Substance Dependency is a Disease
Alcohol is such a big part of American life today that we rarely stop to consider our pattern of drinking. We drink wine with dinner, or have a few drinks after work, or even a few beers while watching a ball game, but when a pattern of drinking begins to emerge, it can become a problem.
Drug use in America is also more commonplace than it once was. In today’s teenage population over 90 percent have used alcohol. Over 50 percent have used marijuana, 17 percent admit to trying cocaine and 12.5 percent have used some form of hallucinogen.
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a kind of treatment service and support program used primarily to treat eating disorders and chemical dependency that does not rely on detoxification. IOP operates on a small scale and does not require the intensive residential or partial day services typically offered by the larger, more comprehensive treatment facilities.
The typical IOP program offers group and individual services of 10–12 hours a week. IOP allows the individual to be able to participate in their daily affairs, such as work, and then participate in treatment at an appropriate facility in the morning or at the end of the day.
Alcohol is the most widely used drug in America. It is the third largest cause of death in the United States, second only to heart disease and cancer. Alcohol and tobacco use are a significant “risk factor” in heart disease and cancer. It accounts for over 100,000 deaths per year in this country alone. It is also the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Alcohol and other drugs contribute to over 50 percent of all suicides and over 50 percent of all violent crimes.
Over 50 percent of all traffic accidents involve the use of drugs or alcohol, with many of these being fatal.
It is estimated that drugs and alcohol are a factor in at least 80 percent of domestic violence incidents.
Our IOP’s are of the highest quality and have some of the best and longest experience found in this industry. We offer providers that can accommodate all available budgets and necessary needs based on you or your loved ones specific circumstance.