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IOP (Intensive Out-Patient)? - August 13th 2012, 03:53 AM

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So, my mom has known about my SH for about a month or so now. She knows that I really am trying, but I'm not really improving all that much. She has decided to get me into an IOP program in our town. My question is: I'm still in school (middle school). And I just wanted to know, will I still be able to go all day to my school? It lets out at 3:30pm(school that is), and the IOP my dad's enrollled in goes six hours a day for five days a week, will mine be like that? Or is it all different (my dad's is for drugs). Just wondering. Because right now, none of my friends know about my SH, and I wouldn't want to explain as to why I'm leaving in the middle of the day.
   
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Re: IOP (Intensive Out-Patient)? - August 13th 2012, 04:32 AM

According to my text book an IOP provides "2-4 hours of care 2 or more times per week" so if it follows those guidelines it sounds like you would still be in school all day. That might be why your mom chose that specific program. The programs you would miss school for would be either inpatient or day treatment/partial hospitalization. Drug treatment is generally pretty intense, so yours probably won't be like that. If you have any questions you could ask your mom or someone in the program.


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Re: IOP (Intensive Out-Patient)? - August 13th 2012, 05:54 PM

Every IOP program is different. Some will want you to be there a few days per week, some will want you to be there Monday - Friday, and some will want you to be there every day. The number of hours will depend on the program's design (it could be anywhere from a few hours to a full work/school day), but the nice thing about IOP programs is that they generally allow for people to maintain their daily routines (ex. going to work or school). Some IOP programs will allow you to continue your schooling on-site, coordinating with your current school so you won't fall behind on your work. If you want to know what this specific program is like, set up an appointment with one of their directors/coodinators/staff members and ask for more details.





   
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Re: IOP (Intensive Out-Patient)? - August 13th 2012, 08:59 PM

When I was in IOP, it was a bit different, because the therapist came to my house and worked with me there, supervising meals, discussing meal plans that kind of thing. I've never been in IOP for self harm, so I can't really offer much advise there other than ask. All programs are different, so ask when you'd be attending, what you'd be doing, would you miss school ect. Sorry I couldn't be of more help, but good luck! <3



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Re: IOP (Intensive Out-Patient)? - August 13th 2012, 09:14 PM

Mine was like 9-4 five days a week. There was like 3 hours of what they considered "school" where you could work on work from your school or they'd have work to do also. If you participated you would get credit to the school you go to so it wouldn't be like missing days. Then everyone's excuse was that they were sick (because if you think about it, it's not a lie, you can just be a different type of sick) and some kids said they went on vacation. I liked being at an IOP about an hour away so that I wouldn't see anyone I knew and I didn't have to be embarrassed.


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Re: IOP (Intensive Out-Patient)? - August 13th 2012, 11:18 PM

Thanks guys, good to know I probably won't have to miss any school
   
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