How to discuss your addiction with Loved ones

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Genpsych  November 2017

Every life has it’s challenging moments and events but telling your loved ones that you are suffering from a substance addiction can be particularly challenging.  Revealing your addiction can create feelings of shame or embarrassment for yourself while simultaneously creating feelings of fear or resentment in your family and friends. Despite the fact that explaining your addiction to loved ones is challenging, it is necessary if you would like to start on the road to recovery. The information below will provide some guidance on how to break the news.

A brief overview of addiction

Basically, addiction is the inability to stop a particular behavior despite the adverse consequences that result. Addiction can be both physical and or psychological, most often it is both. This is especially true with addictions to substances such as alcohol and illicit drugs.

How to explain your addiction to Loved Ones

Once you admit to yourself that you have a substance abuse problem and make the life-changing decision to begin the recovery process, one of the first things you should do it explain your addiction to your family and friends. This step is essential for many reasons, one of which is that keeping it a secret from everyone makes it easier to relapse into the addiction. Here are several strategies you can implement while explaining your addition to loved ones:

If you don’t feel prepared to deliver the news, speak with an addiction professional first.  These individuals are educated and experienced in all matters addiction, and they will be able to give you advice on how to discuss the topic with family and friends.

Develop a plan of action prior to speaking with loved ones. Whether your recovery includes rehab, detox, in-patient or out-patient, it is important to show loved ones you have a plan for recovery.

Share what types of situations, actions, attitudes, and conditions trigger your addiction. This will help prevent them from becoming enablers or individuals who facilitate your addiction.

Acknowledge and apologize for anything you have done which has affected the quality of life for your loved ones. Addiction affects everyone in the addict’s environment.

Understand that your addiction has affected the emotional, physical or spiritual well-being of those closest to you.

Be honest.  Sugar-coating your addiction or downplaying how much it is disrupting your life will not paint an honest picture of what is really going on.

If you are still currently abusing drugs or alcohol, admit it.

If you can’t handle situations in which alcohol is present such as going out with friends on the weekends, tell them.

Being honest is the key to enabling your friends and family help you get on the path to recovery.

Other things to consider

In addition to being honest and informing friends and family, be aware there are services such as Intensive outpatient programs (IOP). This type of program will allow you to continue working and taking care of your family obligations while getting professional treatment around your schedule. When you enroll in an IOP, your recovery will be managed by a staff of trained professionals who possess the experience and education necessary to recover from addiction and prevent relapse.


If you are currently struggling with addiction in secrecy, be aware that informing your family and friends that you have a problem is a significant step in the right direction.  When you explain your addiction honestly, you empower others to provide you with the emotional support needed to help you remain on the path to permanent recovery.

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Is an Intensive outpatient program (IOP) the right choice for you?

11/6/2017 Genpsych

If you or a family member are struggling with a substance or eating disorder, you may be looking into treatment options. Have you considered an intensive outpatient program (IOP)?  An IOP is unique because it allows the patient to receive intensive therapy leading towards recovery all while living at home.

IOP patients do not live on-site.  Despite this, an IOP can provide treatment which is as intense and thorough as inpatient treatment. Intensive outpatient treatment may be ideal for many but may not be the best choice for everyone.

Let’s take a look at how an Intensive outpatient program works.

Genpsych’s IOP program offers our clients flexibility in scheduling, along with both day and evening sessions.  IOP programs meet a few times every week.

Our IOP program will provide you with a customized treatment plan which will fit your unique needs. The method will include a combination of individual therapy, educational workshops and group counseling. During both the individual and group meetings, clients will work on their coping skills, learn how to manage cravings and be taught stress-reduction techniques.

The benefits of an Intensive outpatient program

There are many great reasons that people choose to address their addictions through an IOP. One of the biggest reasons is the flexibility, this form of treatment allows you to fit therapy sessions into your existing schedule.  Our program will enable you to continue your usual routine of family and work all while receiving intense treatment.

An IOP also allows your family and friends to join you in family counseling sessions.  These sessions teach you how to communicate with your loved ones and help them understand how they can support you during your trip to recovery.

Deciding to use an Intensive outpatient program

An IOP offers many great treatment benefits but still may not be the right form of treatment for everyone. An IOP will be most useful if at least one of the below criteria apply to you:

You are transitioning out of a residential addiction treatment program.

You have not made progress in your recovery in a traditional outpatient program.

You have work for family obligations which make it hard for you to be away from home for weeks or months at a time.

Intensive outpatient program

In an IOP program, mental health issues are often treated alongside addiction treatment.  Managing both at the same time is very important for clients who are struggling with psychological and substance abuse. Not everyone with co-occurring disorders is a good candidate for an intensive outpatient program.  For instance, if you have medical issues which must be addressed prior to beginning addiction treatment.

Addiction is a very complicated disorder. The causes, reasons, triggers vary significantly in each case. It also varies greatly in severity; no two cases are exactly alike. It is essential that you choose a treatment program to meet your individual needs.  For many clients, an IOP is precisely the right path, providing them with intense treatment in a flexible outpatient program. An IOP allows people to rebuild the lives, work on their recovery and coping skills all while living at home and fulfilling their obligations to their loved ones. 

