An IOP or intensive outpatient program is one step above outpatient treatment (one-on-one counseling) and IOP focuses on group counseling. IOP requires 9+ hours per week (adults) and 6+ hours/week (kids). Intensive outpatient programs are specifically designed to treat co-occurring disorders in groups.

Examples of Co-Occurring issues:

  • Battling alcohol-use on top of having panic attacks and anxiety
  • Struggling with heroin-use on top of dealing with trauma from childhood
  • Facing meth-use while dealing with codependency problems

IOP is designed to educate addicts giving them the ability to use/test their coping skills out in the “real” world each day after treatment. IOP is group therapy, again the idea being integrating skills with other people, situations, and places.

Intensive outpatient services meet complex needs by providing a safe environment to “practice” emotional regulation of fear, anger, sadness, joy, happiness, pain, etc. Patients can attend IOP for 3-4 hours in the mornings before work, in the afternoons, or in the evenings after work/school.

Most intensive outpatient programs will have a model or theory that they follow, often related to emotional regulation. In addition, it is best to call or make sure the IOP being considered has the type of group you desire.

Examples of IOP Groups:

  • All Male
  • All Female
  • Sex Addiction
  • Trauma-Focused
  • Process Groups
  • Support Groups

Each IOP or intensive outpatient program is unique, but all will use group therapy as their backbone. It is vital to call ahead and ask if the IOP you are looking at has the features you need. Here are some supplemental services offered on-site at various intensive outpatient programs around the country:

  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Lectures
  • Yoga
  • Art Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Family-Invovlment
  • Virtual Options
  • Neurofeedback
  • Trauma Therapy