Open Arms Treatment Center

"Providing Individuals a Brighter Future, One Home at A Time"


Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP) Services consist of individual and group addiction activities and services that are designed to assist adult and adolescent consumers to learn strategies for relapse prevention, including community and social support systems, and learn skills for recovery maintenance. Group sessions are 3 hours a day and up to 5 days a week as needed. (SAIOP) typically is a 12 week outline with a personalized focus on recovery tools such as 12 Step involvement, Step Work, obtaining a sponsor, exploring defenses, clarifying goals and values, identifying high-risk feelings and situations, connecting with community services such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Mental Health, etc. Psychiatric needs assessed continuously and case management provided. Light snacks and meals are generally provided along with transportation for individuals who need it.

According to a report by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Service Administration (SAMHSA), a key component of preventing and

treating drug addiction is to educate people about the most common illicit

drugs used by youth and children, how to identify them, signs of use, and

the effects. Information for three of the most commonly used substances –

alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine

 Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance. According to recent

research, approximately 81 percent of youth drink alcohol, approximately

12.6 million people (over age 12) are heavy drinkers, and 25 percent of 8th

graders have been drunk at least once. 

 Marijuana, the second most commonly used substance by children and

youth. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug; approximately

76 percent of illicit drug users use marijuana. Approximately 47 percent of

high school seniors have use marijuana.

 Cocaine is ingested as a fine, white powder that is snorted, sniffed, or injected. Crack is derived from cocaine, more highly addictive, and is smokeable. Signs of use include irritability, mood disturbances, paranoia, and hearing things (auditory hallucinations). Both cocaine and crack are highly addictive, can cause heart distress (such as rhythm disturbance or even cardiac arrest), chest pain, respiratory failure, strokes, seizures, headache, abdominal pain, and nausea. A study conducted in 1999 found that at least 9.8 percent of high school seniors and 4 percent of 8th graders had used cocaine at least one time.*

Research has shown that the key risk periods for drug abuse are during major transitions in individual’s lives. Early abuse often includes such substances as tobacco, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, and prescription drugs. Drug abuse treatment can impact many areas of life including family, home-life and career. The appropriate treatment can help those in recovery maintain healthy, productive lifestyles. Completing drug abuse treatment demonstrates personal benefits in a number of ways in addition to ending the drug abuse itself. Undergoing behavioral therapy will often teach those in treatment how to communicate better and how to cultivate relationships.