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Can't find an IOP

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My area only has one IOP place and they are coming back, questioning my eval recommendations from the board approved facility I went to- or maybe I'm just reading it wrong due to the high level of paranoia I've acquired the last year. They just seem to want to rape my wallet with the little funds it has left after not working lately. I will go there if it's my only option but would love to at least be able to look into somewhere else and compare the two. Anyway, I've asked for recommendations from the person handling my care at the BON and they don't have any. I can't be released back to work until I complete the IOP and I can't find anywhere. Are there hidden places I don't know about? My torture has only just begun and I'm already ready to just say piss on it.

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My area only has one IOP place and they are coming back, questioning my eval recommendations from the board approved facility I went to- or maybe I'm just reading it wrong due to the high level of paranoia I've acquired the last year. They just seem to want to rape my wallet with the little funds it has left after not working lately. I will go there if it's my only option but would love to at least be able to look into somewhere else and compare the two. Anyway, I've asked for recommendations from the person handling my care at the BON and they don't have any. I can't be released back to work until I complete the IOP and I can't find anywhere. Are there hidden places I don't know about? My torture has only just begun and I'm already ready to just say piss on it.

I am pretty good at finding stuff if you message me your location. You have to be prepared to drive outside of your area a bit.

Hppy

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There are lots of places, you may have to go out of State. You can fill out forms for scholarships at treatment centers, you may have to take a number though. Lots of people want them... And be ready to pick up and go on a moments notice.

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To an IOP? I hadn't seen anyone having to move states for a class a few hours a week. That's crazy!

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To an IOP? I hadn't seen anyone having to move states for a class a few hours a week. That's crazy!

You don't have to do anything. You only need comply if you still wish to work. If you can afford to stay local, not work and pay what they ask, of course that would be ideal. I don't know how they do it in your State, but in my State they refrain us from practice while we are trying to figure out how we're going to pay for treatment. Sometimes, if you can get a scholarship somewhere, it ends up being cheaper. At least you've mitigated the cost of treatment out of your mounting debt and lack of employment.

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I drove 1.5 hours to IOP from my house. There were people that did have to drive quite a distance more.

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In regards to driving? I wish I had not taken the first one shoved at me out of fright and convenience. Nobody bothered to mention that there might have been other acceptable places to go, even if I chose to drive a couple hours. Informed consent anyone? But then the records for the poo hole I slid into upon the program evaluator's "recommendation" also stated that I 'voluntarily requested admission.' Mmm..okay..quite an interesting twist of the truth there.

I can promise you this. The length of the drive is the least of your worries. Whatever hoops you have to jump through now, will dictate the next several years of your life and possibly a goodly chunk of your career. Drive if you must.

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I would be more than willing to drive, and have searched for a place within a few hours of my home. The only place local to me doesn't seem the most ethical. I just hadn't seen on here where anyone mention moving states to do an IOP, but perhaps that may be the only option. I am not working until the IOP is done so- I have time to drive. Thanks for your response.

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You don't have to do anything. You only need comply if you still wish to work. If you can afford to stay local, not work and pay what they ask, of course that would be ideal. I don't know how they do it in your State, but in my State they refrain us from practice while we are trying to figure out how we're going to pay for treatment. Sometimes, if you can get a scholarship somewhere, it ends up being cheaper. At least you've mitigated the cost of treatment out of your mounting debt and lack of employment.

I won't enlighten you with my initial response as I read this. Instead, I will state that I'm here, trying to figure this out with minimal information from every party involved in my situation and only asked here because this site has provided me a great deal of information thus far. Thanks for your insight.

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I won't enlighten you with my initial response as I read this. Instead, I will state that I'm here, trying to figure this out with minimal information from every party involved in my situation and only asked here because this site has provided me a great deal of information thus far. Thanks for your insight.

You don't need to, I'm sure it's very similar to my own response when I was told to get a second mortgage on my home to finance treatment. What most of us don't have is the luxury of time. We need to work, so we race around trying to get things started as soon as possible. The old saying, 'sin in haste, repent at leisure,' comes to mind. If you have a little time to play with, do some searching. Talbot is an amazing program for healthcare professionals, maybe they give the occasional scholarship. If they do, apply and wait. While you are waiting, go to meetings and document them. Call these places relentlessly, show them you want the scholarship spot (even if you think recovery is ********). The harder you work in treatment, the least restrictive your contract might be. Meaning you might get occasional hair tests, instead of every 3 months. Everything counts, they are watching your actions to see if you are gung ho, or gung slo. My strategies have served me well this last time, staying sober/clean probably helped a lot too. I am not trying to be ugly, many times we have to MAKE **** happen. Going out of State many seem expensive, but when you take into consideration gas, the cost of IOP, etc... It might not hurt to explore other options. Many of these programs have a sober house, provide transport to and from everywhere. Your only cost is food.... If you have time, explore and harass the **** out of these places. If you don't have time, just buckle up and do the best you can. God bless

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I would be more than willing to drive, and have searched for a place within a few hours of my home. The only place local to me doesn't seem the most ethical. I just hadn't seen on here where anyone mention moving states to do an IOP, but perhaps that may be the only option. I am not working until the IOP is done so- I have time to drive. Thanks for your response.

It's hard to find a addiction treatment program that appears 100% ethical. The whole industry is a poorly regulated cash cow. This does not mean that some people do not benefit/get well there but you do have to be aware that it is what it is. My suggestion is that you go to the IOP in your area and get what you can out of it. As far as the length of time for treatment goes you may find that as soon as your insurance benefit has been maximized you will suddenly get well and be ready for discharge from the program. It's best not to ask too many questions as that may be seen as relapse behavior. Jump in, do your time, don't draw attention to yourself, get through it and continue on with your life.

That being said it appears there are two programs in the Mobile area that have IOP programs.

Good luck to ypu

Hppy

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