Intensive Outpatient Program

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Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at AKUA is perfect for clients who have successfully completed detox and residential treatment or partial hospitalization treatment and are in the early stages of their recovery. It is ideal for clients who are returning to work, school or other responsibilities on a part-time basis and who reside locally in a stable environment such as sober living, or at home with supportive loved ones. Most IOP treatment facilities take place in an office or a large room within a hospital, treatment center or even a community center. IOP treatment does not include detox as this is usually done at a higher level of care such as residential treatment or partial hospitalization. Individuals who are undergoing intensive outpatient treatment for their substance abuse disorder are encouraged to engage in community support resources such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) on their own time as a way to get into the community. Just like any other level of care for addiction treatment, intensive outpatient treatment does require a full-individualized assessment prior to admission.

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How much time is required for Intensive Outpatient treatment?

Intensive outpatient treatment requires individuals to obtain at least nine hours of group and/or individual therapy per week which is divided up into three-hour sessions three to five evenings a week.

Who can enter Intensive Outpatient Program?

IOP is suitable for individuals who are functioning well in society independently, who have a stable home life, who have a supportive network and who are able to maintain their sobriety on their own throughout the week. Individuals in IOP treatment usually will have successfully completed a more intensive treatment program such as residential treatment (RTC) or partial hospitalization (PHP), however, some individuals may use IOP as their primary care therapy. However, all individuals entering IOP must have successfully completed a detox program, have a strong support system, have access to reliable transportation, and must not be at risk of self-harm or threatening harm to others in order to be enrolled in intensive outpatient treatment.

What if I relapse while undergoing intensive outpatient treatment?

Relapse is part of reality in substance abuse recovery and if it does occur, it is necessary to take the proper precautions. Random drug testing is usually done in IOP programs to ensure individuals are not relapsing. If individuals began to have setbacks or struggle with their addiction during intensive outpatient treatment, then the individual will undergo further evaluation to assess if they need a higher level of care such as partial hospitalization or residential treatment.

 

How is intensive outpatient different than standard outpatient treatment?

Intensive Outpatient Rehab provides more structure and a more intensive level of care than a standard outpatient program while still accommodating the individual’s home and work life. Standard outpatient treatment is considered part of the maintenance phase in recovery as individuals can attend individual and group sessions on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and will most often continue for six months or more.

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What type of therapy is offered at intensive outpatient treatment?

The same types of therapies that are offered at higher levels of care such as residential treatment and partial hospitalization are also offered at intensive outpatient treatment. Family therapy is a major component in intensive outpatient therapy as research has shown individuals have a much higher success rate and better prognosis when their family is involved in therapy. Group therapy and individual therapy, trauma informed care, diet and nutrition education, coping mechanisms, and relapse prevention skills are practiced in intensive outpatient treatment.

Common topics covered in intensive outpatient therapy

  • The science and physiology behind mental health disorder: “Why do they occur”?
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • How substance abuse affects relationships
  • The role of spirituality in recovery
  • The stages of recovery and the roadmap to wellness
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation, mindfulness and meditation techniques
  • Recognizing and conquering “triggers”
  • The role of time management and scheduling in recovery

What is the average length of stay for intensive outpatient treatment?

The average length of stay for an intensive outpatient program is 12-16 weeks. After this, the client will enter a maintenance phase, better known as outpatient treatment that can last for a few months.

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