What to Expect from Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Intensive Outpatient Treatment, more commonly referred to as IOP, is a treatment stage that generally follows PHP or residential inpatient but can be a stand alone treatment option. Most IOP programs meet for between three and five days a week for four or five hours each day. IOP is an ideal option for someone who has completed a higher level of care, or for someone who is suffering from a mild or moderate substance abuse disorder and no underlying issues. When entering into an IOP program, you can expect several hours of group therapy and recovery-related group workshops every day the group meets. A strong emphasis is placed on relapse prevention training, and clients have the opportunity to process their day-to-day experiences in early sobriety with a group of their peers. These experiences are processed in a safe and supportive setting, and clients learn how to communicate with one another in healthy and productive ways as they offer support and encouragement.
An emphasis is also placed on life skills training. Clients learn the skills they need to interview for jobs, stay committed to careers long-term, save and budget their earnings, continue their educational pursuits (if desired), communicate effectively in a variety of settings, work towards financial independence and care for themselves in a variety of other ways.
IOP allows individuals to slowly re-integrate into the world-at-large, learning little-by-little how to live life sober.