There are many mind-altering substances that are known to be addictive. While alcohol and heroin are some of the most common, other substances — including benzodiazepines, prescription painkillers, cocaine, and so on — continue to pose a threat to society. At Serene Beginnings, we offer intensive outpatient for substance abuse, providing individuals who suffer from substance abuse disorders with the resources they need to achieve stable, lasting sobriety.

An inpatient program offers quite a different treatment experience than an outpatient program; however, many would agree that an intensive outpatient program represents the best features of both types of treatment. In other words, an intensive outpatient program for substance abuse offers a level of treatment that’s comparable to inpatient care while maintaining the flexibility and accessibility of outpatient treatment.

The specific components of an intensive outpatient program can vary from one program to another, but most intensive outpatient care lasts at least four days per week with patients receiving approximately four to five hours of treatment on each of those days. While this is less time spent in treatment than an inpatient program, this is substantially more treatment than a standard outpatient program, leading to intensive outpatient often being the preferred method of outpatient recovery


There’s a tendency to view addiction as a behavioral disease; however, as we’ve learned from years of observation and research, addiction is a very comprehensive illness that has more in common with diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease than with anything that might be considered a moral affliction. Additionally, the specific features and effects of addiction can vary substantially depending on the substance to which an individual is addicted.

By most standards, alcohol is considered one of the most dangerous and highly addictive substances.

This is not merely due to the physiological effects of alcohol; rather, alcohol is legally available for purchase and consumption. In other words, being so accessible has contributed to alcohol being the number one most-abused substance with the highest rates of addiction. 

If depressants are substances that slow bodily functioning, stimulants — i.e., cocaine, methamphetamines — are drugs that cause an increase in energy level and bodily functioning.

Individuals who abuse stimulants regularly for a period of time often go for prolonged periods without sleeping or eating, causing them to exhibit irregular or even irrational behavior as well as dramatic weight loss. Finally, hallucinogens are another type of substance commonly abused today; while hallucinogens can either be stimulating or depressing in nature, the defining characteristic of the stimulant class is the profound changes in perception. Individuals who abuse hallucinogens often experience tactile, visual, or auditory hallucinations.

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Everyone who becomes addicted to mind-altering substances has different recovery needs. The important thing to remember about our intensive outpatient program for substance abuse is that it’s a very adaptable form of treatment despite not compromising on the level of care a person needs to achieve lasting sobriety. No matter what a person’s circumstances and schedule might be, intensive outpatient care still offers the psychotherapy, group therapy, and complementary treatments needed to overcome a substance abuse disorder.

What To Expect

With there being numerous forms of addiction, each with a unique mind-altering substance as its cause, it stands to reason that there would inevitably be some variation in how a substance abuse disorder would be treated. In practice, each form of addiction has been found to be most effectively treated by certain types of programs or with certain forms of treatment; however, our intensive outpatient program for substance abuse can be individualized, ensuring that it can meet a patient’s unique recovery needs. The team at Serene Beginnings is here to help.