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Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) for Addiction in Washington State

Free by the Sea provides outpatient treatment through partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) for individuals working toward recovery from alcohol addiction and drug rehabilitation. Our outpatient treatment for addiction is designed to provide a safe, structured living facility while providing an opportunity for clients to begin integrating back into their lives outside of treatment.

Outpatient facilities focus on treatment outside of a center when it comes to fighting addiction and is also gives more flexibility towards the patient’s schedule. Many individuals are finding that they can re-enter sobriety in their own time while surrounded by a support system in the comfort of their own home. The recovering addict is given informational tools and placed within a community that surrounds them with constant reassurance that they will overcome their addiction while also allowing them to live their daily lives like they are still on a normal schedule.

The Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment

Inpatient facilities are those you normally think of when rehab comes to mind. Our inpatient facilities here at Free by the Sea help those dealing with severe substance abuse in Washington overcome their addictions. These are monitored by our staff 24 hours a day because the patients that are admitted into inpatient treatment have a high risk of overdosing. 

As opposed to inpatient, outpatient treatment allows you to live a more “normal” lifestyle while attending your therapy sessions. You will still be able to work or attend school and base your treatments around your day-to-day schedule. Outpatient treatment allows patients to move at their own pace when it comes to the intensity of their rehab programs. 

A huge difference between inpatient and outpatient treatment is also the cost. Because you are being housed within our facilities, inpatient treatment at Free by the Sea can cost a lot more out of your own pocket. If you are facing a mild addiction and have been cleared by our specialists, outpatient treatment is a great alternative to staying within our facilities.

What to Expect When You Arrive

New clients will first meet with our intake and admissions specialist to ensure they feel safe and comfortable in their new surroundings. Clients will also undergo a thorough assessment with a certified chemical dependency counselor. The assessment provides the insight required to develop a unique and effective treatment program tailored to the client’s individual needs. It covers client background and personal history, addictions and patterns of use, and family or other issues pertinent to the client.  

Many of our clients will transition to our outpatient levels following completion of Free by the Sea’s residential program, although there are some cases where a client may begin their treatment at an outpatient level if deemed appropriate by clinical staff. If this is the case, we will introduce potential patients to their program supervisors and therapists and inform them of how long possible treatments can last and the steps that will be taken to recover.

While You Are Here

Outpatient treatment includes group therapy, one-on-one counseling, 12-step meetings, and educational group sessions. During group therapy and one-on-one counseling, we will cover topics such as the following:

  • Addiction Education
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Mindfulness Practice
  • Trauma
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Living in Balance
  • Life Skills
  • Shame and Resilience
  • Spirituality
  • Stages of Change

In addition to educational groups, we offer process group therapy where clients will have an opportunity to increase insight into the addiction and recovery process along with developing interpersonal skills and connection to others in recovery. Additionally, clients are required to attend self-help support groups and have the opportunity to come and go off the campus to enjoy the beach, seek employment and housing opportunities, and to begin integrating back into activities of daily living with the support and accountability of Free by the Sea’s staff.

Types of Therapies Offered in IOP

We offer many therapies here at Free by the Sea because we understand that not everyone’s journey to recovery will look the same. Some of the ones you may be enrolled in if you choose our outpatient treatment can include but are not limited to:

  • Individual Therapy: this is the one-on-one counseling you will receive from our trained therapists at Free by the Sea. By getting to the core of what has caused your addiction, it will be easier for us to determine what the next steps are in helping you overcome it.
  • Family Therapy: our family therapy sessions will include rebuilding your relationships with loved ones that you may have lost while you were going through your substance abuse disorder. This can bring more insight into any history of addiction within your family, and it will also help your family members understand what you were going through while under the influence of your addiction.
  • Recreational Therapy: we use recreational therapy at Free by the Sea to enhance your mood through endorphins, or the chemicals that are released in your brain when you exert energy. Our campus has 5 acres of beachfront property that you may enjoy through this type of therapy, as well as volleyball courts, a gym, and basketball areas. We believe that being active and forming healthy habits will allow you to find other outlets away from your drug and alcohol use.
  • 12-step Programs: our 12-step programs allow you to dive into your spirituality. Not everyone sees the world in the same light, but it is important to believe in the higher power of something. We encourage you to explore what that “something” means to you.

Is Intensive Outpatient Treatment the Right Fit?

There are many instances when outpatient treatment is a better option when wanting to receive help for an addiction disorder. It is perfect for those who need to continue to provide for their families by working or those who are in school and trying to finish out their degrees. Outpatient treatment is also a great starting point for those who are unsure of what to expect in addiction treatment. By allowing patients to maintain a somewhat flexible schedule, we understand that it is allowing them a better chance for treatment completion. 

Outpatient treatment may be the right fit for you if you are experiencing a mild form of addiction, or you have just graduated from one of our residential inpatient programs. Once a psychological evaluation is done by one of our specialists, we will be able to determine whether or not outpatient could be a helpful treatment option for you. 

Although it is very beneficial for some individuals, there are a lot of instances when inpatient rehab is a better fit for someone looking to be treated for their addiction. If an individual has a history of relapsing easily after completing time in rehab, inpatient rehab is probably a better choice. 

Treatment in residential facilities is intensive enough for these individuals because they require constant supervision and structure. This makes it harder to fall back into old patterns. It is also a great option for people who face constant temptation in their day to day lives like. For instance, if they live with roommates or family members who also abuse the substance.

Make the Most of Your Time in Rehab

Once admitted into one of our outpatient programs, it is important to use your time within our facilities and with our staff wisely. We understand that a lot of your attention has been focused on your addiction for a very long time, and it has hindered your everyday life to the point of needing professional help. 

When the initial shock of beginning the recovery process is over, you will begin to enjoy life again as you knew it before your addiction happened. Take the time in your therapy sessions to really understand why this happened and how you can prevent it from happening again. Try to make relationships with those around you in your group sessions too. Having a support system with loved ones, as well as with those who have has similar experiences with addiction, will only strengthen your will to stay sober after you complete treatment. Sobriety is a choice you have to make every day, and it’s important to have people who understand what you’re going through to lean on.

How Free by the Sea Can Help

It is important to remember that if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, the first step is always recognizing the problem at hand. Once the substance abuse has been acknowledged, you’re probably wondering where to go from there. That’s where our staff at Free by the Sea comes in. We have professionals who are highly trained in helping you choose what types of treatments are right for you or your loved one.

With almost 30 years of experience, we are able to evaluate the severity of the addiction in Washington at hand and provide a productive and effective plan to begin treatment. Our staff is here to answer questions around the clock, so please do not hesitate to contact us today. We will do everything in our power to assist you with any concerns you may have and start the road to recovery as soon as possible. 

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