Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program 

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Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital offers intensive programs with specialized tracks for chemical dependency, mental health, and co-occurring disorders.

Intensive Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program

Intensive Outpatient Program is a licensed outpatient facility providing intensive treatment for substance abuse and chemical dependency. Our Chemical Dependency treatment program provides group therapy and multi-family group therapy facilitated by licensed clinicians with specialized programs offered for women and dual diagnosed patients. In addition to group therapy, patients are randomly drug screened and are asked to attend at least two 12 step meetings per week. Patients are also expected to find a 12 step sponsor during the initial phase of treatment.

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Phases of Treatment

In the initial, Intensive Phase of treatment, patients participate in treatment four evenings a week for five weeks. When patients complete the first phase, they move to the Transition Phase, which consists of two groups a week for eight weeks. The last phase of our program is the Continuing Care Phase. In this phase, clients must attend one group per week but may come more often if they desire. In order to complete the Intensive Outpatient Program clients must participate in a minimum of one group per week for the duration of the Continuing Care Phase. For the purposes of program compliance, the Continuing Care phase of treatment ends one year after the date of enrollment in the program. There is no fee for Continuing Care.

Continuing Care is available to patients for as long as they need it, so long as they remain active in the program by attending group therapy at least one time per week.

Prospective patients are assessed prior to admission to determine appropriateness for participation. We accept most insurance plans. Interest free payment plans as well as partial scholarship are also available for patients whose insurance benefits do not cover treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Program

The Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital provides group psychotherapy, family group psychotherapy, individual case management, and daily structure three hours per day, four days per week. Treatment includes psychotherapy, symptom management, education, monitoring of medication compliance, and enhancement of the patient’s ability to engage in activities related to daily living.

Program Descriptions

Multifamily therapy group includes information about psychiatric disorders and treatment, medication management and self-help support groups for family members.

Applied skills group involves patients in the formation of personal support networks and the application of skills related to distress tolerance, emotional regulation and mindfullness. These activities are designed with flexible participation guidelines. This allows treatment staff to selectively meet with individual patients or their families outside of group for treatment and discharge planning, discussions regarding medication compliance, and individual or family psychotherapy on an as needed basis.

Mindfulness-based relaxation and stress management provides structured involvement in behaviorally-oriented activities designed to teach patients the core mindfulness techniques of relaxation and stress management strategies.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy group uses workbooks and group discussion based on the principles of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to improve the ability to tolerate distress and regulate emotions. Patients who are questioning their use of substances or who appear to have emergent substance use concerns may also participate in the Dual Diagnosis Group. This evening group is a part of our Substance Use Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program.

The Intensive Outpatient Program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is one of several treatment programs operated by Cottage Health System. Other services offered at our acute and sub-acute care facilities located in Santa Barbara include medically supervised drug and alcohol detoxification , residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation , and acute inpatient psychiatric care.

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