Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Adolescents & Teens
Congruent Counseling Services offers a dual diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents and teens with mental health and substance use issues. We have found most programs address either mental health or substance use issues, neglecting half of most teens’ issues. Offered in Columbia.
Our IOP Programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and Licensed by the State of Maryland.
*This program is in-network with most commercial insurance and medicaid.
It takes a special therapist to work with difficult teens. Patience and unconditional positive regard is essential. We can’t just offer information like when we work with adults; we need to understand how our teens are thinking and patiently work to help them see what can work better. Help them see how they can meet their needs in a healthy, familiar and socially appropriate way. We need to walk in your “teen’s door” and get them to walk out “our door”. Only then can we see change.
The teen years are like the work of a trapeze artist: they must trust, have self confidence to let go of their childhood, swing and reach out, then firmly grasp adulthood. We must support them, listen to them, help them trust us and you, and help them know they can let go of childish thoughts and behaviors. This process takes time and must be achieved at the developmental level of the teen (not necessarily at their age or intelligence level).
Parent participation is very important. We need families to make changes to help their teens grow and change. This is a structured treatment program, licensed by the state of Maryland, offering treatment three days a week for three hours each day.
- Only 30% of teens in treatment who currently meet criteria for abuse or dependence go on to have lifelong problems with substances; they may not be “addicts” yet.
- Over 65% of substance addicted clients also have depression or some other mental health issue.