Mental illness isn’t something anyone plans on, but it still affects people from all walks of life. Like most things, however, it rarely waits for a convenient time to strike and people are often dismayed at the thought of putting their lives on hold to seek help. This is a common obstacle for many, but at Alta Loma, there are options available that will allow you to get the care you need without disrupting your daily life. If your situation prevents you from being away for any length of time, or you’ve recently completed long-term care and are wondering what comes next, our intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Designed specifically for men with psychiatric and co-occurring substance use disorders, our programs provide the proper care you need to progress through recovery and achieve the happy, sober life you deserve.

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What are Intensive Outpatient Programs?

Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are a level of care that allows people to participate in recovery by attending meetings, individual and group therapy, counseling and more while continuing to live at home. IOPs provide the same high-quality care as residential treatment with more flexibility so patients can work on their recovery while maintaining the ability to manage their personal or professional responsibilities. This level of care is often recommended for those who don’t need or can’t commit to residential treatment, or who want to continue with intensive aftercare as they transition out of primary care.

What are Partial Hospitalization Programs?

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are similar to outpatient treatment, but there are some key differences between the two. PHPs also allow patients to live at home while in recovery but require more of a time commitment than most IOPs. As the most intensive level of non-residential care available, PHPs are ideal for those who want to get better but can’t commit to inpatient care, or who are leaving more intensive treatment but require step-down support as they return to their daily lives.

Is This Level of Care Right for Me?

IOPs and PHPs are typically recommended as transitional care to provide ongoing support after residential treatment. Recovering from mental health disorders and addiction doesn’t happen overnight, and many still benefit from the structure, guidance and therapeutic environment these programs provide. Depending on individual needs, an IOP or PHP helps patients gain real-world experience and practice the skills they learned in treatment, but with the continued guidance of their recovery team. Intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs are also appropriate for those who:

  • Don’t meet the diagnostic requirement for residential treatment
  • Have recently completed or don’t need detox
  • Don’t require 24/7 monitoring
  • Cannot commit to residential care
  • Need a more flexible schedule
  • Have a stable, recovery-oriented home environment
  • Are prepared to take charge of their own recovery

At Alta Loma, our experienced team can help you decide which level of care is right for you depending on a variety of factors, including your mental health needs, substance abuse history, treatment goals and more. We’ll work closely with you to ensure that you have the best possible chance of achieving lasting recovery with a program that is appropriate for you.

IOP and PHP at Alta Loma

As an important part of our continuum of care at Alta Loma, we require all patients to attend either an IOP or PHP program, whichever is indicated for them medically and by the treatment team. The focus of our PHP/IOP is to provide an effective recovery solution that treats mental health and substance use disorders in tandem, delivering the comprehensive, integrated care that we are known for. Clients will participate in several groups during their time in our program, but will also meet with a primary therapist for individual sessions outside of group time to complement and enhance their recovery. Other features of IOP and PHP at Alta Loma include:

  • Daily IOP group
  • Daily PHP group
  • Individual counseling
  • Clinical groups run by a licensed clinician
  • Recovery-oriented groups
  • Medical groups offered by the director of nursing
  • Integrated mental health care
    Weekly themes
  • 12-step support
  • Relapse prevention
  • Life skills education

Both programs take place Monday through Friday, but PHP is a little more intensive and lasts for seven hours each day. IOP provides more flexibility and lasts for two hours a day, but both options allow patients to take part in everyday life and go to work or school and manage their home life. For many individuals, the ability to pursue personal, professional or academic goals while in recovery is essential to leading a balanced life, providing a sense of purpose and fulfillment that allows them to regain their independence, explore their potential and take control of their future.

Weekly Themes for Focused Recovery

To provide structured, coordinated care that helps clients continue to learn and grow while in IOP or PHP, each week has a theme that emphasizes certain problems, behaviors or recovery skills. Each week’s theme builds upon the week before, allowing clients to see how topics relate and focus on specific issues that will help them build a strong foundation for lasting recovery. The weekly themes are:

  • Mental health
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Thinking styles
  • Guilt, shame and getting to know yourself
  • Self-esteem and identity
  • Assertiveness and communication
  • Stress and anger management and defense mechanisms
  • Family systems
  • Codependency and boundaries
  • Relapse prevention, triggers, and cravings

Exploring weekly themes provides an in-depth experience that helps to engage clients in specific topics and gain new insights, connect with others and process everything they’ve learned so they can get the most out of each therapeutic moment. Our goal is to ensure that each individual is equipped to handle any obstacles they may encounter after treatment and successfully integrate back into a productive, independent and sober life after treatment.

Contact Alta Loma

Healing on Your Terms

At Alta Loma in Georgetown, Texas, our programs are geared toward men with a dual diagnosis who struggle with both mental health and substance use disorders. As an important part of our continuum of care, we offer IOP/PHP to provide ongoing guidance and support as clients work toward lasting recovery, or as an alternative to residential treatment. If you or someone you love has psychiatric and addiction issues and needs help, contact or call us today at 866-457-3843 to learn more about our programs.