United Counseling Service continued its dedication to provide outstanding substance abuse services for addicted individuals with the announcement of a new Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Bennington. The program details were announced by UCS Director of Substance Abuse Services Peg Gregory and Manager of Substance Abuse Services Paul DiIonno during a community presentation at UCS on Wednesday, January 21st.
The IOP will begin on Tuesday, January 27th and includes three hours of group therapy, three days a week, for a period of six weeks. An IOP is level 2.1 on the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) continuum of care, and is a more intensive level of outpatient care that includes a family component, co-occurring focus, and is psychoeducational. The ASAM continuum of care includes the following ranges:
Level 0.5: Early Intervention
Level 1.0: Outpatient Services
Level 2.1-2.5: Intensive Outpatient/ Partial Hospitalization Services
Level 3.1, 3.3, 3.5, and 3.7: Clinically-Managed Low Intensity Residential/Medically Monitored Intensive Inpatient
Level 4: Medically Managed Intensive Inpatient Services
OTS: Opioid Treatment Services
“The new IOP meets a significant need for people in the community who are transitioning into or out of a residential care facility. We recognize that while community-based outpatient services are sufficient for many individuals, there is an increased demand for higher-intensity treatment for many working through addiction,” said Paul DiIonno, who will be administering the program.
The presentation included information on why someone might need an IOP, including those who are coming out of residential treatment. Sometimes people meet some of the ASAM criteria for low-intensity residential care, but a safe recovery environment, combined with OBOT, can reduce the risk enough to allow for intensive outpatient services in their community. IOP can also be an option when obstacles, such as transportation, geographic challenges, and readiness, prevent or slow down the access to a 24-hour clinically-managed low intensity residential treatment.
“Our IOP goals are to engage clients in their therapy, to elicit and clarify pro-health values and goals, to enhance motivation toward value-based lifestyle change, and to address the multiple factors that may assist a person in achieving and maintaining sobriety,” said DiIonno.