IOP Program

Recovering from substance abuse disorder alone is difficult. Individuals struggling with addiction who attempt to recover on their own often find that it is almost impossible without professional therapeutic intervention. Many times the difference between an individual being able to remain sober or not is how much support he or she has. This is why attending an addiction treatment program such as an IOP program is so vital to successfully overcome a drug or alcohol addiction

Here, at The Owl’s Nest, we deliver dynamic, patient-centered outpatient programs to facilitate life-long recovery. Clients who attend our programs have the ability to move through our phased approach to addiction treatment. Begining with more intensive levels of care, patients are able to attend less intensive programs as their needs progressively lessen during their recovery journey. 

When participating in one of our outpatient programs, patients will receive regular assessments and appropriate medical treatment. With the understanding that many of our clients need a safe, loving environment that offers extended care, here at Owl’s Nest, we strive to help our clients transition into their newfound sobriety. One of the programs we offer to accomplish this is our intensive outpatient program, or IOP program. 

What is an IOP Program?

IOP stands for intensive outpatient program. An IOP program is a type of rehab program that allows patients to attend rehab for only three to four hours a day, a few days a week. Outside of that time period, IOP program patients can live at home and tend to their normal lives.

IOP programs can address substance addictions and any other challenges that an individual is facing. This is important for recovery as learning to deal with challenges can eliminate contributors to a person’s addiction. 

This type of rehabilitation is designed to help patients both reach and maintain long-term sobriety. This is accomplished by addressing the many complex issues that lead individuals to developing substance addictions in the first place.

IOPs are a step down from higher levels of care, such as inpatient treatment or partial hospitalization programs (PHP) treatment. An IOP program though is a worthwhile treatment choice for those who have already successfully completed an inpatient treatment program or PHP. It can also be highly beneficial for patients who need a higher level of care than what traditional outpatient programs provide. 

As an addiction treatment program, an IOP program focuses on teaching clients coping skills. The intention of the program is for patients to use these skills while transitioning back to their daily lives. This can be after leaving an inpatient care facility. However, not every patient who attends an IOP program does so after completing a more intensive program. This treatment option may benefit certain patients as a stand-alone option.

IOP Program Benefits

An IOP program can be an excellent way to get the support a person needs to achieve and maintain sobriety. These programs provide patients with the same types of therapy and skill-building that they would receive in inpatient care. However, outpatient programs offer minimal disruption to the patient’s daily life. 

Some of the benefits associated with an intensive outpatient program include:

  • The ability to live at home while attending the program
  • This type of program is less time-intensive than inpatient treatment
  • Patients have access to therapy and other resources during the day
  • IOPs are a cost-effective way to receive treatment

Other benefits of attending an IOP program include day-to-day support from staff members who are experienced in treating various types of addiction. 

An IOP program is best suited for a patient who has a supportive and sober home environment to return to at the end of the day. For patients who do not, we offer supportive housing to ensure patients have a safe place to live while attending treatment. 

Types of Therapy Available in an IOP Program

Addiction can take a toll on your mental health. Many substances can also lead to a worsening of existing mental health conditions. Therapy provides an opportunity for patients to work on their overall mental health including their self-esteem, roles in relationships, and the ways they view and interpret life overall.

Therapy with our trained mental health professionals helps our patients to better understand why they chose to cope with their emotions by abusing drugs or alcohol. Additionally, patients are given the time to learn how to manage their emotions. They do so by learning healthy coping mechanisms.

In general, an IOP program offers a more flexible treatment option for people that are struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues. IOP program patients attend therapy sessions three to four times per week. This allows patients to continue working or going to school while getting the help they need. 

​The therapies included in an intensive outpatient program include:

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, patients work with therapists in confidential one-on-one settings. The therapists will help the patients identify the factors that led to their addictions. Individual therapists will also help patients work on strategies to address these factors. The level of individual attention that a patient receives even allows for more time spent covering the patient’s history when compared to group therapy sessions. 

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a key component of many IOPs. In group therapy, patients meet with therapists and a group of peers who are also in recovery. This setting provides support and allows patients to share their experiences with other patients who may be facing the same challenges. 

