The intensive outpatient rehabilitation program is a treatment program for persons with substance abuse dependence ranging from level I to level II as per the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria. The program also accommodates individuals who have been recently discharged from psychiatric ward and residential rehabilitation who still require support. The program adopts the twelve steps program in treating addiction. Intensive outpatient program operates on a small scale compared to the services offered in more comprehensive facilities such as residential rehabilitation program. The program allow individuals to participate in their day to day lives such as work or school in ways that residential treatments do not while undergoing through the treatment program. Research shows that intensive outpatient rehabilitation can be more effective than individual therapy for chemical dependency.
The program will follow the core functions and global criteria for addiction management. This entails, screening, Intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referral (where need be), reports and record keeping, and consulting other professionals in regard to client treatment.
The program is organized into 14 residential workshops running over a period of thirteen weeks. Each workshop starts on Friday evening at 4.00 pm through to Sunday afternoon at 2.00 pm. All participants report at a designated venue offered by St. Martin CSA whereby they are taken through the recovery steps.
The workshop is organized into three major sections as follows;
- Orientation – The first week focuses on boarding the participants into the programme, this shall include but not limited providing information about the program, the goals, rules and regulations of the program, the expectations from each participant.
- Step work – The second to the thirteenth week are dedicated to the twelve steps of recovery.
- Relapse prevention – The last week focuses on relapse prevention where clients are taken through strategies to assist them to resist relapse.
Before inclusion into the program, each client is adequately prepared taking into consideration the working practices of St. Martin CSA and internationally acceptable standards in addiction work.
- Screening – The participants are screened using CAGE screening tool and at least one other tool as deemed appropriate by the addiction counselor.
- Assessment – The participants are assessed using the John Hopkins Assessment tool
- Placement – The participants are placed using the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria. The placement must be within the range of Level 1 to Level 2.
- Intake – The participants are given comprehensive information about the program before they are requested to give written consent to participate in the programme
As St. Martin CSA, we are convinced that the IOP is a cost friendly and effective substance abuse treatment program for low cost settings. This will get far into addressing some of the gaps encountered in the residential Rehabilitation.