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IOP - Intensive Outpatient Program

IOP is recommended for those who do not need medically supervised detoxification. This program will let you continue to grow and live in your own community, while also giving you the support needed to heal. In intensive outpatient programs you can maintain your job while attending. There is usually group therapy involved, as well as 1 on 1 meetings with a therapist.

What is Rehab Like?

August 30th, 2018

One of the most common questions asked when first considering treatment is: What is rehab like? Although it may seem like a simple question, there are many different types of rehabilitation centers and it's important to find the one that best fits with your goals and objectives. Facilities are grouped into the following levels of care: Detoxification, Residential/Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization (PHP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Outpatient and Sober Living. In the following article we will review each level of care and some basic expectations for each level. In addition, we will discuss specific situations I have encountered, as well as what category Hower Lodge falls under.







What is Rehab Like?
What is Rehab Like?

PHP - Partial Hospitalization Program

 In the case of PHP, these programs are usually short term and a little less    intense than inpatient hospitalization while being a little more rigorous than outpatient care. In this level of care, the patient continues to live at home, but comes to the facility during the day to receive treatment. The patient will usually come to the facility anywhere from 5-7 days per week depending on the person. PHP will also include group work, therapy, life skills and vocational counseling. The goal here is to help you reach your goals while still being able to live at home (or in a sober living facility as the case may be).


Residential/Inpatient treatment is designed to educate the patient while   keeping them in a safe environment for 30-45 days. During this time, cell   phones are put away and outside contact is kept to a minimum to create an environment conducive to healing. Education takes place daily through counseling, meditations and group work. In addition, clients will have access to a therapist with weekly sessions. Depending on the facility, there are also fun activities to promote new healthy habits such as arts/crafts, exercise, horseback riding, hiking etc.



Detoxification focuses on medically detoxing the patient until they are free of the chemical addiction associated with their substance of choice. This is including 24-hour monitoring for withdrawal symptoms with 30-minute check-ins for safety. Physical manifestation of substance addiction is like an allergy in your body. Detoxification takes place with the goal of removing the allergy from your body so that you can move on to the mental and spiritual healing portion of the process.


Outpatient treatment falls under the same umbrella as IOP except a little less intense. While IOP is usually 3-5 days per week, outpatient programs are usually 1-2 days per week. This option is important for people who do not have the opportunity to miss out on work or family obligations. Typically, visits will include group work as well as 1 on 1 therapy sessions. However, this option does not provide the intensive learning and healing experiences required for more severe addictions.

Sober LivingSober living facilities act as a bridge between inpatient facilities and returning to society. These facilities can help you adjust to the realities of life and keep you from returning to old habits when tough situations arise. Although you are living at the facility like inpatient programs, you are free to come and go as you please to ease back into the responsibilities of daily life.

In Conclusion


There are many different options to consider when choosing where to start the journey to recovery. Make sure to take the time to investigate the different levels of care and compare it with your needs and goals. Please consider all options and reach out for help answering any questions you may have. Always feel free to reach out to us, and if we cannot help you, we will help point you in the right direction.


          ~ Hower Lodge Staff

Hower Lodge


At Hower Lodge, we are a small inpatient facility which separates us from other facilities in a couple of ways. The first and most noticeable difference is the intimacy of care at Hower Lodge. There are several reasons this is important. First, you will work with and see your counselor every day. Our client/counselor ratio is such that counselors do not have an unmanageable workload. This allows them to spend more time collaborating with residents on goals and objectives that are reachable, as well as relevant to each individual resident. In other words, residents are going to actively participate in their recovery with the assistance and support of licensed professionals who have gone through the recovery process themselves. The program includes groups throughout the day focusing on different topics and how they relate to each individual’s personalized treatment plan. We believe not only in putting in the work necessary to better ourselves, but that learning to have fun during recovery is an essential aspect of maintaining success once you leave here. Secondly, you will see a therapist (LMFT) once per week to further discuss and process issues that residents feel they need the most assistance with. Finally, the intimate set-up of Hower Lodge creates a powerful, loving and caring setting where all judgments are left at the door, so residents can recover in a safe, compassionate environment.

Hower Lodge places importance on the resident’s free will during their recovery. There is no requirement to stay except for an individual’s desire to put in the work necessary for healing. When it is time to leave, each resident will be provided with a plan of action for sustained success. The nature of relationships formed while in treatment means that you will continue to have a support network after you have graduated. Cultivating each individual’s desire and free will to get better becomes essential to building habits that contribute to your continued success after leaving treatment.

Hower Lodge is a 12-Step based program, and thus puts an emphasis on the importance of spirituality in recovery. Brené Brown defines spirituality as, “recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.” She goes on to explain that “without exception, spirituality – the belief in connection, a power greater than self, and interconnections grounded in love and compassion – emerged [from my research] as a component of resilience.” Refining and strengthening resilience of residents prepares them to use healthy coping skills in order to deal with stress, as opposed to using a substance to cope with difficult events in life.

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