As individuals work through the addiction treatment process, they may find that they require less and less care as they progress. Intensive outpatient treatment or IOP can meet the needs of these patients as they move beyond the need for residential treatment or PHP.
IOP offers support and services multiple days a week for a number of hours at a time. However, individuals also find at this stage they have more freedom to care for their families and even resume employment while participating in this treatment.
What is IOP?
IOP is a treatment program that typically involves approximately 10 hours a week of treatment and services. Individuals in this program usually meet three nights or three mornings each week for around three hours at a time. Therapy typically takes place in a group setting most of the time, although individual counseling may still be available once or twice a week. The primary purpose of IOP is to teach and reinforce important recovery skills that keep patients on the right track of sobriety and prevent a potential relapse.
Who is an IOP for?
An IOP may be the right treatment option for the following:
Individuals that have successfully completed a PHP and are ready for the next phase of treatment
Individuals that are living independently but still need more support than a weekly meeting
People that are still working through many of the issues that hinder the early recovery process
Those that need additional support as they work on integrating back into their daily lives