General Outpatient characterizes the step down from 4 nights a week in the IOP (e.g., Intensive Outpatient Program) down to what is deemed clinically adequate for the recovering person. Research indicates that proper recovery support is critical in sustaining sobriety, especially in the first year. To cut off necessary support too early in that first year often leads to relapses. As a result, it is common to step individuals down from 4 nights to 3 nights, and finally step down to 2 nights a week. Individuals continue to work with their individual therapist, medical team, and substance abuse counselor during their General Outpatient experience.
General Outpatient (GOP)
General Outpatient Program vs Intensive Outpatient Program
Sober and therapeutic experiences continue to support the recovering person to gain insight into their disease management as well as life pursuits and the corresponding stresses and coping skills required to be successful. Patients continue to experience the tailored blend of experiential experiences, therapeutic education and process groups combined with individual therapy providing the recovery support to assist the recovering person to manage their recovery and engage in life pursuits.
As the individual in recovery continues to build upon their recovery capital, recovery support derived from formal treatment decreases as they develop greater recovery and life skills. The developmental process of recovery is reflected in the individuals building upon their social affiliations and community-based recovery support. Additionally, the individual demonstrates they have identified and are actively pursuing life’s meanings in career, education, familial relationships, and personal interest that they find meaningful.
The Phoenix Difference
Perhaps the most profound aspect of the Phoenix Difference is our approach. While we are extremely deliberate in educating and supporting the client in disease management and better equipping them with the skills of developing a stable recovery capital experience, our focus distinguishes us as unique. Our focus is centered upon the spiritual meaning making, seeking, and fulfillment aspects of the human experience. Critical to the health, wellness, and thriving in the human condition is the process of having the “inner ear,” the capacity to discover what one believes in themselves and life, to draw upon gifts, strengths, and support systems to pursue those goal directed meaning pursuits. To this end, our treatment is extremely individualized, with treatment objectives being largely defined by those awakenings and pursuits that exist within each client.