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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

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An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a comprehensive behavioral health care program for people battling with drugs or alcohol abuse and often co-occurring medical or mental health problems. IOP allows the patient to only have to visit our facility several days a week for a few hours at a time. 

Intensive outpatient programs do require more time than a common outpatient program. Unlike an inpatient treatment program, it does not require the patient to have to stay at our facility 24-hours per day.

Behavioral Health Centers proudly offer intensive outpatient programs included within the several different options for what is considered to be outpatient treatment. This type of program can be in lieu of an inpatient treatment program for addiction or co-occurring disorders. 

Can I Detox In An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

Unfortunately, intensive outpatient programs typically do not offer detox services. If detox is needed, our intensive outpatient program at Behavioral Health Centers will assist you in going through detox before you begin an IOP. Our goal is to assist in all of the problems people face while seeking treatment and our medical professionals are here to help you through that entire process. 

However, a lot of patients are not affected by severe withdrawal symptoms and are able to manage the detox process without the assistance of medical detox. Those that are not severely affected by withdrawal symptoms are able to begin treatment right away without going through detox first. 

This is not always the case especially when substance abuse is severe or the addiction has been going on for a lengthy amount of time. Some individuals will battle with withdrawal symptoms that may affect the chances of a possible relapse. That is why it is important to seek medical professional assistance from our health center to assure that you or your loved one is able to maintain successful treatment. 

What Is The Difference Between Inpatient And Intensive Outpatient Programs?

The largest contrast between an intensive outpatient program and inpatient is that patients treated in an inpatient program spend 24-hours a day at our health center while receiving treatment. Our inpatient program also offers other services and even amenities that our intensive outpatient program does not. This includes healthy meals, room, and board, alternative treatments including recreational activities, and round the clock medical and behavioral health assistance. 

Our inpatient program is strongly recommended for patients who have been battling addiction for a long period of time and/or are abusing drugs and/or alcohol frequently and in large amounts. It is common for patients in an inpatient program to have been faced with numerous relapses or have sought addiction treatment in the past. 

Residential treatment is also a good fit for those that face unstable homes or have a lack of a good support system. Inpatient is also especially useful if there is a co-occurring mental health issue that ultimately can trigger a relapse.

It is also very common for a patient to transfer from an inpatient program to an intensive outpatient program upon completion of the inpatient treatment plan. This assists them in trying to slowly readjust back into their daily lives and regular routines and schedules while still allowing them to receive professional care and treatment to help them on the path to lasting sobriety. 

However, sometimes it is necessary for a patient who starts off in a standard outpatient program to switch to an intensive outpatient program if the standard treatment process is not effective or they still find themselves struggling with their sobriety. With each person, we find their needs are unique so sometimes it takes adjusting treatment at our health center to obtain optimal results and successful treatment. 

Some of the advantages of inpatient programs include but are not limited to:

  • Round the clock medical and behavioral health care
  • A stable and structured environment free of triggers to take drugs and/or alcohol

Some of the disadvantages of inpatient programs include but are not limited to:

  • Higher costs than an intensive outpatient program
  • Time requirements at the health center which could affect family and/or work responsibilities

Some of the advantages of intensive outpatient programs include but are not limited to:

  • Remaining to live at home while seeking treatment
  • Lower costs than an inpatient program
  • Flexible schedule allowing the patient to continue with a normal family and/or work responsibilities

Some of the disadvantages of intensive outpatient programs include but are not limited to:

  • Remaining at home and/or an environment where triggers and temptations to abuse drugs and/or alcohol continue
  • Reduced medical care
  • Medical detox program

How Long Does Intensive Outpatient Programs Last?

Intensive outpatient programs usually require 9 or more hours of treatment per day for an average of 3 to 5 days per week. However, each program can be tailored for the patient’s particular needs so fewer hours are sometimes considered. The typical length of treatment while in an intensive outpatient program can vary from as little as 6 hours per week up to as many as 30 hours per week and typically programs last about 90 days. 

Although 90 days is the typical amount of time in an IOP, it can be tailored to meet the patient’s needs. So depending on how well they do in the intensive outpatient treatment can either lessen the amount of time or increase the amount of time in the program. 

