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The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a process in which a person receives treatment for substance use disorder and mental health disorders while living at home. A person in an IOP program comes in for treatment several days a week for numerous hours at a time. This type of program is critical to helping individuals to regain their ability to live and work without the use of substances. For those who have an addiction but do not need medical detox, IOP could be the first step in care. For others, residential treatment is necessary.

America’s Rehab Campuses offers a range of treatment programs to meet your needs. If you are struggling with addiction, you may need to have access to treatment that fits your lifestyle. For some, IOP can work well. We encourage you to reach out to us immediately to learn more about this type of care and how well it fits your individual needs.

What Happens in IOP Treatment?

IOP treatment programs are helpful in treating addictions. This includes drug or alcohol addiction, as well as depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and other types of dependencies a person has. Individuals who enter into an IOP program are not dependent physically on these substances. For that reason, they do not need to go into a medical detox program as a first step. However, some people will start out with detox, progress to residential treatment, and then enter into IOP. Most people have made some level of improvement in their addiction recovery at this point but are not ready to stop treatment.

The IOP process is more of a science-based method to addiction recovery. There are several components to this type of treatment program. Consider the most common components of IOP:

  • Individual counseling: Here, you will work closely with an addiction therapist to work through a variety of factors, including the underlying cause of your addiction. You will work to build skills and complete other types of therapy to change your thought processes that often lead to poor addiction behaviors.
  • Group counseling: Often used as a way to treat addiction on a more informal basis, group therapy allows you to learn and grow with your peers. It can often be easier to work with people who understand what you are facing and can help to provide you with real-life solutions to the complications you are facing.
  • Behavioral therapy: In many situations, individuals will complete various types of therapy. This includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and many other forms. You’ll create a treatment plan with your therapist to include numerous types of therapy best suited for your needs.
  • Medication support: Some people may start on a medication assisted therapy program. This may give you medications that allow you to avoid withdrawal symptoms and help you to maintain sobriety. Keep in mind that you may also need medications if you are one of the many people with depression, anxiety, or other types of mental health disorders that require this type of therapy.
  • Educational opportunities: During IOP, you will learn about addiction and other complications to your health and wellbeing. You may spend a significant amount of time working on learning how to spot symptoms of relapse and learning how to manage your overall health.
  • Mental health support: Individuals in treatment for addiction may be screened for mental health disorders. If present, you will learn about your condition and how to manage it. Medications and therapy related to your condition may be necessary as well.
  • Holistic therapy: Even though you may not be living on campus, you may still have access to the holistic therapies and resources on campus to help you heal your mind, body, and spirit. It is a good idea to inquire about what types of treatment may be available to you in this format.

Explore the Opportunities at America’s Rehab Campuses

If you are struggling with addiction or mental health disorders but you do not want to leave home for care, you may wish to look into the IOP programs available to you. Our team will provide you with a formal assessment to determine if this type of therapy is best suited for you or if you need more advanced inpatient treatment. Whether or not this is the case is dependent on the severity of your addiction.

The best first step for you is to contact us today. Set up an appointment to learn more about our IOP process and what steps we can offer you today for recovery. IOP is not a fast process. You will need to commit to it for a long time before you can step down from this level of care. Yet, for many people, IOP is the right first step. Call America’s Rehab Campuses now to learn more about this treatment and how well it can work for you.