Patients who attend Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) group sessions will attend either morning, afternoon or evening groups. The groups are four three-hour sessions each week. IOP sessions focus on, but are not limited to, developing healthy coping skills, anger management, relapse prevention education, identification of defense mechanisms and core beliefs, identifying and coping with triggers, and the development of motivation, social and cognitive skills to develop a sober support system.
As patients progress through treatment, services are focused on continued engagement and assessment of the stages of change. Evidence-based practices include patient-centered, cognitive behavioral, motivational and problem solving strategies. Self-directed treatment plan goals, focused on the individual’s specific areas of need, are developed for each patient. Individualized treatment planning that targets specific needs such as food, clothing, housing, transportation, medical care, mental health care, employment, and education, incentivizes patients to remain in needed treatment, assists in retaining patients in treatment, thereby reducing substance use and increasing their chances of continuing their recovery. The therapeutic environment assist patients with how they relate to their surroundings, improving their recovery skills, relapse prevention skills, and emotional coping skills, thereby increasing the patients’ self-worth.
Patients have the opportunity to develop and practice their interpersonal skills, strengthen their recovery skills, reintegrate into the community and family and begin or resume employment or academic pursuits. Patients who stabilize and meet criteria for stepped down services can be placed in outpatient services and recovery or transitional housing services. Wells House strives to ensure continuity of step down services for all patients served.
“After completing an inpatient program, I was referred to the Wells House to continue my recovery. Before coming here, I wasn’t sure that I would be able to stop using drugs and alcohol and stay stopped. I have tried before with no success. I arrived here on October 7th, 2016 and with help from the Wells House I haven’t found a reason to go back to using. The Wells House afforded me the opportunity to take a look at my life. It has given me the knowledge and the skills to make better decisions and how to work on every area of my life one thing at a time. Recovery is a process. It takes work and it takes time. This place provides a comfortable environment to talk about and work on any issues that I have or have had in the past. The counselors here have been really helpful to me and my situation. I had to put a lot of effort in myself, but they really worked hard to help me with anything I needed. The counselors are extremely knowledgeable about addiction and the process of recovery. I was educated about all aspects of addiction and how it applied to my life while attending IOP (Intensive Outpatient) classes. IOP is really the core of the process of recovery here at the Wells House. That is where I developed peer support and a network of people to go to 12-step meetings with. The Wells House is a structured program that offers a lot of support in different areas. They taught me to take it one day at a time. Going through the program has helped me build up my self-confidence and self-esteem. My relationship with my family is getting better all the time. My attitude has gone from being completely negative to thinking positive. The Wells House has taught me to make goals and how to complete the steps to accomplish those goals. I want to thank the Wells House for my experience here so far and to all the people that have helped me along the way.”
– Justin B.