Frequently Asked Questions

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How should people with substance-related disorders be treated?

Treatment for people with a substance use disorder should include a base of evidence-based treatments that help patients in learning the roots of their addiction/dependence, how to cope in a healthier way, how to prevent relapse, and how to create a plan for after treatment ends (an aftercare plan), as well as the diagnosis/treatment of co-occurring mental health disorder(s).
Evidence-based treatments, in either an inpatient or outpatient setting, should include behavioral counseling, one-on-one therapy, group therapy, educational/life skills classes, activity-based therapy (i.e., yoga, meditation), and more.

What is the most effective intervention for substance misuse?

Many studies and years of research have found that cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is the most effective form of treatment for substance use disorder or substance misuse.
According to an article in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, “Cognitive behavioral interventions, also called CBT, comprise an array of approaches based on the learning principles and theorize that behavior is influenced by cognitive [thinking and reasoning] processes. Standard CBT is a time-limited, structured psychological intervention, derived from a cognitive model of drug misuse. There is an emphasis on identifying and modifying irrational thoughts, managing negative mood, and intervening after a lapse to prevent a full-blown relapse.”
“Typical cognitive strategies employed are recognizing and challenging dysfunctional thoughts about substances and recognizing seemingly irrelevant decisions that lead to a relapse. Typical behavioral strategies employed are coping with cravings for substances, cue exposure, promotion of non-drug-related activities, relaxation training, preparing for emergencies, and coping with relapses. Other elements of CBT include social skills training (effective communication, refusal skills) and problem-solving skills.”

What are some solutions for addiction?

The number one solution for overcoming addiction is seeking out the help of professionals that will help you uncover reasons for the addiction and find better ways to cope.
Medical staff at a treatment facility will assist you with counseling, group therapy, mindfulness, meditation, activity-based treatments, healthy eating, exercise, and overall surround you with positive affirmation and vibes during the period of change. These things all provide the best possible solution for overcoming addiction.

What is an IOP in mental healthcare?

Intensive outpatient treatment can give you the flexibility you need in your daily life, all while having the opportunity to receive quality care.

What does intensive outpatient treatment consist of?

Here at Continuum Outpatient Center, we provide intensive outpatient treatment that allows patients to commute back and forth between their home and our facility. Treatment is three days a week and lasts around three hours. We also offer telehealth appointments. Each week, we will focus on one of the following topics:
  • The Four Agreements
  • Brain Works
  • Human relationships
  • Trauma and growth
  • Dialectical behavior
  • Therapy basics
  • Emotional IQ
  • Mindfulness
  • Life skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Boundaries and balance
  • Self-care
  • Family roles
IOP, which stands for intensive outpatient program, refers to care that does not require a residential stay at a treatment facility. IOP also allows patients to maintain their work and family life, all while receiving the care they need. Typically, patients will go about their normal day but will commute to a facility three times a week for care.

What do you do at an IOP?

Every IOP is different, but here at Continuum Outpatient Center, we focus on individualized care. We understand each patient is unique, so they need treatment that is tailored to their unique needs. Our evidence-based treatments have a holistic, strength-based approach to helping patients overcome a mental health disorder, substance use disorder, or both. This includes using cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, trauma therapy, and relapse prevention.

What is universal treatment?

Universal treatment or universal treatment curriculum is a training curriculum to enhance the knowledge and skill development of addiction treatment professionals.

What is UTC training?

UTC training stands for universal treatment curriculum training. It refers to training for addiction treatment professionals on a widely accepted set of skills and knowledge intended to help people recovering from substance use disorders. The aim of the training series is to reduce the significant health, social, and economic problems associated with substance use disorders by building international treatment capacity through training, and expanding the professional global treatment workforce.

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