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, residential treatment, or partial hospitalization. They are in the early stages of their recovery, and may return to work, school, or other responsibilities on a part-time basis. IOP patients reside locally in a stable environment such as a sober living center, or at home with supportive loved ones.

Most IOP treatment sessions take place in a professional office, or within a hospital, treatment center, or community center. IOP treatment does not include detox, which must already be completed.

Individuals who are undergoing intensive outpatient treatment for a 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 build a support network. Just like any other level of care for addiction treatment, intensive outpatient treatment does require a fully-individualized assessment prior to admission.

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How much time is required weekly for Intensive Outpatient treatment?

Intensive outpatient treatment requires individuals to obtain at least nine hours of group and/or individual therapy per week, 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 independently in society
  • Have a stable home life
  • Have a support network
  • Are able to maintain their sobriety on their own

Individuals in IOP treatment usually will have successfully completed a more intensive treatment program such as residential treatment (RTC) or partial hospitalization (PHP). Some individuals may use IOP as their primary therapy program. However, all individuals entering IOP must have successfully completed a detox program, have a strong support system, 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 the reality of substance abuse recovery. If it does occur, it is necessary to take action. Random drug testing in IOP ensures individuals are not using. If an individual begins to have setbacks or struggle with their addiction during intensive outpatient treatment, then they may 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 from 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 in intensive outpatient treatment?

The same types of therapies offered at higher levels of care are also offered in intensive outpatient treatment:

  • Family therapy is a major component in AKUA’s intensive outpatient program. Research has shown individuals have a much higher success rate and better prognosis when their family is involved in therapy.
  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Trauma informed care
  • Diet and nutrition education
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Relapse prevention skills

Common topics covered in intensive outpatient therapy

  • The science and physiology behind mental health disorders: “Why do they occur”?
  • Group therapy
  • 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, also known as outpatient treatment.

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