Iowa residents have over 100 outpatient treatment programs to choose if they are struggling with addiction or a drug or alcohol problem. Over 87% of the outpatient programs in the state deliver regular outpatient services which means treatment 1 day per week, although some of the same programs also deliver intensive outpatient treatment and there are programs with deliver IO specifically. IOP's are more involved, delivering outpatient treatment to clients in Iowa at least 3 days per week anywhere from 9-12 hours per day. There are 18 programs which deliver day-treatment and partial hospitalization, which means the individuals attends treatment in a clinic or hospital facility but they are not required to remain there like in an inpatient treatment setting. Such treatment settings are sometimes beneficial in the treatment of a co-occurring mental health disorder for example for someone who is unable to commit to an inpatient stay. There are also 5 facilities in Iowa which offer outpatient detoxification services, and 4 which administer outpatient opiate maintenance services to opiate dependent clients. These programs aren't prepared to actually treat the addiction beyond addressing surface physical manifestations of opiate dependence however, so anyone exploring such an option should keep this in mind.
In Iowa, there are really no differences between regular outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment other than the fact that some clients will benefit more from an IOP particularly when they have struggled with long-term addiction. Some IOP's may help client's address underlying mental health issues, and this is also possible in day treatment settings as well, so these options best serve clients who have needs beyond which a minimalistic regular outpatient treatment program is prepared to address. Most outpatient programs operate off the traditional 12-step model, although there are some alternative outpatient programs as well including those which offer a holistic approach.
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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