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Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Addiction Programs in Asheville and Surrounding Areas in North Carolina

Outpatient programs allow participants to continue addiction treatment at a medical facility while living in their own home. Patients return to the medical center several times a week meet with care providers and continue their treatment but return home at the end of the day to sleep in their own bed. Here are some of the benefits to our outpatient addiction program.

Outpatient therapy is often useful for patients who have already completed a residential or inpatient program and wish to continue their treatment while transitioning to life in the outside world. Alternatively, some people feel like they will be better served by starting their treatment at an outpatient facility. This is usually only recommended for people who have a strong support system at home and will not be exposed to their old temptations in day to day life.

October Road offers a variety of outpatient addiction programs and behavioral health services in Asheville and the surrounding areas. Contact us if you would like to learn more.

How Can Intensive Outpatient Rehab Help?

The goal of Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) is providing each patient with customized, flexible support that helps them maintain their sobriety. These holistic programs treat both substance use and mental health disorders and provide participants with the tools they need to start thriving. Between group therapy, individual counseling, medication management, and other proven treatments, we help patients re-adjust to life without addiction.

Learn the Evidence Behind Our Outpatient Program

At October Road, we don’t leave anything to chance. We understand that people start using drugs under a wide range of circumstances and for a wide range of reasons. That’s why each patient’s care plan is personalized to meet their needs. In our group programs, you will form coping mechanisms that do not involve substance use, learn the best ways to leverage your support network during recovery, and determine what triggers the urge to use so you can head off cravings.

Matrix Model

Counselors working with the Matrix Model incorporate proven therapies like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing into a sixteen-week program that builds on itself to reintroduce healthy habits into participants’ lives. This program involves peers and family members for encouragement and support. Participants will be taught how to:

  • Manage time to help reduce stress and leave time for healthy practices
  • Understand the continuing cravings and/or withdrawal symptoms they might feel
  • Reduce their chances of relapse and use healthy coping mechanisms
  • Help (and be helped by) their peers.

The Matrix Model separates recovery into four stages:

  1. Early Recovery
  2. Family Education
  3. Relapse Prevention
  4. Social Support

As patients progress through the stages, they learn how to make and maintain positive changes in their lives. They will also be introduced to outside resources that can help them stay drug-free after they finish our IOP/PHP. The Matrix Model has been found highly effective for helping patients turn their lives around, especially among those recovering from stimulant addiction.

Seeking Safety

Self-medication often leads to addiction, and we realize that where there are underlying causes, simply insisting on sobriety won’t help. The Seeking Safety curriculum helps patients understand and work through the traumas or PTSD that led to their substance-using behaviors. The method empowers participants and helps them see hope and improvement in their futures rather than encouraging them to dwell on the past. Each of the 25 lessons that may be addressed adhere to the following principles:

  1. The goal of treatment is to find safety
  2. It is best to treat substance use and PTSD/trauma simultaneously
  3. Focusing on ideals can help combat both PTSD and substance use
  4. There are four areas treatment should focus on: the cognitive, the behavioral, the interpersonal, and individual case management
  5. Participants should be aware of how their interactions with their counselor shape their recovery

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, focuses on the mental processes behind long-term change. The approach asks participants to accept that their thoughts may not change, but with mindfulness practices, they can change their responses to common triggers. Rather than trying to avoid “bad” thoughts, patients can learn to deal with them in a healthy manner.

Based on Relational Frame Theory (RFT), ACT recognizes that you may not be able to render a trigger harmless, but you can form new behaviors around it. Brains can change, and ACT helps participants focus on their values and desired behaviors rather than succumbing to impulse or habit. The system teaches six methods.

  • Defusion: Removing or weakening the emotional impact of beliefs by looking at your thoughts as if from a distance.
  • Acceptance: Understanding that negative emotions happen, but your responses—not your feelings—dictate the outcome.
  • Attention to the present: Learning to focus on current circumstances rather than getting lost in hypothetical regarding past decisions or future outcomes.
  • Self-as-Context: Understanding that your thoughts are not reality, but a description of the world the way you see it—and therefore can be questioned or disproved.
  • Values: Choosing the principles you want to abide by, which are then reflected in action.
  • Committed Action: Setting goals that fulfill your values.

Substance Abuse Comprehensive Outpatient Treatment (SACOT)

Designed for patients in need of structured support and multi-pronged treatment, SACOT offers more extensive care than typical outpatient rehab programs. Along with encouraging patients to redefine their relationship with drugs, SACOT puts a considerable amount of focus on participant learning. Clinicians provide guidance in:

  • Creating a support network
  • Necessary educational and vocational matters
  • Family dynamics and interpersonal skills
  • Understanding the consequences and mechanisms of substance use and addiction

The program offers group and individual counseling as well as family support and crisis planning. SACOT can be adapted or combined with treatments that address mental illness, disability, and other factors that contribute to substance use disorders. Clinicians may also address the specific needs and interests of certain groups as needed: pregnant women or mothers, patients who have attended rehab multiple times, HIV-positive patients, and others. All aspects of SACOT can and will be adjusted to address whatever needs are most pressing.

Patients may be connected with public and community resources during treatment to help future-proof their recovery. By helping participants replicate the structure and support aspects of SACOT, clinicians set them up for a successful transition period.

Outpatient Medication Management

Medication can be very helpful in addiction recovery, especially for those with dual diagnoses, but it may also feel dangerous for someone who used to misuse substances. As the name implies, medication management pairs patients with medical professionals who help them plan organize their medications. Many non-addictive medications can curb cravings and treat withdrawal symptoms. We carefully assess every client’s condition to build an appropriate medication schedule.

Patients can continue their medication management on an outpatient basis. Our staff will always be ready to help if you have questions or concerns. Do not hesitate to ask questions – never take chances with medication!

Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient & Partial Hospitalization Programs

This group is for people who are struggling with severe substance use and/or have completed inpatient or residential treatment and need a high intensity level of support. We use evidence-based practices that are proven to assist with recovery and wellness.

Asheville PHP/IOP Schedule:

  • Partial Hospitalization (PHP / SACOT) 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Morning Intensive Outpatient (IOP) 10 am to 1:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Day Intensive Outpatient (IOP) 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Evening Intensive Outpatient (IOP) 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Early Recovery Outpatient Group (ER) 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 2pm to 4pm Tuesday and Thursday
  • MAT Group 10:30 am to 11:30 am Wednesday, and 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Thursday

The October Road team is your ally in recovery. Our compassionate team goes above and beyond to provide our patients with the dedicated and personalized care they need. Call (888) 201-5086 for more information about our outpatient therapy programs.

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What Makes Us Different

Programs Tailored to You

The staff at October Road strives to ensure that each and every person that comes in gets a program that is specifically tailored to their needs and experiences.

Small Facility

Don’t be just a number at a big facility that you can get lost in, give yourself the opportunity to be cared for at a small facility from staff that knows who you are.

Highly Trained Staff

When you come to October Road you are getting help from industry experts that are highly trained and have the experience it takes to support you.


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