP: Relapse Prevention Skills, How to Manage Urges and Cravings, Progression of the Disease of Addiction, Introduction To the Twelve Steps, Stages of Change, Focus On Co-Occurring Disorders and the Effects On Addiction and Recovery, and Family Education.
For needs that require additional services, we contract with primary care physicians, mental health professionals in the community and other services.
How long is Positive Pathways’ IOP?
Average length of stay is 8 – 12 weeks. The length of your treatment depends on you, the individual. You will have different needs from your peers, so it is difficult to judge your exact stay. We do have some minimum requirements for graduation that will be discussed at Intake. Once you complete these requirements which include 90+ days of sobriety, step work, relapse prevention, and improved social interactions you are eligible for graduation.
Can my family they come with me?
Substance abuse affects everyone in the family. Research shows that those individuals whose families are highly active and involved in their treatment have improved outcomes. Positive Pathways provides has a family component to the Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program (IOP).
Positive Pathways also has an Outpatient Individual Therapy Program where clients can participate in individual substance use therapy and family therapy. Positive Pathways Family Therapy is designed to address improving communication and setting boundaries while building the bonds of trust,
What do I need to do to come see you for an assessment?
To start the process, you can call (757) 543-1870 to schedule a clinical assessment to determine the level of care you need. When you call in you will speak with any one of our qualified, well trained, and caring staff that can help you by explaining the process and scheduling an intake appointment for you. If your clinical assessment determines that you are not appropriate for our Outpatient Therapy (Individual Therapy) Program or our Intensive Outpatient Program, (IOP), we will do our best to provide you with referrals for treatment that meet your needs, you are not alone!
What Do I Bring for the Intake Process?
During this intake process you will be required to bring in your identification card, insurance information, list of all medications you take, and the names and numbers of all medical and mental health providers.
Is Relapse Prevention Part of Positive Pathways’ IOP?
Relapse prevention is an important component of IOP treatment. Relapse prevention training helps people come up with ways to deal with cravings and triggers without using drugs and alcohol. Intensive outpatient programs teach relapse prevention skills during group and individual therapy sessions.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then.You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, and for whatever reason, they aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.