Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Orange County Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program

When it comes to treatment for addiction, there are patients who don’t need around-the-clock supervision in a facility, but they may not be ready yet for an outpatient program that meets only once or twice a week. If you find yourself in that situation and you are unsure of what kind of treatment is right for you, you may discover that an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) could be a good option.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)This type of outpatient therapy bridges the space between in-house care and a loosely structured program that takes place outside of a residential treatment facility. Generally spanning 30 to 90 days and taking place after the initial detoxification stage is completed, intensive outpatient treatment has a more solid schedule of sessions than traditional outpatient programs. Usually, if you are in IOP you meet for sessions a few days a week, for a few hours each time, although that can vary. At the same time, you aren’t under the rules of a rehabilitation facility, as in a Partial Hospitalization Program, but instead you are living in your own home while also fulfilling the obligations of your daily life, such as school or work. Intensive outpatient therapy has been growing in popularity in recent years as an option for addiction treatment. It’s a program that offers flexibility while still giving you the tools you need for building a long-term foundation for recovery.

Intensive Outpatient Rehabilitation and Therapy

An outpatient substance abuse program should provide you with the necessary support to help you as you pursue sobriety. An IOP can meet that goal with a schedule of therapy sessions (which can be held one-on-one or in a group setting) and education about co-occurring mental health issues that can be part of substance abuse. Services that are offered in an IOP are defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which operates under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Generally, the goals of an Intensive Outpatient Program include helping you prevent relapses early in recovery; develop coping strategies; find the necessary support partners for your recovery, such as a counselor or a sponsor through groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous; and addressing the underlying issues of your addiction. There is no predetermined length of time an IOP should last because it depends on your individual response to treatment.

An IOP also gives you the opportunity to immediately try out the tools you are learning in therapy sessions because you are in a “real world” setting. It can help you figure out more quickly what works for you and what doesn’t, as well as spot any potential obstacles to recovery that you can address during a treatment session.

We are pleased to offer Intensive Outpatient Programs as an option for our clients at Sheer Recovery. If you choose this mode of treatment, you can rest assured you will still get the strong base of support from our experienced staff as you would during a stay at our residential facility. You will learn ways to make recovery a reality as you go through your normal daily routines, applying the tools and techniques you discover through therapy. This type of intensive outpatient therapy has the potential to be very beneficial as you carve out your path towards sobriety once treatment ends.

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