Types of Addiction Treatment in Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

At Behavioral Health Centers, our intensive outpatient programs are operated by highly trained and professional medical staff, certified addiction treatment counselors, and behavioral therapists. Our IOP program uses various addiction treatments and behavioral health therapies. 

Our treatment programs and therapies are tailored to fit each patient and their unique set of afflictions. Everyone faces different obstacles in treatment, which require different addiction or mental health treatment options in order to be the most effective.

Some addiction and behavioral treatment methods used in partial hospitalization programs include but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT derives from the idea that thoughts and harmful and negative behaviors like drug and/or alcohol abuse are learned behaviors and that their needs to be a behavior modification of how the patient thinks and behaves. New coping skills are taught and designed to assist them when dealing with triggers in their lives. 
  • The Matrix Model – The Matrix Model uses a combination of other treatment methods including cognitive behavioral therapy, the 12-step program, and motivational interviewing. It is strongly rooted in building a deep relationship with a behavioral therapist and helps teach patients how to improve time management skills, engaging in support groups, and teaching techniques on how to prevent a relapse. 
  • Motivational Interviewing – Therapy is used to assist the patient in better understanding why they didn’t seek treatment before and help them to feel more comfortable with the treatment process. It encourages the patient to explore how drugs and/or alcohol are affecting their lives and goals. It also focuses on learning to be more responsible in the behaviors and assists with modifying the negatives associated with drug and/or alcohol abuse.
  • The 12 Step Program – Teaches the basic principles of each of the 12 steps and encourages open discussion about their struggles with drug and/or alcohol addiction or abuse by meeting in groups with other addicts that openly share their stories of addiction and recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are held every day and usually, you can find various times and locations no matter where you are located within the United States. 

Intensive Outpatient Program Schedule

Our intensive outpatient program schedule is determined by our behavioral therapists and addiction counselors. The first step is an assessment of the patient’s individual needs for treatment.

A personalized treatment program is then created. The patient will work with a behavioral therapist and/or addiction counselor on a schedule to determine how many hours and days are needed for successful treatment. Progress or lack thereof will affect the schedule so it is important that the patient be willing to embrace the process to begin the road to addiction recovery and improved mental health. 

Common types of treatment sessions with an intensive outpatient program include but are not limited to:

  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Relapse prevention groups
  • Skill-building treatments
  • Codependency support groups
  • Addiction to educational training
  • 12-step meetings
  • Process group counseling
  • Addiction to education
  • Process group counseling

Drug Testing While In An Intensive Outpatient Program

At Behavioral Health Centers our intensive outpatient programs include conducting regular drug tests. The frequency of drug testing does vary and will either increase or decrease based on the results of the previous testing. It can be as little as once a week or in excess of three times per week. Often testing is performed randomly and without prior knowledge to the patient to ensure honest results. 

We drug test our patients to assist them in staying on course with the treatment program. This helps to ensure that the patient is following the rules to help maintain sobriety as well as to protect other patients in the treatment program. If one patient relapses within the program it can trigger substance abuse in other patients.

What Can You Expect After Completion Of An Intensive Outpatient Program?

Once a patient has successfully completed the intensive outpatient program the behavioral therapist and/or addiction counselor will recommend a continued treatment program with a less intensive level of care.

Typical continued treatment programs include but are not limited to:

  • Group therapy sessions in an outpatient program
  • Individual counseling and/or therapy sessions 
  • Recovery meetings in a 12 step program
  • Family therapy 
  • Medical care and/or drug treatment

There is no cure for drug and/or alcohol addiction, especially when there is a co-occurring medical and/or mental health problems. To remain successful in sobriety it involves hard work. Long-term sobriety requires ongoing treatment even after completion of an intensive outpatient program. 

The therapy sessions and group meetings will offer continued support. Therapy will also assist the patient with remaining positive, motivated, and to properly work a relapse prevention program. If this is done, the chances of having continued sobriety and improved mental health will increase. 

Does An Intensive Outpatient Program Sound Right For You?

Our facility is nestled in the heart of Florida’s famed Treasure Coast in Martin County. Our patients’ treatment experiences are cutting-edge, evidence-based therapies, and programs that we employ in individualized treatment plans. 

If intensive outpatient program treatment sounds like it may be right for you and the problems you face, give our professionals at Behavioral Health Centers contact us today for a FREE consultation.