Patients with sexual addiction issues require specially trained clinicians who understand their unique needs and challenges. And, many who are completing inpatient or residential treatment may need a lower level of care that still focuses on their particular issues. That’s why Gentle Path at The Meadows is happy to announce the opening of its own Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
The launch of the Gentle Path Intensive Outpatient Program offers graduates of the Gentle Path at The Meadows and other sex addiction programs the opportunity to step down from inpatient or residential treatment, to practice maintaining the structure and tools they have gained, and to focus on recovery in a real-life environment helping to smooth the transition back into work, school, and other normal activities.
Since not everyone needs inpatient or residential treatment, there is also a track designed for individuals new to sex addiction treatment. It offers help to those who are just beginning their recovery and those for whom an inpatient or residential treatment program is not determined to be clinically appropriate.
Accountability and Relapse Prevention
The focus of the 8 to 12-week program is on increasing accountability and relapse prevention. For graduates of the Gentle Path at The Meadows program, it is a continuation of Dr. Patrick Carnes’ 30 Task Model-the same model on which our program was built and which we have utilized successfully to treat sex addiction.
For sex addicts hoping to continue their recovery journey, we have designed a program that will both introduce individuals to the 30 Task Model in an Intensive Outpatient setting and help them understand how completing these tasks is essential to long-term recovery.
Unlike Gentle Path at The Meadows, the Gentle Path Intensive Outpatient program will be open to both men and women. It will offer the same benefits as The Meadows IOP program-weekly access to a psychiatrist, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic experiencing®, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) neurofeedback, and more-to individuals of any gender suffering from sexual addiction. The program is facilitated by an experienced, CSAT trained therapist who is proficient in using Dr. Patrick Carnes’ 30 Task Model.
Patients in the program participate in group meetings four days a week for three hours a day with Individual counseling sessions and couple’s counseling sessions available as needed. Patients will also have the opportunity to attend 12-step meetings, work (if it doesn’t interfere with treatment), volunteer, and participate in healthy, recovery-based activities.
Continuing Care for the Whole Family
Patients and their families will also be invited to participate in Family Day every four weeks. Sex addicts and their loved ones all benefit from learning to communicate in a healthy manner that yields positive results.
Families are encouraged to attend sessions in person. If a family lives out-of-state and cannot make it to Family Day, the patient’s primary therapist will offer a supported therapeutic phone call between them and the patient to discuss communication issues and ongoing needs.
Stay on the Path
Completing a treatment program is hard work. Keep your momentum going and learn how to better apply the insights and skills you’ve gained by continuing or beginning your treatment with the Gentle Path at the Meadows Intensive Outpatient Program. For more information call us at 800-244-4949.