When researching options for drug and alcohol treatment, you’ll run across the term intensive outpatient program or IOP. An intensive outpatient program offers the same intensity of treatment as an inpatient plan but with more flexibility. It is not the right choice for everyone, though. At TruHealing Centers, our team believes that it’s important to consider the pros and cons of intensive outpatient treatment programs before deciding if it’s right for you.
Why Consider an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program?
An intensive outpatient program is similar to a residential care plan but without 24-hour supervision that comes with inpatient treatment. Some clients enter an IOP after completing a residential treatment program to continue intensive therapy.
Some might use the IOP in place of inpatient care. It may allow them to continue working or going to school while in treatment. It’s also a choice for those living in a sober living community during their treatment,
Benefits of an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program
The most significant benefit that comes with IOP is flexibility. Although clients follow a schedule, it is less structured. They will likely go several days a week, perhaps even every day, depending on their need and care plan, for a few hours of therapy. That allows you to work or study around your treatment.
Intensive outpatient programs often include both individual and group therapy. They may rely more heavily on group therapy, though. The sessions are more intensive than standard outpatient treatment, but they do not have the same live-in requirements as residential treatment.
The Downside to an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program
While an IOP does not have the same live-in requirements as a residential care treatment, it will not provide the same supervision. That means that an IOP may not be the right choice for someone who doesn’t have a strong support system outside of therapy.
For this level of therapy, you will likely need to live with family, close friends, or in a sober community that offers support and supervision during your addiction treatment. The best way to know if IOP is the right choice for you is to work with a program like TruHealing Centers.
TruHealing Centers has locations all along the east coast, including Ohio and Atlanta. They offer a full continuum of care, which means they have all the levels of care you need as you work toward your recovery, including IOP.
The medical and mental health staff at TruHealing Centers will evaluate your needs and work to find the right care plan for you. For most people, that starts with detox. You may go on from there to a residential care program and an IOP, or you might transition right to intensive care if you have a strong support system.
The services at TruHealing Centers include:
- Gender-specific therapies
- Partial hospitalization
- Residential treatment
- Medically supervised detox
TruHealing Centers also provide mental health treatment. That is something to watch for as you look at the various addiction treatment facilities. Often mental health issues such as depression or bipolar disorder go hand-in-hand with addiction. You want a treatment program that offers dual diagnosis care so you can work on both disorders simultaneously.
Learn More About Our Intensive Outpatient Programs Today
TruHealing Centers provides individualized care for anyone with a substance use disorder. We plan out both your therapy and your recovery to ensure you get the right kind of treatment, focusing on both your strengths and your needs. Our care coordinators also help map out connections with other aspects of your life, such as help you find vocational support or legal help if necessary.
If you or someone you love are wondering if IOP is a good choice for your needs, give us a call at 833.631.0525 or use our contact form, and a member of our TruHealing Centers’ staff will be in touch with you.