Intensive Outpatient Programs
An Intensive Outpatient Program offers the convenience of attending addiction therapy classes while living at home or away from our facility.
Here’s more about what happens in IOP, and how to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for this treatment program.
What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program?
An IOP is usually the next level of care patients transition to after completing a residential, inpatient, or partial hospitalization drug rehab program.
IOPs often require patients to receive at least nine hours of therapy per week, in increments of between three and eight hours, five to seven days per week.
Patients are given more flexibility so they can rebuild their personal and professional lives They have the option of receiving therapy during the day, at night, or on weekends. Over time, the frequency and length of IOP therapy sessions will taper off as patients demonstrate their motivation to stay abstinent and continue making great progress with recovery.
Which Therapies Are Included in IOPs?
IOPs offer many of the same therapies and services as those offered by residential inpatient rehab programs. Group counseling and therapy are major components of most IOPs. Group therapy helps patients strengthen their communication skills, provides a norm that reinforces healthy behaviors, and establishes a strong support network for those who benefit from staying connected with peers in recovery.
Individual counseling is another major component of IOPs that helps patients address immediate problems that may have stemmed from addiction, such as divorce or strained family relationships. Psychoeducational programming involves group discussions among patients that facilitate positive changes in their emotions and behaviors, while pharmacotherapy and medication management may be used to treat alcohol addiction, opioid use disorder, and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Who Benefits the Most From an IOP?
IOPs can greatly benefit patients who recently completed residential inpatient rehab and are ready to transition to a lower level of care. IOPs are also a good choice for those who have already completed drug and alcohol detox programs and don’t require 24-hour supervision. Ideally, patients should live in homes that are safe, stable, structured, and have available supports in the form of trusted friends, family, and community members.
Intensive Outpatient Programs at Purpose Healing Center
You may be an ideal candidate for an IOP if you are highly motivated to stay sober and recently completed drug detox and/or a residential inpatient program.
An IOP may benefit you if you’re currently working, going to school, or raising children. If you’re in a standard outpatient program but have realized you need extra support and additional therapy, switching to an IOP may be the next best step to take in your recovery.