The common types of group therapy that patients attend in IOP treatment in:

  • Skill-building
  • 12-step groups
  • Process groups
  • Relapse prevention
  • Addiction education
  • Codependency support groups

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

In cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), patients will meet with therapists to look at negative how thoughts and feelings affect their behaviors, particularly the behaviors that led to their substance abuse. CBT patients then learn how to challenge and reframe these thoughts and feelings and make them more positive.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that helps patients regulate their emotions. DBT combines the skills taught in CBT with mindfulness, helping patients recognize their feelings without judgment. This makes it easier for patients to regulate their moods and reduce the occurrence of self-destructive behaviors. 

DBT is often used to treat patients with borderline personality disorder. Still, it is helpful for patients in addiction recovery as well.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is another key component of IOPs. It addresses the needs of patients who live with relatives or a spouse and children. In family therapy, parents, siblings, and other loved ones are invited to participate in therapy sessions with the patient. This allows family members of rehab patients to learn about their loved ones’ addictions. It also allows family members to learn about how they can support their loved ones in recovery.

How Long Does an Intensive Outpatient Program Last?

The duration of a patient’s treatment in an IOP program depends on a few different factors. A patient’s current mental health status, regular support system, and treatment requirements all determine how long he or she will need to attend treatment in a care setting. Generally, our residents are encouraged to make a minimum 28-day commitment to The Owl’s Nest, but may stay longer depending on their individual needs.

Regardless of program length, we encourage our patients to attend their treatment sessions as consistently as possible. To help our patients receive the best care possible, our staff will create a personalized schedule for each patient. This is done with the intention of allowing our patients to make consistent progress in their recovery.

The Outpatient Levels of Care

Every person who suffers from a substance use disorder experiences addiction differently. Therefore, we offer the following levels of outpatient treatment care:

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Clients who choose our services will usually start at a PHP Level of Care. This is the most intensive level of care for an outpatient setting. Dependent upon medical necessity, PHP clients receive a minimum of 20 hours per week of group therapy and one individual session each week. Some clients may receive 25 hours of therapy per week.

The typical client schedule will be for 5 structured sessions of individual or group activities each day for five days a week, which will include 12-step workshops, life skills training, recovery tools, creative writing, relapse prevention, and an array of interactive workshops to support clients with issues of loss, trauma, anger, anxiety, and depression.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

IOPs provide a step down from higher levels of care, such as inpatient treatment or PHPs. IOPs focus on teaching clients coping skills and transitioning clients back to their daily lives after completing addiction treatment. After around 28 days in an IOP, it’s recommended that patients continue with a less intensive level of care. This can be through a traditional outpatient program or continued therapy. 

Dependent upon medical necessity and the needs of the patent, IOP program treatment schedules vary. While one patient may require 9 hours per week of group therapy and one individual session each week, that is not the case for others. Some clients may receive 15 hours of group therapy per week. 

It is usually at the IOP program stage that our clients begin to build on the resilience and insight they have gained during a PHP and begin to apply these insights to their own recovery goals. 

Recovery, to be enduring and effective, supports the recovery lifestyle most reflective of each individual’s hopes and dreams. Through goal-setting, practical sessions, and life skill learning, our IOP clients begin to focus on ways to maintain their sobriety. This is usually through building a support network, improving relationships with loved ones, and advancing or starting their careers.

Recovering from Addiction with an Intensive Outpatient Program at The Owl’s Nest

At The Owl’s Nest, residents are more than just a number. If clients feel they need more time in a treatment program, they are encouraged to remain with The Owl’s Nest until they feel comfortable enough to return to their daily lives. Clients are even free to continue to receive individual and group therapy sessions weekly to support their new recovery lifestyles and to help sustain their sobriety.

We understand that many of our clients need a safe, loving environment that offers extended care options to ensure the best possible start to their new lives of abstinence, wellbeing, and health. Our friendly admissions team welcomes the opportunity to tell you more about our facility, arrange a tour of our 10-acre grounds, and introduce you to our staff. To find out more about the programs that we offer, contact us today.

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