Intensive Outpatient

Intensive Outpatient services offered in Sharpstown, Houston and Temple, TX

Overcoming a substance use disorder or addiction can feel impossible without expert help and support. Katrina Gary-Forté, PhD, at Trade It In in Houston, Texas, specializes in substance use disorders and offers intensive outpatient programs that significantly increase your chances of success. Dr. Gary-Forté uses her expertise to ease the severity of withdrawal and reduce cravings while ensuring every patient receives the compassionate care they need. To benefit from a personalized intensive outpatient program, call Trade It In today or book an appointment online.

What is an intensive outpatient program?

Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are an alternative to residential settings for patients with substance use disorders. For an IOP, you live at home and continue with your day-to-day life. Trade It In also offers intensive outpatient programs to patients who are adjusting to life after completing an inpatient program.

An intensive outpatient program gives you expert assistance with issues like developing coping strategies and support mechanisms and helping you avoid relapses.

Is an intensive outpatient program a good choice for me?

Intensive outpatient care is an excellent choice for many people. Residential care provides a focused form of rehabilitation. It also has the advantage of separating you from the places and people where you get your substance of choice.

However, many patients have commitments at work and home that they must maintain or find the idea of residential care challenging. Trade It In’s intensive outpatient programs provide the treatment you need while enabling you to continue your everyday life.

When is intensive outpatient care unsuitable?

Intensive outpatient programs may not suit people suffering from severe addictions. The 24-hour supervision and concentrated treatment residential programs provide might be more appropriate.

It’s also vital for you to be in a safe environment during an intensive outpatient program. If people around you are abusing drugs or alcohol, or you don’t have the proper support from family and friends, it can make the process far more difficult. In these cases, residential care could be a better option.

What does intensive outpatient care involve?

Before the intensive outpatient program begins, Dr. Gary-Forté completes a comprehensive medical exam, lab work, and alcohol and drug testing. She also discusses your situation and the problems you face. This information enables her to design a personalized treatment plan.

SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) advises that intensive outpatient programs should consist of at least nine hours of participation every week. Trade It In’s patients typically attend three or four three-hour visits weekly.

Intensive outpatient programs use medication-assisted treatment (MAT), combining therapy with medication that reduces the effects of drug withdrawal. Treatment often includes both individual and group therapy sessions. You could also benefit from attending support groups like Narcotics Anonymous.

To learn more about Trade It In’s intensive outpatient program and how it can help with your addiction, call the office today or request a consultation online.