What Is an IOP & Why Is It Used?
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a type of
addiction treatment program that allows individuals to continue living at home while visiting a specialized
treatment center several times a week for various therapies. IOPs can
also be used as part of a
dual-diagnosis treatment program, providing support to those with co-occurring mental and/or behavioral
health disorders. Individuals who enter an intensive outpatient program
for substance abuse can expect to receive intensive, individualized care
without having to live at a rehab center. Alternatively, clients admitted
into inpatient treatment live fulltime at a treatment facility.
Generally speaking, intensive outpatient programs are appropriate only
when the individual has adequate support outside of the treatment center.
Having this support network is critical throughout the recovery process,
especially its earliest stages. IOPs are typically
not recommended for those struggling with severe substance use disorders or
those who do not have adequate at-home support.
Many people benefit from intensive outpatient rehab programs when treating
depression, various substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and behavioral
disorders. In some cases, people enter IOPs after going through a residential
or inpatient treatment program. In these instances, intensive outpatient
programs are part of the continuum of care individuals can receive as
they overcome addiction.
What Are the Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Treatment?
Intensive outpatient programs offer numerous benefits for those working
on recovering from substance use disorders, managing co-occurring mental
and behavioral health disorders, and treating eating disorders. However,
they are not right for everyone.
Individuals who live in abusive, harmful, and/or unsupportive environments
may need to go to a residential treatment facility. Some individuals,
on the other hand, can benefit quite a bit from a less concentrated approach
to addiction treatment and recovery.
Intensive outpatient treatment programs come with many benefits and advantages,
including but not limited to:
- Allowing individuals to live in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded
by their loved ones, between treatment sessions
- The opportunity for individuals to continue living independent lives while
receiving intensive, highly focused treatment
- Permitting individuals to keep their jobs, attend school, and tend to their
personal responsibilities while getting help for addiction
Who Is Best Suited for IOPs?
Intensive outpatient programs are best for those who don’t require
around-the-clock care and support. Often, around-the-clock treatment is
necessary for those who are suffering from severe substance use disorders,
including those who need clinical
detox. Individuals who have already been through treatment and are experiencing
a relapse may also need more continuous care than IOPs offer.
IOPs may be right for you if you’re further along in your recovery
journey and you have a safe, substance-free home environment. IOPs work
particularly well for individuals that have a strong support system or
circle of friends.
If you’re not sure whether or not you should enroll in an IOP for
addiction recovery, don’t worry. You can receive professional guidance
and direction from our team here at Grace Land Recovery. We are here to
help you as you move forward and leave addiction in your past.
Contact us today to learn more about our intensive outpatient program in Memphis.
How Does Intensive Outpatient Treatment Work?
An intensive outpatient program typically requires clients to dedicate
6 to 30 hours per week to treatment for a period of about 90 days. Hours
may be adjusted per week as clients progress. At Grace Land Recovery,
we offer a personalized approach to addiction and dual-diagnosis treatment,
including ongoing assessments of our clients’ needs and appropriate
Although every situation is unique, intensive outpatient treatment often
involves some combination of the following therapies:
Certain situations may also call for various specified therapy modalities,
anger management therapy,
EMDR therapy, or
trauma therapy. Each of these therapies can help recovering individuals in various ways.
For example, therapy can help people identify and address the underlying
causes of addiction in their lives. Counseling can also assist people
in working through social and mental challenges, and family counseling
can help individuals heal relationships.
At Grace Land Recovery, we offer a full range of intensive outpatient treatments
and therapies. We strive to make our services as convenient and accessible
as possible, which is why we provide telehealth therapy and accept all
major insurance carriers. We also offer
relapse prevention training. Our professional staff understands that relapse is a possibility, so,
we work to help our clients develop the tools and skills they need to
maintain their sobriety.
How Effective Are IOPs?
Research shows that IOPs can be just as effective as inpatient treatment
for some individuals. At Grace Land Recovery, we want to make sure you
get the most out of your treatment. Whether that means a standard outpatient
program, a partial hospitalization program, or an IOP, we’re here
to provide the highest standard of care.
Take the First Step in Your Recovery; Enroll in Our IOP Today
It can be difficult to figure out where to turn when you’re suffering
from addiction. Knowing who to call, where to go, and what to do can be
extremely overwhelming, but our team is determined to make the recovery
process as seamless and accessible as possible for you.
Our mission is to provide our clients with the best substance abuse and
mental health services available. We also work to offer comprehensive
care that addresses the personal and individual needs of each of our patients.
At Grace Land Recovery, you can rest assured that your needs are our top
priority, and your health is our focus. That’s why we strive to
create an environment where our patients can experience acceptance, guidance,
and overall peace.