Florida residents that have a drug or alcohol addiction or any degree of substance abuse problem have several different types of outpatient treatment available to them. Nearly 82% of the treatment programs in Florida provide outpatient treatment, with most of these programs providing regular or intensive outpatient services. There are however over 100 outpatient programs in Florida which provide day-treatment and partial hospitalization. While these programs provide the majority of outpatient services in Florida, there are a small number of facilities which provide outpatient detoxification services only, and there are programs which administer methadone or buprenorphine to opiate dependent clients in an effort to help ease their cravings and to stop opiate withdrawal. This isn't the right answer for everyone and which program someone chooses is their personal choice, but it should be known that most individuals who begin a daily maintenance program with drugs such as methadone or buprenorphine will be on them for the rest of their lives unless they seek other treatment.
In Florida, the most popular outpatient services that clients utilize are regular outpatient and intensive outpatient services which vary in intensity but vary very little in treatment curriculum in most cases. Individuals who need a more structured environment and can benefit from the more robust system of support that IOP's offer may find this option more ideal. This can be particularly true for someone who has struggled with chronic long-term substance abuse, and who may still be experiencing cravings making them vulnerable to relapse. IOP's may also offer treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders, as do day-treatment and partial hospitalization outpatient facilities for the most part. So while clients are treating their addiction, they can also treat a co-occurring disorder which may be prompting their addiction or perhaps putting them at risk of relapse if left untreated.
Choosing the correct treatment program for yourself or a family member can be one of the the most important decisions you ever make. With so many choices for treatment, and so many variables to consider, getting help from a knowledgeable addiction specialist who understands what types of treatment will work best is invaluable.
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