Footprints to Recovery Can Help
Hunter Kennedy, Psy.D., LPC-S is the Executive Director of the Footprints to Recovery location in Colorado. He says that the goal of these evening hours is to “offer services to individuals who work or cannot attend day treatment.”
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Because this applies to so many people in recovery, it is a much-needed service. The ability to go to work during the day and continue supporting one’s family is critical. The added stress of losing a job would only decrease the ability to manage cravings for drugs and alcohol. In fact, stress around finances and work often triggers substance abuse and contributes to an ongoing problem with drugs and alcohol.
We are also providing you with a meal during our evening IOP sessions because we realize your schedules might already be hectic enough as it is.
Without having to take an extended leave of absence from work or give up employment, those who are employed and struggling with substance abuse now have the ability to get the help they need. They can actively apply the new principles they are learning on the job, at home, and in their relationships, and they are still able to actively connect with help if they have questions.
Outpatient Evening Hours FAQ
Yes. Says Kennedy: “The content is the same as day IOP treatment.” The only difference is the time of day that the program is offered, ensuring that working professionals have access to the same effective treatment but on a schedule that better suits their needs.
Sessions are 3.5 hours long and scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Every day of treatment includes three hours of group work, with an option to meet with an individual therapist or case manager as needed.
Says Kennedy: “The sessions are split into 1.5 hours of psychoeducation and 1.5 hours of process group.”
Additionally, food and coffee are provided to participants.
If you are employed fulltime, if you are responsible for children during the day, or if you care for an elderly or disabled family member and are unable to get respite until the evening hours when other family members are off work and you are struggling with a substance use disorder, then an outpatient treatment program with evening hours is the best option for you.
If you believe that Footprints to Recovery may be able to provide you with the treatment you or a loved one needs to heal, don’t wait to reach out. Call now for more information and to get your questions answered. We’re here to help.
Why We Decided to Offer Outpatient Addiction Rehab at Night
In fact, most people who need the help offered by a drug addiction treatment program do not have the time to take weeks away from work in order to pursue an inpatient addiction treatment program. Many postpone treatment believing it would be an impossible fit for their job and their life, hoping that things will get better with time.
Unfortunately, treatment is the only path forward through addiction to sobriety. The good news is that it is possible to continue to grow your career and take part in an effective treatment program at the same time.
The studies show that drug use of any kind can have a negative impact on the employee, the employee’s family, coworkers, and the business itself. It is important to take the signs of substance use and its effects in the workplace seriously and make changes before things spiral out of control.
Addiction in the Workplace
According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 1 in every 13 working adults is living with an alcohol use disorder. This number does not include the number of working adults who have a marijuana use disorder, opioid addiction, or prescription drug abuse issues. Even binge drinking after work and on the weekends can have a negative impact on work, and when repeated regularly, this in itself is classified as a substance use problem.
In some cases, the long hours and stress associated with the work can contribute to high rates of drinking and substance abuse. For example, first responders and medical professionals experience high rates of substance use disorders compared to other industry professionals. Shift work, and work in the agricultural and construction industries, has been associated with high rates of substance abuse.
Lost productivity alone caused by substance abuse in the workplace costs businesses about $74 billion every year. When employees come in late, miss days, are less productive when they are at work, and die early due to the effects of long-term substance abuse, the costs add up. Hiring new people and training them costs money as well. When someone cannot maintain their position due to a substance use disorder, these costs rise for businesses.
- Companies who are represented by someone who is unable to put forward a confident and efficient face will suffer through the loss of sales and a damaged reputation.
- When an employee is unable to manage their own safety due to intoxication or poor choices in the hazy aftermath of a binge, they put the safety of coworkers and customers at risk.
- Missed days at work are commonplace when someone is struggling with an addiction. Coming in late and leaving early on days when they are in attendance is normal as well. All of this puts an increased burden on other employees and decreases the functionality of the business.
- Even if the individual is confident that they are hiding their problem with substances well, it is impossible to keep the secret for long. Soon, a toxic environment can develop, damaging company culture and the functionality of the team.
The Benefits of Outpatient Addiction Treatment
While many assume that drug rehab means a month or more of isolation in a remote area, the fact is that most people in recovery attend an outpatient addiction treatment program.
- The ability to continue working during the day, attending classes if in school, and being available to dependent family members during the day.
- The option to maintain a somewhat normal routine and learn how to apply the principles of recovery while actively living a sober life.
- The opportunity to include important family members in the process so everyone in the home can begin to heal together.
- The encouragement to attend community-based support group meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous close to home on off days and begin the critical process of building a strong base in recovery.
- The accountability of regular drug tests to support sustained sobriety.
How Does an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Program Address a Substance Use Disorder?
An evaluation process kicks off any journey in recovery that includes a formal treatment program. Learning more about your past history of drug use, your current situation and the factors that may be driving your compulsion to drink or get high, any co-occurring disorders that may be exacerbating issues, and your history of attempts to get sober can all help you to make the changes necessary to build a new life in sobriety.
Individual sessions with a therapist and/or case manager help you to define your personal goals for recovery and discuss the specific obstacles you are facing as you try to stay sober. With your therapist, you’ll come up with a unique plan to apply when you are not in treatment that will support you. If you have legal issues related to drug and alcohol use, like a DUI offense or a domestic violence charge, then individual sessions will help to ensure that you are getting all the help you need to meet your legal requirements for counseling and treatment.
- What is happening in the brain and body during active drug use.
- How long-term substance abuse alters brain function and response to stimuli.
- The implications of substance abuse on partner relationships, parent/child relationships, and work relationships.
- Mental health components of addiction.
- What to expect during the recovery process.
- How to manage cravings for drugs and alcohol.
- New options for healthy management of stress, anger, frustration, boredom, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety that do not include the use of substances.
Additionally, the process of coming to treatment regularly and connecting with other people who are also working to create new lives for themselves can provide accountability, support, and encouragement that will help you sustain your sobriety for the long term.