An intensive outpatient program (IOP) provides comprehensive treatment for addiction while allowing the recovering individual to live at home.
These programs require more hours per week in treatment than standard outpatient care. They may also offer a broader range of therapies.
Intensive outpatient programs are often used as a step-down from residential addiction treatment to help people transition back to everyday life.
For individuals who only receive outpatient care, and IOP may give them the extra time they need to heal.
What To Expect In An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) may use a variety of evidence-based and experiential therapies to treat addiction.
They are often based on behavioral therapy, counseling, and addiction education. Many include art therapy, yoga, and recreational activities that promote physical and mental wellness.
Types of addiction treatment that may be offered in an intensive outpatient program include:
- behavioral therapy
- individual counseling
- recovery support groups
- spiritual support
- equine therapy
In behavioral therapy, the individual works with a therapist to pinpoint and resolve negative thought patterns that lead to substance abuse. They learn to accept themselves and cope with their emotions in a healthy way.
Individual counseling allows a person to build a personal relationship with an alcohol and drug counselor, who offers guidance.
Counseling in a one-on-one setting helps people address and resolve unique issues related to substance abuse in their lives.
Recovery Support Groups
Recovery support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and SMART Recovery, bring peers together to discuss how addiction has affected them. Group members encourage each other and may offer advice or a new perspective.
Spirituality is an important aspect of addiction treatment for many people that connects them to a higher power.
Some intensive outpatient programs offer spiritual support, such as group prayer, daily devotionals, or guided meditation.
In animal-assisted therapy, recovering individuals take care of animals, such as horses. This teaches them responsibility and accountability as they play an important role in the animal’s wellbeing.
The bond that forms between an individual and the horses they care for fosters their ability to build healthy relationships with other people as well.
How Long Is An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?
Intensive outpatient programs often require a few hours per day, three or four days a week.
Most intensive outpatient programs last a few weeks, though some may last a few months. The time someone spends in an IOP depends on their personal needs, such as the severity of addiction and their history of relapse.
A therapist often determines how long someone should remain in an IOP before completing treatment or transitioning into a lower level of outpatient care.
Why Choose An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?
Many people enter an intensive outpatient program (IOP) after completing an inpatient rehab program.
It can be a challenge to return home after residential addiction treatment. An IOP offers continued support to ease the transition and reduce the chance of relapse. It reinforces what the individual learned in treatment while allowing them to reintegrate into society.
Other reasons that someone may choose an intensive outpatient program include:
- Cost: Because the intensive outpatient program allows people to live at home, it is less expensive than inpatient care. This makes it more accessible as a standalone treatment option for those who are concerned about cost.
- Level of care: Some people may begin in a traditional outpatient program and find that they need more care than is provided. Stepping up to an IOP gives them a few more hours per week to gain tools for addiction recovery and relapse prevention.
- Flexibility: People who need to keep their job or other obligations during treatment may prefer the flexibility of an IOP, which could offer the choice of day or evening therapy sessions.
- Relapse prevention: The intensive outpatient program may be a good choice for someone who has already attended a rehab program and is worried they may relapse. The IOP helps them get back on track and strengthens their relapse prevention tools.
It takes a highly motivated individual to be successful in outpatient addiction treatment. A supportive home environment can also make a difference in recovery success.
Some people may find that the intensive outpatient program does not offer an adequate level of care.
If a person suffers from chronic relapse, co-occurring disorders, or severe addiction, they may benefit more from around-the-clock care in an inpatient rehab program.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) At Vertava Health Texas
Vertava Health Texas offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP) as part of a continuum of care or as a standalone treatment option.
Many individuals progress through residential addiction treatment to our partial hospitalization program (PHP) then to the IOP.
This gradual transition encourages a person to regain independence while still getting the support they need to stay sober.
Some IOPs provide sober living houses, which offer a safe, substance-free environment to encourage freedom and responsibility. At Vertava Health Texas, IOP participants may live in residence at the treatment center or commute from home.
Each person in Vertava Health Texas IOP receives customized care. Through a blend of therapies, recovering individuals learn coping skills, healthy living, and relapse prevention.
To learn more about the intensive outpatient program at Vertava Health Texas, speak with a treatment specialist today.