Frequently Asked Questions

Information about the Intensive Outpatient Program and Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment in Clark, New Jersey

This is a free resource to help you better understand our Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs in New Jersey. If you have additional questions you would like addressed, please contact us using the easy Contact Us form.


To schedule an appointment or arrange for an individual assessment, please call us at (732) 882-1920.


Q: Is Outpatient Treatment in New Jersey covered by Insurance?

Yes. Many insurance companies encourage outpatient treatment under certain circumstances, hoping to encourage a faster return to stable community living, work, school, etc.

Although insurance plans are constantly changing, we have worked with many insurance companies in New Jersey including Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Oxford, and United Healthcare.

Call us to discuss your specific insurance. We can typically arrange a treatment plan that makes the most of your coverage, or in some cases costs even less than your co-pays and deductable.


Q: Is an assessment required before admission to the intensive outpatient program?

Every IOP treatment is tailored to the individual by a Master’s level professional clinician, who uses information gained in the introductory interview and assessment. That being the case, yes, an assessment is required for admission to the Intensive Outpatient Program.


Q: Is there a fee for assessment or is it free?

Each case is different and will require different assessment tools. Your personal history, status, and condition will determine how detailed an assessment you will require in order for us to do an appropriate evaluation. When you make your appointment for your first interview, you will be advised if there will be any fees associated with your assessment.


Q: What information is gathered in an assessment?

A clinical and medical assessment may include interviews, questionnaires, medical histories, psycho-social evaluations, urine and/or breath analysis, and more. The more we know about your total state of being, the better we can work with you on a treatment plan that will best meet your needs. You will discover that the professionals at The Counseling Center truly understand addiction, drug use, and alcohol abuse, and will relate to you as openly and honestly as you allow.


Q: Does intensive outpatient program include detox?

No, detox is not part of the Intensive Outpatient Program. If medically-supervised detox is required, you will learn the specifics of that requirement for your custom treatment plan, and you will be referred to available professional detox services that are a fit for your situation. You will be required to complete detox prior to starting the IOP program. The initial clinical assessment will determine your suitability for outpatient treatment programs. and you will also receive important, helpful counseling about your needs and treatment options.


Q: Who is eligible for the Intensive Outpatient Programs?

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed for people who are struggling with problems associated with addictions, substance use and abuse, or the co-occurring disorders associated with substance use and are still able to take independent responsibility for keeping their treatment schedule.

Elgibility for the IOP is determined by a mandatory clinical/medical assessment, which is conducted at the center as part of the admissions process. The Intensive Outpatient treatment program is customized for each person, guided by the initial assessment and follow up. If you would like to consider Intensive Outpatient Treatment for yourself or someone you know, call us at (732) 882-1920 to schedule an appointment, or fill out the contact form at the top right of this page so we can contact you with important information about the IOP.


Q: What is the difference between inpatient treatment (residential rehab) and outpatient treatment?

Travel to a location far from home is sometimes desired or needed for inpatient treatment. For example, some people choose to go to Florida for inpatient rehab, living in a treatment facility for the duration of their rehab. For the typical rehab experience lasting 30 days, this can mean a significant time away from work, family, and personal obligations. Residential rehab (inpatient treatment) requires you to live in a residence, usually a shared dorm room, under the rules and governance of the operators of the facility. Each treatment center is unique and has its own set of requirements, but you generally give up control of your day to day life while in treatment.

With an outpatient program like the IOP offered by The Counseling Center at Clark, NJ, you continue to live in your own home and remain in control of your own life. You can still go to work or school, get a job and you can begin rebuilding your personal life with the help and support you receive from the program.

In outpatient treatment, you are responsible for participating in the treatment programs at the local Counseling Center, according to your treatment plan.


Q: How do I know whether I need Outpatient, Inpatient, Rehab, or Detox?

You can call us and schedule to meet with a counselor for a clinical assessment. Our trained, professional counselors will work with you to determine the best choices for you to have success in recovery. If you need detox before participating in therapy, we can refer you to an inpatient or residential rehab that is a good fit for you when you are ready. We work with you to determine the type of care you need, and create a treatment plan that meets your specific needs.


Q: How much does Outpatient Treatment Cost?

Costs vary with your status and history of use, as well as other factors. You can learn your options and the costs and fees associated with treatment options by calling our admissions counselors. We encourage you to not let money stand in the way of getting help. Talk with us - and share your individual financial situation, so we can do whatever we can to get you into treatment as soon as possible.


Q: What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (also known as IOP for “Intensive Outpatient Program”) is a primary treatment program recommended in some circumstances after a clinical and medical assessment. IOP may be recommended for those who do not need medically-supervised detox. Following successful detox, IOP can enable people in recovery to continue their recovery therapies on a part-time, yet intensive schedule, designed to accommodate work and family life.

