Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are popular choices for those looking to continue treatment that is a step down from inpatient care and partial hospitalization. Some choose an intensive outpatient program after they have been sober for a period of time but have noticed they are having negative thoughts, cravings, or the temptation to engage in problematic behaviors. After going through a treatment program, it is highly recommended that those in recovery continue regular therapy sessions. This is, in part, because a counselor can notice changes in a person’s thinking or behaviors. If a therapist notices red flags, they can recommend a client seek additional treatment. An IOP offers a way to jump-start recovery without completely disrupting personal obligations to work and family.
For more information about the benefits of an intensive outpatient program in California, reach out to Solution Based Treatment & Detox today at 833.999.1941 for more information about our programs and services.
What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program?
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is designed for those who have already detoxed and started their recovery journey. Many who opt for an IOP do so because they believe that more time spent heavily engaged in therapeutic treatment will help them stay sober. Other reasons to consider an IOP include:
- Regular access to medical doctors and mental health practitioners
- A similar level of care as inpatient treatment but without the same financial obligations
- An opportunity to expand your social safety net by meeting others in recovery
- Increased autonomy as clients return home at the end of each treatment day
Benefits of an IOP
The pros and cons of an IOP depend on the individual and their particular life circumstances. When discussing the best services for a person in recovery, it’s important to focus on their current status in the present.
IOPs offer a level of flexibility that can be helpful for those that are further along in their recovery process. On the other hand, a person who has recently begun their recovery journey could be at risk of relapse if they are not in a more controlled setting.
Statistically, programs that are high intensity have a better success rate when compared to those that are less involved. An IOP involves a level of commitment, regular contact with physical and mental healthcare providers, individual and group therapy sessions, and other activities that are not part of less rigorous programs such as general outpatient treatment (OT).
A person in an IOP is not in a treatment center full-time. The benefit of this is that a person has likely returned to at least some of their everyday activities and obligations. As a result, they have the opportunity to practice coping mechanisms, life skills, and other therapeutic strategies that they have learned in treatment to avoid high-risk triggers and manage negative thoughts and feelings. Clients can then report back to their medical doctors and mental health counselors about their real-life experiences practicing strategies learned in treatment.
Community is a big part of treatment. At SBT, there is a strong sober community that can help guide you on your personal path to lasting sobriety. Connecting with like-minded others, 12-step programs, anonymous groups, and a sober sponsor are all ways that can help clients stay accountable as they learn to navigate sober life.
For those who are seeking a certain level of discretion, outpatient programs can offer a level of privacy that is typically unavailable in a residential setting.
Contact SBT Today to Learn More about our IOP
At Solution Based Treatment & Detox, we offer a wide range of programs and services that are personalized to meet the needs of our clients.
Our services include but are not limited to:
- Drug and alcohol detox
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Residential treatment program
- Gender-specific rehab
- Dual diagnosis treatment
If you or someone you care about is struggling in their recovery, we encourage you to reach out to us today at 833.999.1941 to speak with a trained representative for more information about our IOP and other programs. We look forward to helping you stay on the path toward lasting sobriety.