It is a well-known fact that when a crisis hits, addiction numbers go up. In the U.S. — and around the world — as we quarantine ourselves and maintain a safe social distance from each other, individuals struggling with substance abuse are more likely than ever to put themselves into harm’s way or to relapse. When we don’t have adequate social contact, drug and alcohol use — and abuse — go up. Unsurprisingly, this is true of the current coronavirus pandemic as well. The anxiety, boredom, and worry that we are all experiencing in this period put everyone at risk of having their recreational substance use turn into serious substance abuse. Our uncertainty about the future contributes to the problem as well, making programs like an online IOP more important than ever.
Luckily, essential businesses like recovery centers are still operating and accepting clients. A majority of them are offering their recovery support online. At New Bridge Foundation, our online intensive outpatient program — online IOP, for short — has done more than continued to operate. We are, in fact, helping more clients than ever get the tools they need to begin — or to continue — their recovery successfully.
What Is an Online IOP?
The fact is, even in this time of crisis, not everyone has the time to commit to residential rehab programs. In reality, not everyone needs that level of care. In New Bridge Foundation’s online IOP, our clients receive the same standard of care that they would receive onsite. The difference is that in an online IOP, a client’s contact with their counselor and with other individuals in recovery will be virtual. In other words, in our online IOP, you can get the treatment you require from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Make no mistake: the highly trained, compassionate staff at New Bridge Foundation continues to offer our complete range of residential programs. For individuals on the more severe range of the addiction spectrum, medical detox and residential inpatient programs are still the best way to break the cycle of addiction and start on the road to recovery. But for individuals who can’t commit to this kind of rehab, an online IOP is often an excellent alternative. Our online IOP is particularly recommended for those clients who have spent time in an inpatient facility and who don’t require detox or those individuals whose level of use warrants an outpatient level of care.
The Benefits of an Online IOP
There are many advantages to choosing an online IOP. These include:
- The time to apply what you are learning in the real world. Because you will be participating in our online IOP remotely, you will have more hands-on time to develop life skills that can aid in your recovery. These include developing new routines, rebuilding broken relationships, and taking care of yourself physically.
- Although at the present moment you have less physical contact with other people, the increased virtual contact can be an excellent opportunity for developing your support network of friends, family, and colleagues.
- An online IOP gives you greater flexibility in terms of scheduling. This means that you can meet your school, family, and social obligations.
Online IOP isn’t the right choice for everyone, but if you have continued to struggle with substance abuse problems, now is the time to seek help. New Bridge Foundation is ready to provide that help whenever you are ready.
Contact New Bridge Foundation Today
In this time of isolation, addiction is thriving. Although it may seem that dealing with your addiction is a low priority given the current crisis, in many ways, it is more important now than ever. If you or someone you care about is battling addiction, now is the time to get help. To learn more about New Bridge Foundation’s online IOP, use our convenient online form or call us at 866.772.8491.