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Outpatient programs and Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) help clients achieve sustainable recovery and rebuild their lives post-treatment. This may include getting back into hobbies, discovering new passions, or reconnecting with friends and family from your past. Yet, the process of rebuilding your life post-treatment comes with many challenges and may even feel discouraging at times. Thankfully, outpatient programs can equip you with the skills, knowledge, and foundation to face these challenges head-on without relapsing.

If sustainable recovery is your long-term addiction treatment goal, you’ve come to the right place. West Coast Recovery Centers is founded on a vision that sustainable recovery is possible through individualized and self-determined recovery paths. It’s our mission to inspire and empower clients to create healthy changes they can maintain throughout recovery. Contact West Coast Recovery if you’ve recently left an inpatient facility and are looking for an outpatient program to help assist your recovery today.

What Do You Consider Sustainable Recovery?

Recovery is refraining from substance use and addictive behaviors and successfully managing your addiction long-term. It’s a time when individuals rebuild and regain control of their lives. Additionally, recovery also looks different for everyone and is a journey, not a destination. Sustainable recovery is a lifelong commitment to staying sober, and its key elements are personal motivation, your support system, and a treatment program.

Before achieving sustainable recovery, you must know what you want your life to look like post-treatment. Consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • What are your short-term recovery goals?
  • Are you planning to move upon leaving treatment?
  • Do you want to return to school?
  • Is the next stop trying to obtain a new job and make a career change?
  • Are you primarily focused on reconnecting with friends, family, partners, and children once sober?

Answering these questions can help you determine your goals and priorities for recovery. The more realistic your recovery plan is, the more sustainable it’ll be. Especially in early recovery, you must set achievable goals while abstaining from all substances and behaviors that can alter your mind and body.

Still, you may be asking yourself, how do you achieve sustainable recovery? What steps can you take to ensure you’re recovery has a strong foundation? Moreover, what roles do outpatient programs play?

How Can You Achieve Sustainable Recovery?

Although each person’s recovery journey is different, there are specific steps you can take to achieve sustainable recovery. Some of those steps include:

  • Seeking professional help when necessary
  • Listening to therapists and addiction treatment professionals
  • Prioritizing your recovery by going to support group meetings
  • Creating a healthier lifestyle by healing your mind, body, and spirit
  • Finding hobbies and creative outlets to distract you from triggers
  • Getting involved with your recovery community and providing support to people new to sobriety

Of course, many of these steps occur upon leaving treatment. Many individuals sometimes require a more intense treatment program, causing them to enter a residential rehabilitation facility. After that, however, some will still opt to enter into another program that prepares them for life outside of that treatment program. That’s where an IOP program can help.

What to Expect From Outpatient Programs

Outpatient programs, like IOPs, have a lot of moving parts. Clients go through group and individual therapy sessions that teach healthy coping skills and educate them on addiction and relapse prevention. Additionally, clients have the opportunity to work with clinical and medical professionals, therapists and counselors, and other support staff members. During treatment, clients learn more about themselves and their addiction and how to manage negative thoughts or feelings and develop relationships.

Many outpatient programs also utilize case management to ensure clients have support when transitioning out of treatment. Case managers have access to resources and can teach valuable life skills that prepare clients when leaving the facility or program.

For example, you’ll meet with case management on a weekly basis at West Coast Recovery. During these sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to learn new skills and access a number of beneficial resources.

Other benefits that you may experience in an outpatient program include:

  • Flexible schedule allowing you to maintain day-to-day responsibilities
  • Group support from peers and professionals
  • Comprehensive and individualized care plans that address your specific needs
  • Opportunities to learn new life and coping skills
  • A more affordable way to seek help for your addiction

Achieving Sustainable Recovery Through Outpatient Programs at West Coast

West Coast Recovery Centers understands the challenges you’ll face throughout recovery. Our outpatient program is designed to help you manage those challenges, support your individual needs, and maintain sustainable recovery long-term. We incorporate evidence-based modalities, holistic therapies, and ongoing aftercare support to continue helping you as you get your footing in early sobriety.

Sustainable recovery is possible, and our outpatient program is designed to help you achieve it; however, you must take the first step. Decide today is the day you make a change and consider West Coast Recovery to assist you in your journey to lasting sobriety.

Achieving sustainable recovery means making a lifelong commitment to staying sober. While possible, you’ll sometimes experience days when keeping this commitment feels like a challenge, especially if you lack proper coping skills. That’s why you should consider an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Outpatient programs are designed to help you achieve a sustainable recovery on your schedule. Through these programs, you can learn new life and coping skills, gain access to resources, and build a support network of peers to aid in your sobriety. If you want to change your life and get sober, consider our outpatient program at West Coast Recovery Centers. Call (760) 492-6509 to learn more and start your journey today!