Today we continue our 12 part series, Reclaim
Your Life. Overcoming addiction is a tough journey and many may not have the time to
enter a full inpatient program. But, intensive outpatient services can help those seeking
a foundation for recovery and I found out when I visited Transformations Drug and Alcohol
Treatment Center in Delray Beach, Florida and met the people behind their IOP Program.
The individuals who benefit from this program come from all walks of like. Basically, they’re
individuals who’ve hit rock bottom. They’re looking for help. They want structure, accountability
and support. What makes our intensive outpatient program so unique is the holistic approach
that we take. It’s mind, body and spirit. We have different kinds of groups. We have
gender specific groups. We have small groups. We have larger groups. We have a Christian
group. We also offer psychiatric services. We offer chiropractic services. We offer the
serenity bed. We offer alumni family day. All of which help to provide a healthy foundation
for the client’s recovery. As an intensive outpatient therapist and registered
medical health counselor, Elizabeth Duprey heads the IOP Program at Transformations Drug
and Alcohol Treatment Center in Delray Beach, Florida. It’s not only a place where lives
are transformed but also where a foundation is created for living a healthy, sober lifestyle.
Elizabeth, how do you go about creating a foundation for sobriety, especially for someone
who has already gone through treatment and obviously doesn’t want to go back to a life
of addiction. What we try to do or what we strive to do
is to teach them health coping skills. A lot of the clients come in and they have little
to no coping skills. Or the way they cope is very unhealthy. What we strive to do is
we strive to find out how they cope, if it’s healthy, if it’s not healthy, what we’ll do
is we will engage the client and make sure they’re aware and try to change that. Offer
alternatives, things they can practice, things that will provide that healthy foundation
for recovery. I was homeless and I’ve been to jail 12 times.
I’ve been to multiple rehabs, multiplied detoxes and never really sufficient bottom for me.
I had detoxed myself off heroin, meth, crack and Xanax by myself. I came down here and
I called Transformations and they set me up in one of their halfway houses and they let
me come in and I started IOP and I fell in love with it. And, I put my heart and soul
into their program. Elizabeth, what’s the difference between the
outpatient program and the inpatient program offered at Transformations.
So, the inpatient program offers a higher level of care. Those individuals need more
stabilization and they probably need to be in treatment for approximately 30 days or
more depending on the client. Whereas, an outpatient basically we have individuals who
need to continue working. They have jobs where doctors, lawyers, teachers, a home, a family,
and so what we offer them is a similar level of care where they can come and they have
support. They have feedback and so hopefully they can continue to progress in their recovery
but still be able to live kind of like their daily lives.
The IOP program is designed to create a non-judgmental environment that allows each client to work
through the issues that may be keeping them from a sober lifestyle. This involves 3 different
phases of stepping down to sobriety. So, at Transformations we offer 3 phases of
care. We offer the intensive outpatient level of care, we offer outpatient phase 2 and then
we offer outpatient phase 3. The intensive level of care what we offer is group therapy
3 times a week. We also do individual check ins with the client. At phase 2 what we offer
are group therapy sessions twice a week and an option of doing individual therapy session
or a specialty group. In phase 3 we offer the client either individual therapy sessions
or that specialty group session. Normally, what happens in phase 3 is we start tapering
the client off of therapy so they’re able to use those coping skills they’ve learned
throughout the whole process. Our objective is to get them to step down those levels of
care so any time they step down a level of care, we’re basically seeing someone progress
in their recovery. That’s great because that means that more than likely they will be able
to use those coping skills and not relapse which is our main objective.
Elizabeth, how do you know that your IOP program has made a difference.
You’ll start to see a more stable, happy, adaptable person. Someone who’s able to problem
solve on their own. Someone who’s able to cope with life’s daily problems. That’s when
you start to notice that you are making a difference in someone’s life.
I have a full time job. I work 37-½ hours a week. I got a promotion. I got blessings
upon blessings have come. I went home for Christmas and I didn’t relapse and it was
awesome. This was the perfect place for me to be. It’s part of my journey. This was the
best vessel for me to reach where I am now. It’s part of the life journey that everyone
shares at Transformations. Where healing begins and a foundation of sobriety is found. We
hope you’ll join us again in our Reclaim Your Life Series as we show you how Transformations
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center has changed so many lives on their road to recover. Now
next time we’ll take a look back at our series and look ahead to what it truly means to build
a foundation for living a healthy, sober lifestyle. Remember for more information you can go to
transformationstreatment.center or go to our website, the balancingact.com.