Take this opportunity to start rebuilding your personal life and mending your important family ties. You can live at home and still participate in an intensive outpatient program. With the Intensive Outpatient Treatment program you are able to establish a foundation for long term recovery support in your local community right from the start of your treatment, instead of waiting until you return from living away in a rehab center.

You can be confident you’ll receive the right level of care because the IOP Program at The Counseling Center meets the criteria set by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Level I and ASAM Level II.1 and II.5.


Q: What is the Schedule like in Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)?

During the intensive Phase 1 of the program, you can expect to participate 3-4 times a week. During Phase 2, the less intensive phase of the program, you can expect to participate 1-2 times a week. The goal is to gain greater independence as you move through our clinically-proven phases of treatment. Please see the IOP schedule, or the specific schedules for Adult Daytime and After Work program, or Teen/Adolescent after school IOP.


Q: Will there be drug screening during the program?

Yes, for your own safety and the safety of our guests and staff, screenings are performed throughout the treatment program. Drugs and alcohol can change our perceptions and our behavior in ways we might not be aware of.


Q: What will I do in the way of therapies and activities when participating in the Intensive Outpatient Program?

In the Intensive Outpatient Program, you will participate primarily in therapy in groups of 10 or fewer. You will also be assigned an individual therapist you will meet with on a weekly basis while in treatment. Groups are small to allow for a safer, more personalized environment.

Many different areas and topics are covered in the IOP. Everyone is introduced to the following while in the IOP at The Counseling Center at Clark, NJ: Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS), Relapse Prevention Skills, How to Manage Urges and Cravings, Understanding the Brain Chemistry of Addiction, Progression of the Disease of Addiction, Introduction To the Twelve Steps, Spirituality, Stages of Change, Focus On Co-Occurring Disorders, and the Family Education Program.

Depending on your needs, you may be referred to additional comprehensive mental health treatment, or to training in how to increase healthy life skills, or employment counseling.


Q: How big are the Group Therapy sessions?

At The Counseling Center, we seek to always run small group meetings of 10 people or less. We find that smaller groups are more comfortable for those participating and sharing, and allow for more careful review of important topics under discussion.


Q: Am I required to participate in 12 Step Meetings?

The Counseling Center at Clark, NJ is non-denominational. We are not a religious organization. We do not preach any specific set philosophical teachings, although we believe your religion and spirtuality can be important components of your recovery. We believe in hope, hard work, community support, and the potential of the human spirit to overcome the problems stemming from substance use.

The 12 Step approach to counseling is very effective, and forms the basis of peer support that has proven to be essential for successful recovery in many cases. Most of our individualized client treatment plans include participation in 12-step meetings.


Q: How long is the intensive outpatient program at the Counseling Center at Clark, NJ treatment center?

Our IOP usually runs for a period of 5 weeks or 6-8 weeks, but every patient is different. Every patient’s treatment program is designed just for them, so may run more or less than 5 weeks if needed.


Q: Are family members and close friends allowed to come along to intensive outpatient sessions?

Research has shown the individuals whose families are involved in treatment have a much better prognosis and a higher success rate. The Counseling Center at Clark, NJ will make a concerted effort to include family members in treatment whenever possible.

The goal of the family education program is to provide family members with information and support that will assist our clients in their recovery. A family education group will be held every week (typically Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm, but please check the schedule). The purpose of this program is to provide family members with education, information and support to aide their family member in their recovery process. The family program will have three parts: Didactic/Education Lecture, Process Group (family members only) and Question and Answer Session.


Q: What is the “declining intensity program”?

When you first start our IOP you will have daily “work” with us so we can help you through the shakiest times of your recovery. As you become stronger and don’t need such intense professional support, you will have shorter sessions, less often. We sometimes describe this as Phase 1 and Phase 2, etc. This is sometimes called a “step down” system since you are effectively “stepping away” from our support as you become more independent. Of course our professional staff remains available and ready to assist you at any time in your treatment.


Q: Is The Counseling Center at Clark NJ a religious center? Is treatment faith-based?

No, The Counseling Center at Clark, NJ is not a religious center. Our treatment is based on proven scientific methods and practices which do encompass spirituality, but do not have a religious base. We tailor the intensive outpatient treatment to the individual needs of our community, which includes Christians, Catholics, Protestants, Atheists, Agnostics, Jews, and individuals from numerous backgrounds and perspectives. Our staff is similarly diverse, with a common focus on successful treatment and supported recovery.

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The Counseling Center at Clark is an outpatient mental health & addiction treatment center for adults and adolescents seeking help with depression, anxiety, dual-diagnosis, addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring disorders associated with addiction and substance use.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is an intense, focused experience designed to enable sober and productive living, utilizing evidence-based, state of the art treatment methods combined with 12 Step principles.

Eligibility is based on a clinical assessment. The first step is to call us to schedule an appointment, or use this convenient and confidential form. Now offering Saturday assessments!

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