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Port Recovery IOPThe Basics

Located in the heart of Baltimore, Port Recovery offers what they call “wrap around” treatment, which includes sober living houses, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), mental health and DUI services. The outpatient facility is situated in a two-story house in a quiet residential neighborhood. If not for the sign, it could be just another house. Inside, the décor is comfortable and homey, with sofas and cushioned chairs for seating. Port Recovery has both day and evening options to accommodate clients with busy work and family schedules.

Treatment and Staff

The IOP is a 26-week, three stage program. Stage one is 12 weeks in duration and clients meet three times per week for three hour groups. Sessions are a combination of 90-minute education classes, group therapy and 30-minutes of individual therapy. Topics include the disease concept of addiction, relapse prevention, effectively handling stress and family communication. Counselors use trauma-informed methods and CBT and those with co-occurring disorders attend groups specifically catered to their issues.

Stage two is also 12 weeks, with clients attending groups twice per week and individual therapy once a week. The protocol is very similar to stage one, but with less frequency. By stage three clients attend individual therapy once a week for two weeks while their final discharge planning takes place.

Groups are facilitated by LADCs and limited to 10 clients. A nurse practitioner and/or psychotherapist facilitates co-occurring disorder groups and supervises medication management.

Port Recovery offers two levels of sober living in the Baltimore area, one for IOP clients, which they consider residential care, and one with the more traditional function of giving people a safe and sober place to sleep at night. There are nine houses, half of them full of clients who are picked up and taken to IOP during the day, and the other half for people who are working or going to school. The sober living clients typically stay for six months to one year and everyone has to be clean and sober for at least 30 days upon admission.

Generally, the houses hold between 10 and 12 people. Rooms are double or triple, generally with one to two full bathrooms to share. Each client has a twin bed and shared dresser with nightstand. The houses all have a full kitchen, living room with cable TV and laundry facilities, but residents are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals and supplying their own linens and towels.

All residents are on the buddy system for 30 days. They must attend 90 12-step meetings in 90 days, unless they are unemployed, in which case they are expected to attend two meetings a day. Everyone has to get an AA house slip signed, find a sponsor and a job.

Extras

There are on-site 12-step meetings offered weekly at the Port Recovery sober living houses. IOP clients are welcomed, but not required to attend. Port Recovery provides its recovery house clients with transportation to outpatient services.

Port Recovery will work with parole, probation or detention departments to provide sentencing alternatives for those seeking recovery. Some examples include home detention, sentencing to the IOP program. This facility can also provide referrals for attorneys to clients who need legal advice.

In Summary

While Port Recovery does not refer to outside support groups, many of its clients are involved in either 12-step programs or faith based groups. And while basic services are adequate, the absence of a family option and adolescent counseling limit Port Recovery’s scope. Still, this is affordable treatment over an extended period of time, two important components of any outpatient program.

Port Recovery IOP
7000 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214

Port Recovery IOP Cost: $50-$150 (Per session). Reach Port Recovery IOP by phone at (443) 869-4909. Find Port Recovery on Facebook

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