Outpatient care is a structured and therapeutic program that actively assesses and addresses individual needs regarding mental illness and/or mental health disorders while also allowing for client freedom to continue living their lives outside of therapy. Meetings can typically be scheduled or have set schedules that fit in with standard school and work hours to ensure that our clients can still perform well at their job or in school and still receive the best outpatient treatment.

Outpatient psychiatry and mental health services provide an opportunity for people who are recovering from mental illness to continue their recovery. Freedom Now offers individual and group therapy for men and women with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other mental health issues.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

There are many options available for intensive outpatient programs that address mental health issues for adults, and those struggling with specific mental health needs. IOPs typically are more consistent than standard weekly counseling. Generally, they meet around 3-5 times a week for 3 to 4 hours each session.  Freedom Now is customized to your specific needs, your session times and frequency may vary.

Freedom Now’s outpatient psychiatric services address issues concerning, but aren’t limited to:

    • OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorders)
    • Anxiety (Generalized anxiety, Panic Disorders)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • PTSD
  • Substance Use Disorder (opiates, benzodiazepines, alcohol, and other substances)

We at Freedom Now desire for you to have the ample information provided for practical and efficient care for any psychiatric or physical care necessary for your recovery. Our MAT programs provide counseling and group therapy while also addressing any underlying substance abuse struggles you may be facing. Our board-certified addiction therapist is trained and educated to aid in providing the best insight and guidance in choosing the best program that suits your needs and fits with your schedule.

The Goals of Mental Health IOPs

The goals of each IOP will vary depending upon the issue the program is designed to treat. For example, people with substance abuse disorders will learn tools to help them maintain sobriety and identify possible triggers for relapse. While those dealing with more difficult and complicated mental illnesses will have to transverse potentially painful traumatic experiences during their treatment in order to receive the support and care they need to reach a place where healthy coping and recognition can be possible.  Universal components of intensive outpatient programs include:

  • Teaching participants coping skills
  • Improving problem-solving skills
  • Developing enhanced self-awareness
  • Recognizing unhealthy behaviors
  • Practicing asking for and receiving support

Behavioral health and practical mental practices for sustained health and wellness are some of the basic goals of mental health services. Psychiatric care is primary while other underlying issues are treated secondarily, but in unison.

Mental Health & Underlying Substance Use

Quite often, more so than not, substance abuse accompanies mental health disorders. Rehab for mental health disorders accompanying substance abuse disorders is rather intensive but gets at the heart of individual struggles and specific needs of each client. A strong co-occurring disorder program seeks to provide services for both mental illness and the substance abuse.

One of the primary issues with mental illness and underlying substance abuse is the process of self-medication. In this case, which should be treated first? If the drug or substance is eliminated, will that fix the overarching mental health issue at hand?

The problem with this is that using substances to medicate does not fix the problem and it may even hinder healing. This is because turning to drugs or alcohol interferes with the person’s coping skills. If the person is taking medication for their mental health issue then alcohol can also disrupt how the medicine is working.

Freedom Now believes that these issues must be treated together. Some of the issues in the past with treating them separately are like this: Let’s say that a person comes to the conclusion that they must address their mental health issues and become enrolled in a program designed strictly to treat the specific mental health issue at hand. In this case, the underlying drug addiction is either going unnoticed or uncommunicated and can still have a detrimental effect on the individual’s recovery.

The point is, treating one disorder doesn’t make the other go away. For a full spectrum plan, both substance abuse disorders and psychological disorders need to be addressed at the same time. The treatment has to happen simultaneously, which is where co-occurring treatment comes in.

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment

Freedom Now’s co-occurring disorder treatment typically takes place in our Suboxone clinical treatment program. Suboxone treatment is a medication-assisted psychiatric and physiological care service (MAT) that addresses both mental and behavioral health. Medication-Assisted Treatment uses Suboxone (a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone) alongside behavioral therapy and counseling. We understand that every person comes from a different background and has their own history with mental illness and substance abuse. MAT specializes in developing a unique treatment plan that aids each patient in their recovery while being mindful of work priorities, schooling, and time with family.

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