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Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

If you suffer from addiction or substance abuse, an intensive outpatient program (IOP) may be an effective path to recovery. Although an IOP may not be right for everyone, many people have found hope and recovery through this model of treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Programs is an Effective Treatment

Addiction specialists recommend IOP for some patients for several different reasons. An IOP can be a stand-alone Treatment, a supplemental, or a follow-up treatment for people who have gone through other forms of treatment. An IOP is frequently used as a follow-up treatment once a patient has completed an inpatient treatment program. In our facilities it is typically 3 days a week/ 3 hours a day for 2 months. It is often flexible to be chosen at night, or day depending on the patient’s schedule.

Who and When is the IOP the Perfect Solution

This would be for the student that wants to continue their studies, or a working adult that wants to continue their occupation. The inpatient program allows the person to step back from outside influences that may cause relapse. Outpatient treatment, on the other hand, helps the patient to reintegrate into normal life. Because the treatment fits into the patient’s normal schedule, he or she can learn how to stay sober and practice recovery techniques while living normally.

When is the IOP NOT the Solution

If the patient is seeking treatment for the first time and has had a physical episode that affected their health and physical being they would probably best be directed to speak to a professional for the best Treatment for them. You may take our confidential Self-Assessment test on line for you own evaluations. In this case you should Contact us.


IOP: A Flexible Form of Treatment

Intensive outpatient programs are flexible, and can be used to treat a number of different types of addiction. Common drug addictions that can be treated with an IOP include: Alcohol, Heroin, Opiates, Benzodiazepines, Crack/cocaine, Meth.

Cost of IOP

This form of treatment is one of the most affordable. Often private pay is used to complete. It can be made even more affordable if your selected IOP accepts health insurance.

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Consult Addiction Professionals When Choosing Treatment

As with other forms of treatment, it’s best to consult with recovery professionals before deciding on a Treatment program. Your situation and insurance benefits may be well suited for inpatient treatment before an IOP, or you may be able to start an IOP immediately. This is all based on the patient’s condition. Getting advice of a medical professional, or one of our clinical counselors will give you the best assessment of your situation. Take our confidential FREE Self-Assessment, Contact Us, or tell us about yourself with our confidential FREE Submission form.

Most addiction experts recommend IOP for the following patients:

  • For patients that are directly being discharged from an inpatient treatment center to continue re-acclimation back to a normal routine safely and avoiding triggers.
  • For patients required by their employer, college counselor, or family that have NOT had a physical episode affecting their health. Many patients have succeeded if their addiction has progressed too far along.
  • When the patients use the IOP in connection with an outside support group as well.

In any case if you, or your loved one has had a difficulty with drugs, or alcohol, please do something about it NOW.

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Weighing the Benefits of Outpatient IOP vs. Inpatient Treatment

The difference between inpatient and outpatient care comes down to where you live while you receive treatment. With inpatient care, you actually live in the treatment facility while receiving care. With outpatient treatment, you live elsewhere, be it your own home, a halfway house, or a sober living community.

There are pros and cons for Outpatient Treatment.

Some of the advantages to Outpatient Treatment include:

  • Having the opportunity to work or be in school while you get treatment.
  • Living in your own home.
  • More potential for contact with your family.
  • Saving money on housing and food by paying for those things on your own.

Outpatient Treatment can save you money if you have arranged other living arrangements. However, this type of treatment may not be best for everyone, so it’s best to consult with your doctor, or our clinical counselors to see what is called for in your particular situation.

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Examples of Positive Outpatient Results

Depending on the length of time you’ve been battling addiction, outpatient may be the best and most affordable treatment option. One recent study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, found that young men who were addicted to prescription pills were able to shake their addiction 50% of the time with a combination of detox, outpatient therapy, chemical therapy, and on-going support groups.

Outpatient treatment works especially well for people with a solid support system. Having family and friends who are committed to the success of your recovery can make the difference between relapse and continued sobriety.

Some of the downsides of outpatient treatment:

  • Potential of using substance in between sessions. They are only 3 hours a day/3 days a week.
  • There is little separation, or break from the patient’s life style in which they were using.
  • The patient can have the tendency to live in two lives, one in recovery and one in their old life.