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Re: Ever Been In An 'Intensive Outpatient Program' Jayy

Posted by B2chica on May 28, 2009, at 12:44:58

In reply to Re: Ever Been In An 'Intensive Outpatient Program', posted by Jayy on May 25, 2009, at 17:16:03

i've been in an "outpatient" tx program from our hospital a few years ago for about two or three weeks, can't remember now.
ours was from 8:30-3:30. which made it equivalant to hospital treatment except that we could leave at the end of the day.
and wow 20-25?! yes i don't have SP and that would freak me out. i think our max was maybe 12?

-yes it was almost all group therapy, but you could request one on one. and if they thought you needed it they would continue it while you were there.

-However, we did see our pdoc everyday. it was for probably only about 20 min. but basically they are monitoring meds.

did it help me? well, yes but only in that i entered it after my first hospital stay (that lasted just over 2 weeks). i actually had big issues with going straight home and going to that day program helped me greatly (not that itself helped me much) but having a place to be and keeping very active during the day, not having to stress with work, co-workers or family during the day helped TREMENDOUSLY.

so, maybe you can look at your upcoming experience like that? see if you can do it for only a couple weeks. and do your best to hang on. though i am especially suprised that if they plan on tweeking your meds that they don't plan on daily or every other day visits from pdoc???

but anyway.

i do think group actually is a good idea for you, but 1) you should start off with 1 on 1 therapy or co-occuring therapies do well, help you deal with the stress and reactions to group thearpy. 2) you should be in a group with Others with SP as well. Otherwise (as i've found out) group therapy is void and null if you don't share much with the others.

best wishes to you Jayy.




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