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What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) typically includes 9 to 15 hours of addiction treatment a week. Most times, this is spread over four or five weekdays. Many treatment centers offer intensive outpatient rehab in either the morning or evening, so it’s possible to continue fulfilling work, school, or family obligations.

An IOP can ease the transition between residential treatment or a partial hospitalization program and independence in recovery. If you don’t require a higher level of care, IOP can be a good option if you can’t take time away from work or family. An intensive outpatient program will mainly consist of group therapy. You may also meet with an individual therapist or case manager from time to time. As the name implies, you receive treatment on an outpatient basis, so you don’t live at the treatment facility like you would in residential care (also known as an inpatient treatment program).

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines intensive outpatient programs as Level II substance abuse care. Level II is a lower level of care than inpatient rehab and a higher level of care than other types of outpatient rehab. The goals of an IOP are to:

  • Help you learn how to manage early-stage relapse symptoms.
  • Teach healthy coping skills.
  • Build support systems.
  • Help you achieve emotional, physical, psychological, and social health in recovery.

What Therapies Are Offered in an IOP?

Types of treatment offered in an IOP depend on which program you attend. The main component of intensive outpatient treatment is group therapy. Many addiction treatment centers like Vogue Recovery Center also provide one-on-one counseling as part of intensive outpatient care.

Outpatient care may include:

  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Group therapy
  • Medication management
  • Co-occurring mental health disorder treatment
  • Relapse-prevention training
  • Trauma therapies like EMDR
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Family therapy

Is an Intensive Outpatient Program Right for Me?

Many people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse find they need the structure and 24-hour support of residential treatment in the early days of sobriety. Having physical distance from everyday triggers can provide space to focus solely on yourself and build the skills needed to navigate these triggers.

An intensive outpatient program is different from inpatient rehab. It may be a good fit if you:

  • Need a step-down treatment option as you transition out of inpatient rehab or a partial hospitalization program.
  • Don’t require a higher level of care.
  • Cannot take time away from home or work responsibilities.
  • Need more structure than a typical outpatient program.

Medical and behavioral health professionals will recommend an appropriate level of care for you based on factors like:

  • The severity of your drug or alcohol dependency.
  • If you need mental health treatment for co-occurring disorders.
  • Your history of relapses and/or risk of relapse.

What Happens After Intensive Outpatient Treatment?

Many people gradually transition into independence by attending an outpatient program (OP) after intensive outpatient treatment. The difference between an IOP and an OP is the number of hours you spend in treatment. An outpatient program is usually just one to three hours a week of group therapy. It provides a weekly touchpoint in a treatment setting where you process challenges to your sobriety and practice relapse-prevention skills. Some people choose to live at a sober-living residence during and after the outpatient treatment process.

Vogue’s Intensive Outpatient Programs

Vogue Recovery Center offers intensive outpatient programs at our Las Vegas and Phoenix rehab centers. Our IOPs provide regular structure, support from peers in recovery, and guidance from behavioral health professionals. Your outpatient treatment plan will vary by your needs and the Vogue location, but may include:

  • Case manager
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Evidence-based behavioral therapies
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Trauma therapies
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Relapse-prevention training
  • Sober-living residences

Depending on your needs, you’ll attend outpatient substance abuse treatment up to 15 hours a week. The duration of IOP addiction treatment depends on your individual recovery journey. Some clients are ready to transition out of the program in 24 weeks. Others may need longer. The time it takes to feel confident in recovery and build strong skills to prevent relapses is different for everyone.

Vogue Recovery Center offers these treatment options for intensive outpatient clients:

  • Phoenix, Arizona intensive outpatient program: 9am to 12pm, Monday through Friday
  • Las Vegas, Nevada intensive outpatient program: 9:30am-12:30pm, Monday through Friday or 5:30pm-8:30pm, Monday through Thursday

Insurance and Admissions

Paying for drug rehab feels stressful for many people. The truth is addiction treatment may be more affordable than you think. Our Arizona and Nevada treatment centers are in-network with several providers, and we accept most major insurances.

We understand this decision is a difficult one, and we want to help make this time as stress-free as possible. Vogue Recovery Center offers both inpatient and outpatient care options. Our compassionate admissions team can help you determine which is best for you and help with all the logistics, like verifying benefits and figuring out how to discuss your situation with work or school. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation.