At The Florida House Experience, we understand that one treatment model does not fit every individual struggling with a substance use disorder. We also understand that individuals who complete a longer term treatment continuum have more successful recovery outcomes than those who don’t. Because of this, FHE offers Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and Outpatient Programs (OP) as part of our continuing curriculum of care for people seeking treatment to recover from addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Outpatient treatment is both an option for people who are starting their addiction recovery and those who wish to implement treatment into their everyday lives, while still working or keeping up with their day-to-day responsibilities. Patients enrolled in one of our outpatient programs at The Florida House, may choose a particular level of care because they have day or night time obligations like work, school, and family that keep them from doing an inpatient residential program. For patients who have successfully completed inpatient treatment, the outpatient programs at FHE provide an opportunity to start integrating back into the “real” world – going back to work, school, and returning to daily responsibilities. Ideally, addiction treatment should be slowly tapered down until the client is able to maintain recovery by themselves, rather than an abrupt transition after a short-term rehabilitation.
Outpatient services should be the next step after a full-time treatment program is successfully completed after a period of 30 or more days. It is understood, however, that some people cannot afford to give all of their time to treatment, so starting with an outpatient program is better than not receiving treatment at all. Many of the programs in outpatient treatment are the same as long-term residential treatment, just without the around-the-clock 24/7 care.
Some of the treatment programs you will engage in during outpatient programs are:
- Group Therapy. In this kind of therapy, which clients will attend daily, they will all come together with their therapist and a clinician to process things that are currently going on in their lives. Individual issues can be brought up, and the therapist helps to guide this discussion by making sure there is minimal cross-talk and no judgemental behavior. Group therapy is meant to supportive and an environment in which clients can learn from their peers – realizing that they are not alone in their drug and alcohol addiction.
- Individual Therapy. This kind of therapy will take place about once a week or as needed, and consists of the client meeting individually with their therapist to discuss personal issues on a much deeper level. This time is dedicated completely to the one client and talking about the issues that are most important to their addiction treatment.
- Alternative Therapy. We believe in a well-rounded treatment approach for our clients, and this includes alternative therapy. From yoga classes to art and writing, creative expression allows clients to channel their thoughts and learn how to become present. It also builds healthy hobbies so that clients have a different place to channel their energy besides into substance abuse.
Depending on client’s history and severity of conditions, they may also qualify for one or more of our specific treatment programs. The Florida House Experience is distinct in that we offer specialized treatment tracks and programs for those with special needs in order to better serve addicts from all paths of life.
Below is a summary of each of the programs we offer. If you are unsure as to what treatment program at The Florida House Experience is best suited for you, one of our admission specialists will be happy to help you throughout the process.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is used primarily to treat trauma related to addiction rehabilitation and reduces symptoms of emotional distress, which can play a huge role in addiction. EMDR works to help clients activate their natural healing process of the brain and to address situations that have been ignored for too long.
DBT is a cognitive-behavioral therapy that was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, and since then has been used to treat a wide variety of mental and mood disorders, including addiction. DBT focuses on social factors in a person’s life and the individual’s thoughts and behaviors.
Trauma resolution therapy and addiction treatment go hand-in-hand because addiction is often the result of traumatic experience or multiple traumatic events. Trauma can happen as a result of something that happened in childhood or a single event and is widely recognized to be a huge contributing factor to addiction. At The Florida House Experience, we treat each client on a case-by-case business and individual treatment plans are created for each person who comes through our doors, especially those dealing with trauma.
Often, the self-care and addiction status of first responders can go unnoticed for a long time. Few other professions deal with as much trauma, grief, and high-intensity work as first responders and this line of work can take a monumental toll. Our addiction treatment program, specifically designed for first responders, is available to all emergency personnel, regardless of active duty or status.
Neurofeedback is a type of Biofeedback , which is a method of monitoring normally automatic body functions like temperature, pulse, blood pressure, brain waves, and eye movement, with the goal of actually training the client to manage them. Clients can essentially learn how to regulate their body to help them control emotional distress. Neurofeedback provides information and insight into how a person’s brain works.
General Information About Outpatient Services
Outpatient services are a step down from our residential service and include three different levels – partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient (OP). The primary difference between each level of care is the amount of hours per week that a client receives therapeutic treatment.
All three tiers of programming offer similar services, with varying levels of therapeutic intensity. FHE’s partial hospitalization program (PHP) is best suited for someone who has more time to dedicate to their treatment but for whatever could not attend residential treatment, or for someone who has just completed residential treatment but still could benefit from a structured and safe environment. Individuals participating in our PHP track can expect a full day of treatment on weekdays and some weekends, amount to 5-6 hours of therapy 5-7 days a week, often while residing at a structured sober living or recovery residence during the duration of the program. PHP provides a level of treatment intensity comparable to residential treatment, while providing clients more freedom in the evenings to do things like attend optional 12-step meetings, cook meals, and work on other life skills that will be fundamental to living free of drugs and alcohol long-term.
Intensive Outpatient is recommended as the next level down for people who are continuing an addiction treatment program. IOP can range from 3-7 days a week, depending on need, for 3 hours per day, with both day and evening options to accommodate scheduling with work, school, and other recovery activities. Upon completion of an intensive outpatient program, outpatient (OP) is a great option as a step-down for clients completing their full treatment continuum, but still looking for extra support to ensure that they have a successful recovery. OP is help 1-2 times per week along, with 90-minute group sessions, and additional individual sessions in the evenings. Treatment should ideally be a gradual process instead of something that is cut off suddenly in order to best benefit the client in the long run.
Our outpatient program offers an on-site medical clinic that is equipped to deal with a wide range of issues from something as simple as the flu or as extensive as a mood disorder. We also have an on-site cafe for dinner, and transportation is provided for clients within a 20-mile radius.
The Florida House Experience is also able to help patients with housing if needed while they attend our outpatient treatment. Whether they are from out of the area, or simply need someplace to stay while in treatment, we do everything in our power to ensure every client has everything they need to have access to our recovery programs.