Suboxone IOP Program

The Summits at HealthQuest Suboxone IOP Program

    1. IOP consist of a total of 24 group sessions, four nights per week. Clients must complete the minimum of 24 sessions but more may be needed depending on their issues or compliance.
    2. DBT (informed) will be the base model of therapy which will include DBT Diary Card maintenance/review and Coaching by the group therapist or as therapist assigned.
    3. The following treatment issues will also be taught in groups as assigned weekly as assigned or programmed in the Module Manual:

    1. Self-Esteem
    2. Suboxone Education
    3. The basics of Addiction
    4. How addiction impacts family members
    5. Co-Dependency
    6. Basics of Self-Help support groups
    7. Basics of the Twelve Steps


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  • The Summits at HealthQuest Suboxone IOP Program
    8130 Country Village Dr Ste. 102 Cordova TN 38016 | www.healthquestmemphis.com
  • Connell Behavioral Health Systems
    8829 Centre St Southaven MS 38671 | Contact Us

Overview: The Summits at HealthQuest Suboxone IOP Program

  1. IOP consist of a total of 12 group sessions per month likely three nights per week. Clients must complete the minimum of 12 sessions but more may be needed depending on their issues or compliance.
  2. DBT (informed) will be the base model of therapy which will include DBT Diary Card maintenance/review and Coaching by the group therapist or as therapist assigned.
  3. The following treatment issues will also be taught in groups as assigned weekly as assigned or programmed in the Module Manual:
    1. Self-Esteem
    2. Suboxone Education
    3. The basics of Addiction
    4. How addiction impacts family members
    5. Co-Dependency
    6. Basics of Self-Help support groups
    7. Basics of the Twelve Steps
    8. Other:
  4. Aftercare will consist of one group per week for a minimum of 13 sessions. Aftercare is critical to solidifying learned DBT skills into habits and life skills
  5. Individual therapy: optional for both IOP and Aftercare if the client desires or the Clinical team or physician deems necessary as part of the treatment plan.
  6. Relapse Protocol:
  7. Treatment plans as always are individualized and based on the needs of the patient. Some issues which may impact treatment plans include:
    1. Those who are “addicted” which involves more than just the cessation of the withdrawal symptoms of “dependence.” See below
    2. Those with co-morbid psychiatric and/or mental health disorders
    3. Those with polysubstance dependence disorder or with other substance use disorder in addition to opioids.
    4. Those recently discharged from controlled environments
    5. Those with a history of failed substance abuse treatment
    6. Those with a history of previous relapses on opioids.

Why do Suboxone patients need IOP

SAMSHA discusses this in their manual below... Overall I would say that we must distinguish between Addiction and Dependence. Opioid Dependence generally may not need further treatment. However, the research indicates there are populations that generally need therapy and sometimes Self-Help Groups. See below for the reasons. Here are populations where therapy such as IOP is needed:

  1. Those who are “addicted” which involves more than just the cessation of the withdrawal symptoms of “dependence.” See below
  2. Those with co-morbid psychiatric and/or mental health disorders
  3. Those with polysubstance dependence disorder or with other substance use disorder in addition to opioids.
  4. Those recently discharged from controlled environments
  5. Those with a history of failed substance abuse treatment
  6. Those with a history of previous relapses on opioids.

Why DBT would be beneficial?

  1. DBT is empirically shown to be effective in treating affective disorders including substance abuse (View Source: nrepp.samhsa.gov)
  2. DBT has five components: (1) capability enhancement (skills training); (2) motivational enhancement (individual behavioral treatment plans); (3) generalization (access to therapist outside clinical setting, homework, and inclusion of family in treatment); (4) structuring of the environment (programmatic emphasis on reinforcement of adaptive behaviors); and (5) capability and motivational enhancement of therapists (therapist team consultation group). DBT emphasizes balancing behavioral change, problem-solving, and emotional regulation with validation, mindfulness, and acceptance of patients
  3. The Suboxone clients specifically would benefit from increasing their life skills including cravings as they detox effectively from opioids. DBT focuses in addressing feelings (physical and emotional) which often lead to relapse of behaviors such as opioid use.
  4. DBT would fit perfectly with future outcome studies regarding effective Suboxone treatment with adjunct IOP therapy.

Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction