Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) In Ontario
Throughout the province of Ontario are numerous intensive outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, which help addicts from all age groups and with any type of addiction. Some drug and alcohol addictions are more severe than others, and this may be because of numerous reasons. When a person begins to use drugs or alcohol, there is always an underlying reason why, whether it is very severe or quite moderate. These underlying issues are what are addressed throughout the counseling process. Some of the broader reasons why people use drugs may include:
- Childhood trauma – un-treated childhood trauma that has resurfaced and is causing a great deal of remorse, and pain can force a person to find a way to escape this pain, and in many cases, this is with drugs and alcohol.
- Current pain and trauma – some addicts become addicted because they were prescribed certain drugs for short-term pain management, because of a work accident or car accident, for example. Because all pain medications are essentially narcotics, it can be very easy to become addicted to them.
- Loss of family or friends – the death of a loved one can impact people in different ways, some worse than others. Many individuals will require a person to talk to about this recent loss, but if an individual keeps the emotions bottled up it will only make things worse.
Most of the treatment and counseling offered within an intensive outpatient center are designed to help a person express his or her emotions. It is all too common for addicts to keep all of their emotions bottled up and never let them out. When their emotions are expressed it is through some dramatic outburst, and everything comes pouring out at once. The therapy process will ensure a patient can effectively address these emotions, and learn how to let them out, while discovering the underlying reasons why these things are happening within his or her life.