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Intensive Outpatient

The aim of IOP is to treat the lingering effects of addiction

There’s a delicate balance that must be met during the removal of the addictive process. It lives in the time and space needed to take the principles of initial treatment and apply them to everyday life, without causing disruption to recovery. Intensive Outpatient (IOP) is the answer.

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

Intensive outpatient, or IOP, is a step-down program for clients who have either completed partial hospitalization treatment or do not require drug/alcohol detox. Designed for clients who are not at medical risk, IOP serves as a smooth transition from an intensive, full-time program back into the real world.

We offer clients in IOP between 9 and 19 hours of treatment per week. This enables our clients to maintain their jobs, be with their families, and fulfill responsibilities as much as possible. The length of the treatment depends on the client’s personal needs and the treatment track they are given.

Within the intensive outpatient program, clients continue with individual and group therapy sessions conducted by a counselor. The aim of an IOP is to treat the lingering effects of addiction, while building the healthy pathways to permanent recovery.

We may also offer support – in the form of life skills coaching, employment assistance, and resume (CV) building – to prepare graduates for a sober life in the real world.

How the Intensive Outpatient Program Works

Clients entering our intensive outpatient program first meet with an admissions counselor who provides guidance and assists clients with answers to any question they might have.

Next comes a clinical assessment and treatment planning. The individual assessment is conducted by a clinician and is designed to determine if the client is suitable for IOP treatment.

Once the clinician completes the assessment, the client meets with a counselor for a psycho-social assessment. This evaluation enables the counselor to establish goals in collaboration with the client as well as to develop a personalized treatment plan.

After the treatment plan and goals are set, the client meets with their assigned psychiatrist for the initial psychiatric evaluation. The psychiatrist will see the client as needed throughout the course of treatment for medication management.

Closeup of Palm Fronds, Florida intensive outpatient IOP program, Foundations Wellness Center
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During the intensive outpatient program, clients will spend individual time with a therapist to overcome any other issues they face. The therapy focuses on whole-person recovery, treating substance abuse addiction as well as mental health impacts.

Along with individual therapy, our IOP also offers group therapy sessions. In these groups, patients can express their addiction struggles with people who share the same struggles. Clients learn from other people’s experiences, in fact, it’s what makes treatment so successful. Also, by bonding and sharing, clients can walk the path to recovery together.

All clients can enjoy a variety of program tracks tailored to their individual needs to achieve a successful recovery.

Our intensive outpatient program includes:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Coping skill development for addiction
  • Relapse prevention
  • Stress management
  • Nurturing healthy relationships with loved ones

Who is IOP designed for?

Our intensive outpatient program is intended for clients who have completed our partial hospitalization program. It is a form of follow-up treatment that involves a flexible amount of time spent at our facility – from nine to 19 hours per week.

The flexibility of the IOP makes it an ideal option for clients who need a treatment program that involves minimal time commitment in their schedules. Clients do not live onsite for the duration of the program. Thus, they may continue to go to work or school while still receiving treatment for their addiction.

Those who are employed and may not have the ability to take a leave of absence for 30-day treatment will find that our IOP is the perfect choice. Furthermore, the program allows for maximum convenience for everyone, as groups take place during both the morning and evening hours.

However, clients who choose not to reside at a sober living facility must ensure they have a strong support system. Be it at home, work, school, or in the community, it is critical that the client’s environment is safe and stable enough for them to return during and after the IOP.

A good candidate for IOP has:

  • Finished an inpatient or partial hospitalization program
  • Acquired solid coping skills
  • Willingness to participate in a treatment plan
  • A strong support system at home or in the community

Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Treatment

  • IOP serves as a smooth transition from an inpatient or partial hospitalization program
  • Nine to 19 hours of treatment per week, based on the client’s personal needs
  • Flexible schedules that allow clients to maintain their jobs, be with their families, and fulfill responsibilities
  • Our counselors develop goals with the client and create a personalized treatment plan
  • Individual and group therapy sessions conducted by a qualified addiction professional
  • Life skills coaching, employment assistance, and resume (CV) building
  • Relapse prevention, stress management, and nurturing healthy relationships with loved ones
  • We are committed to your privacy and work with discretion

Continued Path to Recovery

Once enrolling in our intensive outpatient program, clients are expected to be committed to remaining focused on sobriety. They receive our full support and medical assistance every step of the way. Each day, our clients will progress until they are ready to step down to a greater level of independence with our outpatient program.

This next phase of care consists of one to three hours of treatment per week, ensuring clients are following up with all aftercare recommendations. The outpatient program offers clients more freedom and empowerment to apply the skills acquired in therapy and to transition well back into the community.

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