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Intensive Outpatient Program

Men and women receive group therapy while they attend school, volunteer, or return to the workforce to provide them with structure and accountability after receiving a higher level of care. IOP includes UA testing and mindfulness-based relapse prevention.

We tailor specific intensive outpatient treatment programs for our clients and provide a strong foundation for a successful recovery. Our recovery programs include interactive group sessions, individual therapy sessions, music therapy, and much more that help our clients fight urges and continue living sober life.

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IOP Treatment Program Modalities:

  • Family therapy is a major component in AKUA Mind & Body’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

Key features include:

  • Individual Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Music (harp) and art therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention
  • Gym and Daily Fitness Activities
  • Life Skill Classes and Resume Building
  • Grief and Anger Management
  • Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation and Reiki

AKUA Mind & Body Treatment Program

AKUA Mind and Body is a full-service treatment program that offers a wide range of “east meets west” treatment modalities for many different populations struggling with substance use and mental health disorders. We offer both intensive inpatient programs as well as outpatient treatment. AKUA Mind & Body works diligently with each client and their family to ensure that treatment plan is specifically tailored to their needs, and not just their disorder. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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 days a week.

Who can enter an 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, and 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.

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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