Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

What is IOP?

With the COVID19 pandemic many clients have chosen to use this safe, HIPAA complaint IOP therapy method to begin their new sober journeys. An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is an addiction treatment program that is designed for clients who are ready to return to work, school, and other responsibilities or who do not require a higher level of care. IOP does not provide round-the-clock supervision but allows flexibility for clients to focus on their recovery while they transition back into their communities. 

Unlike residential treatment programs, IOP does not require that clients live onsite at the rehab center. Instead, many IOP clients live in their homes, at a sober living house or in another safe living environment while they complete treatment.

IOP can also be completed in conjunction with other addiction treatment programs to promote a gradual and smooth transition back into “everyday life” after treatment.

The main goals of IOP are to:

  • Help clients learn how to mitigate risk for relapse and effectively manage a reoccurrence of symptoms
  • Develop strategies to cope with cravings, triggers, and high-risk situations
  • Establish a strong sober support system
  • Address issues related to social, psychological, and emotional well-being
  • Promote family healing and growth

Advantages of IOP

IOP is an important part of the treatment process and can aid in the transition out of residential rehab or a higher level of care. IOP gives clients the flexibility to be fully engaged in treatment while still maintaining other responsibilities like employment, childcare, or school.

In addition to providing tools for sustained sobriety, IOP gives clients an opportunity to develop healthy communication skills as they receive support and feedback from other people in similar situations. This reinforces healthy relationship-building efforts and encourages clients to be honest and open in a safe space.

Empathetic and positive behaviors modeled by treatment professionals and other clients in IOP can also be a valuable teaching tool for people who are new to recovery.

IOP is not only advantageous for the individual client, but also for the family as a whole. Family therapy engages the entire family unit in the recovery process so they can begin to understand and validate each other’s experiences, repair past hurts, and explore the various ways addiction affects family relationships. With the guidance of an addiction treatment professional, clients and their loved ones can learn how to change harmful behaviors and restructure the way the family operates.

IOP Services at Positive Recovery

At Positive Recovery Centers, IOP clients spend 9-12 hours in treatment each week (at least 3 days a week) for a total of six to eight weeks. Each group session lasts about three hours and is facilitated in a structured, supportive setting led by licensed professionals. The first 90 minutes of the session is focused on psychoeducation while the second 90 minutes is group therapy. Clients are allowed a short break in between.

Our core IOP services include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Ongoing chemical dependency education
  • Aftercare Alumni group

IOP is customized on a case-by-case basis to address the specific treatment needs of each client. Our program differs from other intensive outpatient programs because it incorporates Dr. Powers’ scientifically validated and strength-based approach to addiction treatment, called Positive Recovery.

By combining Positive Recovery methods with other evidence-based strategies and treatments, our IOP empowers clients to discover meaning and purpose in their lives without relying on drugs or alcohol.

Is IOP Right for Me?

IOP may be right for you if:

  • You have completed a higher level of care and are ready to return to work, school, or your family.
  • Your treatment team has determined that medical supervision is not necessary.
  • You have access to a safe, supportive, and substance-free living environment while you’re in treatment.
  • Your treatment team in detox or residential rehab has recommended that you continue your treatment with IOP.

At Positive Recovery Centers, our staff is here to help you through each step of the treatment process. We will determine whether IOP is suitable for you based on your medical needs and the criteria developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

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A happy, sober life may seem far away, but at Positive Recovery Centers, anything is possible. We’ll be right beside you each step of the way. Call (713) 904-4699 to speak with a member of our staff about our Intensive Outpatient Program or to enroll today.

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