The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Brisas was designed with the understanding that committing to several weeks away from work, family, and other responsibilities is simply not feasible for some individuals. There are several benefits to this model:
- Therapy during evening hours allows individuals to fulfill their obligations to their job, family, and community during the day.
- Participation in treatment doesn’t jeopardize a person’s livelihood or require taking an extended leave of absence from work or school.
- The program fosters a sense of consistency and normalcy by allowing the individual to continue engaging in their current day-to-day activities.
- Strategies learned in therapy may be immediately applied by an individual to living in their existing community and family environment.
- One’s family and local support networks may actively participate in the treatment process, which is critical to successful and lasting recovery.
Weekly Treatment Schedule: Individuals will receive ten hours of substance abuse treatment weekly. Nine of these hours will be a combination of group and family therapy. One hour will be individual, one-on-one therapy.
Treatment hours vary with several different daytime and evening options available. We make every effort to minimize the potential disruptions to a person’s daily schedule outside of treatment. A person may opt for either three or five days per week of treatment. The length of the program is between four and twelve weeks, in accordance with an individual’s needs.
Admissions: To begin the admission process, call 951-205-5888 or complete our online contact form. A member of the caring and knowledgeable Brisas team will follow-up promptly to answer and questions and conduct a pre-screening call. A pre-screening call is where we begin learning about an individual’s unique situation and needs so that we can start to customize their treatment program. We take this time to understand their circumstances with regard to housing, work, school, insurance, and where they are in the recovery process. This information helps us to serve a person’s needs more comprehensively, therefore minimizing any outside distractions and allowing them to focus more fully on treatment.
Before beginning treatment, we conduct a comprehensive evaluation. This includes a detailed medical check-up and testing administered by a licensed, on site medical doctor. Our highly trained masters and doctorate level psychiatric team will conduct a full battery of psychological testing. They will also take a complete history of all addictions, co-occurring disorders, and other concerns that may impact the chances for a successful recovery.
Once we understand a person’s full medical, psychological, and personal history, we are able to design a highly customized program to suit their unique needs.
Brisas incorporates a wide variety of therapeutic interventions and services to provide a comprehensive formula for lasting recovery, including the following:
- Dual-diagnosis, psychiatric, and physician services
- State of the art diagnostics
- Cognitive behavioral therapies (including dialectical behavioral modalities)
- Mindfulness training
- Neurofeedback therapy
- Substance abuse and relapse prevention education
- Communications skills training
- Motivational enhancement therapy
- Stress management
- Health & Nutrition Education
- Family education and support
- Aftercare and alumni services
Brisas also offers a variety of wellness services to complement the use of traditional addiction therapies. Their use of cutting edge technology, such as neurofeedback, has proven to promote and aid in the recovery process. Various mindfulness practices such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation are also offered so that individuals may learn techniques to manage urges, overcome cravings, and reduce anxiety.
Brisas Recovery and Wellness Center has the unique distinction of being one of the few, if only physician-led outpatient treatment centers in the country. Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished and internationally recognized expert in the field of addiction. He has earned diplomates from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Medication: Many people believe that by using pharmaceuticals to aid in the recovery process, one addiction is being replaced with another. However, in some cases, using medication can be a helpful tool to control cravings and identify triggers in early recovery. Medication can also be useful in treating co-occurring disorders such as ADHD, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. The use of medication in addiction recovery can be compared to the use of railings to teach someone to walk again after an injury. Without the railings, learning to walk again would be infinitely harder, if not impossible. That said, not every person will need or want to use medication as part of their treatment plan. This is one, of several areas, where Brisas takes care to individualize treatment.
Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders & Diseases: Brisas has an onsite team of highly trained and experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders that may co-occur with addiction. Untreated psychiatric conditions, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder are often a catalyst for addiction relapse, as a person may be tempted to self-medicate to alleviate these unpleasant symptoms.
It is also important to address and manage the presence of any infectious diseases, such as HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Brisas subscribes to the belief that treatment of the whole person, including disease management, is essential to successful recovery. Our qualified team will help patients manage both the physical and psychological impacts of dealing with infectious disease.
Brisas will fully evaluate each patient and determine the presence of any co-occurring disorders and diseases so that these disorders may be treated in tandem with their addiction. Treatment for any identified disorders or diseases will be customized to include such modalities as targeted traditional psychotherapy, specific life skills training, mindfulness based approaches, and medical treatment when it is determined to be both necessary and appropriate.
Targeted Therapy: Underlying each person’s addiction is a history of various life experiences that may have contributed to their addiction. This is another area where Brisas takes care to fully evaluate and understand the personal history of each patient. Traumatic life experiences such as abuse, neglect, loss of a loved one, and financial problems are some of the factors that may trigger future relapse if left untreated. The expertise of our psychiatric team allows us to provide targeted therapy in the specific areas of need for each person. During treatment, individuals will learn to manage feelings and reactions to these underlying issues in a healthy and natural manner, without the use of addictive substances or behaviors.
Aftercare & Alumni Services: Recovery from addiction is possible, but there is no magic cure and long term commitment is required to achieve lasting sobriety. For this reason, Brisas offers aftercare and other services to alumni of the Intensive Outpatient Treatment program, providing them with ongoing guidance and support during recovery.
- SMART Recovery Support Groups
SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) is an addiction recovery support group that teaches participants the tools they need to maintain long term recovery. The philosophy of these groups is differentiated from 12 step groups by the fact that they are based upon the latest scientific research around addiction. Another key differentiator is the group’s focus on self reliance, rather than the idea of powerlessness. Brisas has four SMART certified facilitators on staff who lead regularly scheduled meetings on the Brisas campus. These meetings are open to alumni of Brisas, as well as others seeking support during recovery.
- 12 Step Meetings
12 step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are based upon a set of spiritual practices and principles. The 12 step program consists of three major parts; attending meetings, sponsorship of other addicts, and providing acts of service. Brisas offers a regular schedule of 12 step meetings, which are open to alumni of our Intensive Outpatient Program and others seeking support during recovery.
- Sober Living
Sober Living is a home where a small group of people who are in early recovery, live together in a supportive and structured environment. Often addicts face the challenge of having to return to the same unhealthy environment that may have contributed to their addiction initially. Residing in a Sober Living facility provides additional time and a safe space where one can learn to adapt to early recovery in a supportive setting, while surrounded by others who are eager to sustain lasting recovery.Brisas is affiliated with several state of the art Sober Living facilities located within a five to ten mile radius of the wellness center. These facilities share similar values and philosophies with Brisas, providing consistency for those who choose to live there during or after treatment. As an added convenience, Brisas will provide transportation to and from Sober Living to those who reside there while attending the Intensive Outpatient Program.
- SMART Recovery Support Groups