What is an intensive outpatient program?
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a type of treatment option used to address addiction, along with a variety of other conditions, that allows patients to live at home rather than having to reside at a treatment center. This allows patients to still go about their normal, day-to-day lives while getting the support, care, and treatment they need to overcome addiction.
While the word “intensive” might sound scary, off-putting, and even extreme, it simply refers to the schedule of treatment. Rather than meeting once a week for treatment, individuals in an IOP meet three five days a week for three hours of group therapy and an hour of individual therapy each day. This can amount to anywhere from 12 to 20 hours of treatment every week, and IOPs can last anywhere from four to 12 weeks, depending on a patient’s needs. Treatment can include group therapy sessions, support groups, life skills classes, and individual counseling.
The IOPs we offer at Flatirons Recovery don’t aim to just help an individual overcome their addiction. Like all of our other treatment options, our IOPs are holistic, integrating mindfulness, community, integrative medicine, nature-based fitness, nutrition, and deeper healing to nourish all aspects of a person’s being. In addition to helping you break free of addiction, an IOP at Flatirons Recovery will also teach you coping skills to avoid a relapse, establish a support mechanism so you can continue to receive help and support into the future, improve your problem-solving skills, help you recognize unhealthy behaviors, and aid you in developing an enhanced self-awareness. These are all things that will help patients stay addiction-free and smoothly adapt back into their families and communities.
Is an IOP right for me?
If you think you can benefit from more frequent treatment, care, and support but can’t or don’t want to commit to living at a treatment facility full-time for residential treatment, an IOP might be right for you. Contact us today to learn more about our intensive outpatient programs and how you can benefit!