Frequently Asked Questions:

What is an IOP?

IOP stands for Intensive Outpatient Program. It's basically intensive group therapy. Clients attend A New for Women 3 hours a day 3-5 days per week.

Why should I go to an IOP?

IOP provides the structure that many people need in the first stage of recovery from alcohol and/or drug abuse.

How long will I attend IOP?

It depends on individual need. Clients will have an individualized treatment plan tailored to fit their specific needs. The total length of treatment varies, but usually is around 6-8 weeks.

What topics are covered in IOP?

A New Life for Women focuses on women-specific topics with an emphasis on addiction education and trauma recovery, coping skills, relapse prevention and the necessary tools for recovery.

What makes A New Life for Women different from others?

In this setting we exclusively provide services to women for both substance abuse and trauma related issues,

When does A New Life for Women Meet?

A New Life for Women meets 5:30-8:30 Monday-Thursday and Saturday 9:00-12:00pm.

How do I pay for IOP?

A New Life for Women accepts most private insurance and self-pay. How long does it take to get into IOP, and how do I get in? You can get in almost immediately. We accept new client into IOP on a rolling basis, so you do not have to wait until a particular session. Give us a call at 724-9960 and we set up an initial appointment. We typically get people into the office 1-2 days of their first call. After this appointment you can join the group the very next day.

What is Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction is a complex brain disease. It is characterized by compulsive, at times uncontrollable, drug craving, seeking, and use that persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences. Drug seeking becomes compulsive, in large part as a result of the effects of prolonged drug use on brain functioning and, thus, on behavior. For many people, drug addiction becomes chronic, with relapses possible even after long periods of abstinence. Alcoholism and drug use are the fifth most common cause of major, chronic behavioral health problems in our country. 53% of Americans report that a close family member has a drinking problem. Studies have shown that use of ecstasy can cause brain damage after not using the drug for seven years. Marijuana increases your heart rate as much as cocaine does. Prescription medications are increasingly becoming the most common illegally used drugs. Drug use, as a whole, costs society nearly 250 billion dollars. Why then is drug use so common across so many different people? There are multiple reasons why people begin, continue, or go back to using drugs. Some of the most common reasons include avoiding negative or unpleasant emotions (such as boredom, depression, anger, grief), peer pressure, celebrations (for example New Year's Eve, birthday parties), and conflict with others. These reasons are commonly referred to as a person's triggers to use drugs. Successful treatment for addiction to any drug (including alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, marijuana, hallucinogens, and cigarettes) includes honest education about the negative consequences of drug use in addition to learning alternative coping skills to deal with the triggers to use drugs.

Do you have a problem with drugs?

  • Read and answer each of the following questions.
  • Have you ever wanted to cut down on your drinking or drug use but were unable to do so?
  • Have you ever wanted to quit (maybe you even did), but then went back to using?
  • Have you ever planned to only have one drink, one line, or one pill, but ended up having more?
  • Have you ever gotten into trouble with the law or at work because of your drinking or drug use?
  • Has anyone ever been angry with you because of your using?
  • Have you ever felt guilty, embarrassed, or ashamed of your drug use?
  • Have you ever tried to hide your using habits from others?