At First Step to Recovery, our mission is to set in place the fundamentals for successful recovery and transition back into a healthy sober life.
Our experience has taught us and millions more, the importance of laying the proper groundwork for a sober way of life. In the modern recovery era, which started 84 years ago, the basics remain the same today as they were in the beginning. The reason being, they work and have been used by many to achieve and maintain sobriety. Our goal is to guide clients at the beginning of their recovery journey and build a framework for a new way of life. We help our clients live a life free of substance abuse; a way of life most alcoholics and drug addicts didn’t think was possible!
Intensive Outpatient Programs – Industry Stats 2017
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are an important part of the continuum of care for alcohol and drug use disorders. IOPs allow those who have gone through medical detoxification and who no longer need 24-hour supervision to get psycho-social support, facilitated relapse management and coping strategies, and individual symptoms and needs addressed. The value of intensive outpatient programs has been verified through a number of industry studies, and intensive outpatient programs are proven to substantially reduce alcohol and drug use of those who attend consistently.
- Those who take part in an IOP and sober living housing are twice as likely to avoid relapse than those who only lived in drug-free housing
- This same group is 10 times more likely to avoid relapse than those who take part in neither sober living or outpatient treatment
- Studies have found that 50 to 70 percent of participants in an IOP reported abstinence at follow-up
- According to the American Psychiatric Association, when compared with inpatient care, IOP services have at least two advantages:
- Increased duration of treatment
- The opportunity to engage and treat consumers while they remain in their home environments, which affords consumers the opportunity to practice newly learned behaviors
The value of intensive outpatient programs has been verified through a number of industry studies, and intensive outpatient programs are proven to substantially reduce alcohol and drug use of those who attend consistently.
Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death to Americans ages 50 and under, and the trend has increased since the year 2000. The annual death rate from overdosing in 2016 was between 59,000 – 65,000 people, which surpassed the peek death rates in any year from the HIV epidemic or gun violence.
This is a disturbing but accurate look into the scale of the drug overdose epidemic in the U.S. The need for more Intensive Outpatient Programs is real, and will be real for some time.
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