If you think an IOP may be the right choice for you, please contact Genpsych today at

855-436-7792 to find out more.

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Partial Hospitalization (PHP) / Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). Mental Health Levels of Care: What should I expect?

If you have never before been a client in a mental health or substance abuse program, taking the first step to seek treatment can be quite an overwhelming experience.  Starting anything new can be anxiety provoking, even if we’re feeling well. Throw some depression or addiction problems into the mix and it can seem down right impossible.  I decided to write this blog in order to fill you in on everything to expect from the time that you call GenPsych to schedule an assessment, all the way through the different levels of care we offer.  We’re going to talk about everything from what the groups are like, to what you can order for lunch.  My hopes are that those who might be struggling with mental illness or addiction will feel a little more at ease with the process and seek the treatment that they need and deserve.

John Mopper, MA, LAC


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An assessment can also sometimes be called an intake.  Either way, you would start by calling our admissions department at 1-855-GenPsych (Pretty easy so far, right?)  You will give the admissions coordinator a bit of background information and they will schedule you to come in for an appointment with our intake coordinator and a provider (Either a psychiatrist or APN).  This can usually be scheduled within 24 hours of your call or sometimes even the same day.  If you’re 18 or older, you’ll have to call yourself.  Adolescents will have there appointments scheduled by their parents or caregivers.


Once you enter the building, you’ll check in at the front desk and be given a small amount of paperwork to fill out.  You’ll then be greeted by our intake coordinator, who will offer you some coffee or tea and take you to their office to give you all of the information you will need about our different programs and answer any questions you might have (Ask as many as you like).  After meeting with our intake coordinator, you will then met with a provider for a formal assessment.  He/she will ask a number of questions from how much sleep you are getting, to what different symptoms you may be experiencing.  If the assessment is for an adolescent, the provider will also spend some time with a parent or caregiver in order to gain further insight.

The goals of the assessment are to:

1) Determine the level of care needed (either partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient)

2) Determine what specific track of treatment will be most helpful based upon your symptoms.

Adult tracks include:  Anxiety and Trauma, Eating Disorders, General Mental Health, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders.

Adolescent tracks include: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Adherent, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Informed, Depression, Anxiety and Panic, Eating Disorders and Co-Occurring and Truancy.



Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

If you are referred to the Partial Hospitalization Program (also know as a Partial Care Program), you will attend program 5 days per week for 4 hours a day if you an adult, or 6 hours per day if you an adolescent.  The adolescent partial care program contains a 2 hour school portion of the day where you will work with certified teachers on work that is sent over from your school.  Lunch is provided for both programs by a local Italian restaurant with options of different sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes.  (The chicken fingers are pretty popular amongst the teens.)

If you are in the adult program, you will be assigned one of the above mentioned tracks right from the start of your partial care stay.  In the adolescent partial care program, you will partake in a variety groups throughout your stay in program such as: DBT, CBT, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Yoga (Just to name a few).  You will not be assigned a track until you step down to the IOP program.  The approximate length of stay in partial care for both adults and adolescents is 2 weeks.  The groups are extremely welcoming and we strictly enforce a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere.

You will be assigned a therapist and provider on your first day of program.  You will meet with your therapist weekly for one hour individual sessions and you will also meet with your provider weekly for medication management (medication is NOT mandatory for all clients and is handled on a case by case basis)

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The Intensive Outpatient Program is a step down from the Partial Hospitalization Program.  You can also be referred directly to the Intensive Outpatient Program at the time of your assessment, if the provider does not feel that a PHP level of care is needed.  You will only attend group 3 days per week for 3 hours a day.  Adults can pick any 3 days to attend in the morning, Monday through Friday from 10am to 1pm, or choose to attend in the evening from 5pm to 8pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Adult clients may also mix and match mornings and evenings if it better suits their schedule.

Adolescent clients can only attend in the evenings on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm (Tuesdays are also an optional day if one of the 3 regularly scheduled days does not suit their schedule) .  Clients in both the adult and adolescent programs will still meet with their individual therapist weekly, but will only meet with their provider for medication management, bi-weekly. The average length of stay in an IOP program is anywhere from 2 to 3 months.

Transportation in the PHP program can be provided both directions within a 15 mile radius. Transportation in the IOP program can be provided one way.  (This is also handled on a case by case basis and there is no charge for this service)



So…you’ve made it! Your treatment in program has come to an end and it’s time to discharge.  It is our responsibility to make sure you schedule an appointment with an outpatient therapist and outpatient provider.  Usually, you will see your therapist once a week for a one hour session and your provider once a month for medication management.  You can either see a GenPsych clinician and provider or seek treatment outside of our facility.


If you or a loved one is struggling with mental illness or addiction, contact GenPsych at:

1-855-GenPsych / 1-855-436-7792

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