What is Different About the Programs of Life Management?
Since 1999, Life Management Resources has helped over 22,000 patients find their way to recovery and a better life. This can be attributed to our program which is unique in two very distinct ways:
- The relationship that each counselor builds with their patient. You are not a “number” to us, you are a wonderful human being who has experienced great difficulty somewhere in your life and that experience has led you to use substances to cope with the pain and misery you are experiencing. We call this trauma. Trauma is an emotional response to a tragic, disconcerting, or harmful event we have experienced.
- We call this process, getting to the “root” of the problem. We don’t put band-aids on major problems, we don’t treat everyone like it was a cattle call. You are our focus and our only goal is helping you understand the events that have affected you and find ways to resolve those traumas.
What is an IOP?
With the Pandemic making changes in all our lives, an Online Outpatient Program has become an essential and effective program for those seeking help for addiction, yet do not want to go to a residential facility. An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is an addiction treatment program that is designed for patients who are seeking help for the first time or those who have completed a residential treatment program and are ready to step down to a lower level of care. The importance of IOP is that it is the first time a patient will have the opportunity to evaluate their skills in the world in which they live. The program meets for ten hours per week, but a patient can get help outside of the program hours if needed.
IOP patients can participate in our programs from anywhere using their desktop, laptop, tablet, or telephone. Individual sessions are secure and you will be comfortable talking to your counselor from the place where you are the safest – your home.
The main goals of IOP are to:
- Help patients learn how to mitigate risk for relapse and effectively manage a reoccurrence of symptoms
- Develop strategies to cope with cravings, triggers, and high-risk situations
- Establish a strong sober support system
- Address issues related to social, psychological, and emotional well-being
- Promote family healing and growth
How Does an IOP Work?
The unique IOP of Life Management is divided into two components:
Group Therapy meets for 3 hours three times per week, either morning or evening hours. In the words of the “Father” of group therapy, Irving Yalom, there are two components that make it a successful form of therapy:
- Universality – everyone in the group is there because they are affected by the same disease, struggle through similar difficulties, and are looking for ways to make improvements in their life.
- The Instillation of Hope – which is to say, all in the group are “hopeful” that wonderful changes are happening in their life. When a member hears another talk about the improvement in their life, the changes they are making, and the lessening of the fears they have carried during their life, it gives hope to newer members that their life will change also.
In Group Therapy, the topics covered are:
- Relapse prevention tools
- Life Skills
- Relationship Skills
In addition to Group therapy, each patient meets with their individual counselor to develop a treatment plan and to begin a course of investigation with the patient of the traumas they have experienced in their life that has contributed to their dependency on substances.