What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?
An intensive outpatient program is a structured approach to staying sober, whether you’ve completed inpatient rehab or never went in the first place. It recognizes that just because someone has graduated from a rehab program doesn’t mean that their struggle is over, or that they don’t still deserve help. By enrolling in an IOP, you can continue to receive therapy and counseling for addiction for months or years as you build on your recovery.
Intensive Outpatient vs Regular Outpatient
The defining characteristic of intensive outpatient care is that it’s less flexible and more committal than a standard outpatient program. With an outpatient program, each session might be opt-in or you may only attend one session a week.
In our intensive outpatient program, you attend at least three sessions each week, and each one lasts for three hours. Other intensive outpatient programs tend to require a 9-12 hour weekly commitment, as well. The underlying care methods, therapies, and approaches are similar, just more frequent and more structured.
Treatment in an IOP
The treatment methods in an intensive outpatient program focus on mental health and community support. While this involves the classic group counseling sessions, it also involves individual therapy and treatment. Different techniques such as dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy can help the patient build coping skills, develop mindfulness, and overcome trauma.
How An IOP Contributes to Recovery
For the most part, people pursue IOP for one or more months after completing an inpatient rehab program. Beyond furthering their treatment, it’s a continued source of encouragement and community in the journey to stay clean. Using IOP as a form of addiction aftercare to maintain your progress is the most common approach, but you can also consider enrolling straight into IOP.
Can I Enroll Directly Into IOP?
While people usually talk about intensive outpatient programs as a form of addiction aftercare, they’re surprisingly effective at treating addiction on their own. In fact, most types of patients see a similar rate of success in IOP as they do in an inpatient program. People who have a more severe or recurrent addiction might well need to go to inpatient rehab, but if you think IOP suits you then we’ll help you from there.
Enroll in Lighthouse Support Services’ IOP
If you’re looking for professional mental health support and a like-minded community of people who want to beat addiction, you’re in the right place. At Lighthouse Support Services, we’re proud of the recovery community we’ve built and want you to join us. We believe in celebrating each other’s successes, supporting each other through setbacks, and always pursuing the ultimate goal of recovery. Reach out to us today to learn more about joining our intensive outpatient program.