Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program (IOP)

Community Health Services Employment ApplicationCommunity Health Services provides an Arizona-certified Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program designed to provide in-depth treatment for clients experiencing chronic problems with alcohol/drugs and other dependence. The goals of the program are to provide information about the physical, emotional, social, and legal consequences of alcohol consumption and/or drug use and prevent recidivism. Alcoholism or drug addiction is a serious progressive illness that unless treated and arrested, can lead to mental, physical, and emotional pain. The treatment components focus on a recovery program concerned with not just abstinence, but abstinence as a fulfilling, productive way of life. Each client will have an individual treatment plan based on a face-to-face interview, screening results and intake information. Individualized treatment plans with each offender will identify and address specific criminogenic needs pertinent to continued substance abuse. The A.A. 12-Step philosophy is strongly supported and encouraged.

The treatment program goal is to educate and motivate each offender to understand his/her substance use patterns and their significance for self and others and to design an appropriate and comprehensive relapse prevention plan.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program Components
Physical Effects of Drug and Alcohol Consumption
Self-Assessment of Alcohol & Drug Use
Psychological & Sociological Consequences of Alcohol & Drugs
Emotional Management
Values and Beliefs
Legal Issues Surrounding Drug Misuse
Personal Responsibility
Stages of Dependency
Alternatives to Drinking & Drug Use
Process of Addiction and Recovery
Family of Origin and Relationship Issues
Denial & Defense Mechanisms
Cognitive Skill Building
High Risk Situations for Lapse/Relapse

Relapse prevention is designed for individuals who have made a commitment to change. It is designed to prevent the client from returning to thoughts, emotions, and actions that originally brought the client into treatment.

Community Health Services Employment ApplicationThe Relapse Prevention component is included in the I.O.P. program. Relapse Prevention teaches participants to identify early warning signs of relapse and encourages more appropriate alternatives. Relapse Prevention is intended to provide the client with insight and tools to help prevent the return to criminal or drug/alcohol use/abuse. In the group, participants learn to recognize warning signs of relapse and to intervene long before drug use resumes. Using the Relapse Prevention model, participants identify the specific strengths and weaknesses of their addictive behavior and thus make better decisions with regard to alcohol and drugs. Participants are taught that they are not powerless over habitual patterns and impulsive decision-making. In the Relapse Prevention program, participants develop a personal relapse plan based on what they learn about the relapse process, triggers, coping with stress, lifestyle balance, and the recovery process. Relapse prevention strategies are developed and implemented which ultimately reduce the participant's likelihood of relapse.

Key themes in Relapse Prevention taken from Daley and Marlatt, 1992:

To identify high-risk relapse factors and develop strategies to address them;
To understand relapse as a process and an event;
To understand and negate AOD cues as well as actual cravings;
To understand and handle social pressures to use substances;
To develop a supportive relapse prevention network;
To develop methods of coping with negative emotional states;
To learn methods to cope with cognitive distortions;
To work toward a balanced lifestyle; and
To develop a plan to interrupt a lapse or relapse.

Community Health Services Employment ApplicationFor lasting recovery the clients must work through issues of guilt and shame, lack of self-esteem and feelings of disconnection and disempowerment. The basis for recovery is to build trust, bond in relationships, and build hope. Support systems will be stressed as critical in recovery. The importance of Role Models will be included in the program; trust and the reality of success will be demonstrated. Participants will be strongly encouraged to participate in 12-step programs or mutual-help support groups through all stages in the recovery process.

The I.O.P. Treatment Program consists of a minimum of twenty-one (21), three (3) hour group sessions meeting a minimum of twice a week plus an "Intake" and an "Exit" interview. Individual counseling is available as an adjunct to the I.O.P. Program.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment provides an alternative to residential treatment and is appropriate for clients with serious substance abuse problems who require more structured programs. Objectives emphasize dealing with urges and triggers, and dealing with feelings and emotions in recovery as well as the topics included above. Community Health Services is staffed with qualified professional staff members and support personnel. The cognitive/behavioral therapeutic groups are facilitated by experienced, professional substance abuse therapists.

Phone 480-949-8871

Fax 480-949-9723

"Rehabilitation and progress toward that end is measured by the client's commitment to change."

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