Our Outpatient Program

Recovering from addiction and alcoholism doesn’t have to mean putting your life on pause. Inpatient treatment may not be the best or most available option for everyone. For those needing a more flexible level of care, we recommend you consider our “outpatient” services. In addition to our IOP located in Westlake Village, we have launched a “Virtual” Outpatient Program offering treatment FROM HOME OR WORK, day and evening programs available to anyone with a Computer or Smart Phone in the State of California. Contact us for more information.

“You don’t have to stop your life in order to save it.”

What is IOP?

An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a level of care that allows for more freedom than residential treatment options with many of the same clinical, as well as holistic, therapies. IOP is an opportunity to receive care while still engaging in life outside of treatment, which is ideal for individuals who need to maintain the job, academic, or family responsibilities. Generally, IOP is 3 hours daily of participation (depending on individual needs), leaving more than enough time for a client to take care of any outside commitments they may have. IOP programs are a way for a client to receive the necessary therapeutic care required to successfully recover from addiction and alcoholism. IOP may be used as primary treatment or continuing care after residential treatment. Treatment involves counseling, various forms of therapy, and other therapeutic interventions as well as educational classes designed to aid in a client’s recovery. The less intensive approach to treatment provided by the IOP program empowers an individual to develop all the necessary skills needed for maintaining sobriety.

Recovery Advocates Treatment Modalities

DBT
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, is an evidence-based psychotherapy designed to help people suffering from borderline personality disorder. It has also been used to treat mood disorders as well as those who need to change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. This approach works towards helping people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states and helping to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help avoid undesired reactions. DBT assumes that people are doing their best but lack the skills needed to succeed, or are influenced by positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement that interferes with their ability to function appropriately.
CBT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a psycho-social intervention that is the most widely used evidence-based practice for improving mental health. Guided by empirical research, CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in cognitions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes), behaviors, and emotional regulation. It was originally designed to treat depression, and is now used for a number of mental health conditions, for example anxiety.
Motivational Interviewing
Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.
Art Therapy
Art therapy is founded on the belief that self-expression through artistic creation has therapeutic value for those who are healing or seeking deeper understanding of themselves and their personalities.
Anger Management
Anger is a normal, healthy emotion. But it’s unhealthy when it flares up all the time or spirals out of control. Chronic, explosive anger has serious consequences for your relationships, your health, and your state of mind. The good news is that getting anger under control is easier than you think. With insight about the real reasons for your anger and these anger management tools, you can learn to keep your temper from hijacking your life.
Life Skills
Life Skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable humans to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life. This concept is also termed as psychosocial competency. The subject varies greatly depending on social norms and community expectations but skills that functions for well-being and aid individuals to develop into active and productive members of their communities are considered as life skills.
Aftercare Planning
Recovery does not end when you leave our care. Sobriety and mental health are a lifelong process and journey. It does not have to be a struggle. We help our clients set up a realistic and achievable plan for when they leave treatment. This plan is custom tailored to every individual and often includes participating in 12 step groups, and our alumni program.
EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
Communication
Communication issues may potentially develop in any circumstance or social relationship, especially when there is alcohol or substance abuse. It can be easy for individuals to misunderstand or misinterpret others, and these misunderstandings may lead to arguments or tension in personal, platonic, or professional relationships. In some instances, conflicts may arise, and these conflicts can make communication even more challenging.
Grief and Loss
One of the many challenges associated with grieving the loss of a loved one, whether to death or the dissolution of a relationship, is adjusting to the new reality of living in the absence of the loved one. This often requires developing a new routine, envisioning a new future, and even adopting a new sense of identity.