Intensive outpatient programs, or (IOPs) are a level of care used to treat substance abuse disorders, mental health, or continue care for these issues. IOP is a lower level of care than Partial Hospitalization Programs. Intensive outpatient allows people to continue or resume their day to day lives while continuing treatment.
Some people may enter an IOP program to begin treatment, but it is more often used as a transitional level of care between partial day treatment and standard outpatient. Intensive outpatient consists of a few hours of care, 3 to 5 days a week.
While in intensive outpatient, most people live at home, or in a sober living environment. This allows for people to resume or continue working, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy their freedoms. They can do all of these things while receiving addiction treatment and mental health treatment.
Intensive outpatient level of care is more involved than typical outpatient treatment, which may only provide one group or therapy visit per week. IOP allows for at least 3 to 5 days per week of group services, as well as ongoing therapy to address mental illness, trauma, or relapse issues.
Group therapy is the main component of IOP, and time away from treatment is spent cultivating a recovery lifestyle, building healthy relationships, and hobbies. IOP participants can explore psychosocial needs such as vocational and employment opportunities, mutual aid groups (i.e. 12-step program), while continuing to process challenges with their therapist.
What to Expect in an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program
People entering an IOP program can expect to continue or build a relationship with their therapist and peers. Programs include attending individual and group therapy while receiving evidence based treatment.
Individual therapy sessions are an important part of any treatment plan. The confidentiality and comfort of meeting one on one with a therapist is vital. Working through past traumas or issues, while identifying poor behaviors is an important part of treatment. The ability to grow is only nurtured with individual therapy.
Our therapists utilize a number of treatment modalities including CBT, DBT, and motivational therapy in conjunction with other evidence based modalities.
Group therapy is an important part of success in an intensive outpatient program. Working with peers who are going through similar situations helps people identify the strengths and pitfalls of their past actions. It also allows them to build a plan of action for long-term recovery.
The relationships between clients and their peers is vital to building a strong support system. Twelve step programs are also encouraged but not required. Group therapy is also valuable because it allows people to get feedback from others in a comforting, trusting environment. We also work with family members to help plan for long term recovery.
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Why Choose Intensive Outpatient Care
Intensive outpatient care offers structure, care, and treatment while allowing for the needs of daily life. Many people have responsibilities and are unable to be in long term inpatient care. Others need to continue care and benefit from the continued structure and stability IOP provides.
IOP can also be valuable in preventing relapse. All too often we see people attend 7 days in a detox program and think they have solved their problem. Unfortunately, drug use is only a symptom of a bigger problem that can only be addressed by therapy and a lifetime of recovery.
A full continuum of care spanning weeks to months is the true recommended course of action for those with substance abuse and mental health concerns. Longer term treatment is always beneficial wherever possible.
Our Intensive Outpatient Program
We offer intensive outpatient as well as higher levels of care. If you are unsure about what level of care suits you, call us for a free consultation. Our experienced admissions counselors and staff are here to help.
We have multiple treatment programs at a brand new facility that boasts great amenities and the highest quality of care available. Our staff is friendly, experienced and knows how to treat individual needs.
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