Intensive outpatient programming, or IOP, is a unique approach to treating substance abuse disorders. IOP can be used following successful detox, as a primary treatment program, or as part of an aftercare plan. How can one treatment model provide the kind of program during the initial phase of recovery as well as within sober living?
Addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits-all process. The Continuum Recovery Center Intensive Outpatient Program offers the ongoing benefits of flexibility and modification.
Thorough Approach for Sustained Healing
Personal growth comes from a deep understanding of life choices made, accountability in owning those decisions, and having the courage to commit to positive change. Our IOP allows clients to pursue greater personal growth while removing the behaviors and potential triggers that led to substance addiction. Through this program, getting comfortable with living life drug- and alcohol-free becomes second nature. And ongoing sobriety, more attainable by utilizing emotional building blocks that work.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment Experience
Continuum Recovery Center IOP is for a minimum of 60 to 90 days, which provides more value to our clients. Because it is less restrictive than traditional inpatient treatment but more structured than individual therapy alone, the program focuses on learning to live sober, while providing the tools to get there.
Much of what IOP entails directly impact each client’s recovery journey and where they are in the process. For some, adapting to life without chemical dependency requires 24-Hour Supervision, from detox, and during treatment. For them, IOP would be a better as an aftercare program. But for those who are ready for a bit more freedom while receiving the benefits of a life-changing addiction recovery program, then IOP.
What is a Day Like in an Intensive Outpatient Program?
Part of what makes an IOP so attractive is that it’s flexible and allows people in recovery to maintain much of their normal routine. Many of the clients at Continuum Recovery Center are able to work, attend school and take care of their family obligations while receiving high quality, personalized treatment.
Whatever the reason you or your loved one enters into Intensive Outpatient Treatment at Continuum Recovery Center, know that each client experience is unique and individualized. After a full assessment, we work with our clients to create a reasonable schedule that meets their needs.
However, it’s important not to confuse the flexibility of an IOP with the work you have to put in. These programs still require a lot of time and dedication. To help our clients prepare, we feel it’s important for them to know what to expect.
As with our other programs, our IOP is customized to your individual needs. This program is offered three or five days a week, with morning, afternoon and evening sessions available. During your time in IOP, you will engage in a number of therapies that are between 1-2 hours long. There are also breaks in between.
Some of the therapies you will participate in are:
As a holistic outpatient addiction treatment center in Phoenix, AZ, we also offer a wide range of alternative therapies to support our clients’ recoveries. When you participate in IOP, you will have access to meditation, yoga, tai chi, nutritional therapy, naturopathic remedies, music therapy and art therapy.
Who is an IOP Best For?
Intensive outpatient programs address addiction and mental health disorders that do not require detoxification or around-the-clock supervision. They are a step down from inpatient or residential programs but offer more support than standard outpatient treatment.
Generally speaking, we recommend IOP for individuals who have gone through detox, are no longer actively using drugs or alcohol but require more support than what’s provided in outpatient care.
To clarify, the people who benefit most from an intensive outpatient program are:
Those with a strong support network at home
People with a lower risk for relapse
Those with a stable home life
Individuals who have a job or family obligations
People who are no longer actively using substances
What Happens After IOP?
Recovery is an ongoing process and treatment is not a “cure” for addiction. Aligning yourself with the right support is key to staying on track with your goals and maintaining sobriety. After completing an IOP, you have a couple of options.
First, we generally recommend stepping down to a lower level of care, which in this case, is an outpatient program. These programs are extremely flexible and provide individualized therapy on an as-needed basis. Continuum Recovery Center provides this level of care so you can step down while working within the same team and environment.
Second, we recommend taking part in a 12-step program, attending alumni events and participating in a family therapy program. The more support you receive, the more resilient your recovery will be. As long as you’re progressing, you can gradually decrease your therapy sessions and transition into your new routine.
With Intensive Outpatient Treatment, Your Comeback will be Stronger!
With the extended timeline given to IOP, clients learn important real-world skills that will set them up for success in sobriety. Understanding how life stress affects their emotional and physical wellbeing, clients are better able to identify the people, places, and thought patterns that increase their risk for relapse.
With stress management techniques, life skills training, and other relapse prevention education, IOP is an ideal backdrop for rebuilding healthy relationships within the framework of mind, body, and spiritual balance.