Intensive Outpatient Programs: An Overview

Substance abuse intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) offer services for people who are suffering from drug and alcohol addiction but do not require medically supervised detoxification or 24-hr supervision. IOPs share some similarities with residential treatment programs, but the structures of the two are vastly different. IOPs allow you to continue direct services while adjusting to your new life at home or work. 


What Services Do IOPs Offer?


IOPs provide treatment for substance abuse disorders and any other disorder that is associated with them. Patients have a specific number of hours to complete each week in individual, family, or group therapy but can go home after the daily program. IOPs primarily focus on relapse prevention, coping strategies, mental and emotional well-being, and re-establishing your life and relationships. They are typically held in substance abuse treatment centers, clinics, and hospital settings.


Why Choose an IOPs?


There are many benefits to using IOPs: 


  • IOPs provide a level of flexibility that residential programs do not. Because these programs offer you more control over your schedule, treatment, and recovery,  they are perfect for working professionals. You can seek treatment without having to take time off work or explain a prolonged absence. 


  • Although IOPs give you more privacy and anonymity, patients are still able to interact and connect with others. 


  • They provide direct support that can apply to your day-to-day responsibilities. You can take what you learn in your program and use it in real-time. 


  • IOPs are family-focused. They allow you space, time, and the tools you need to reconnect with your family and strengthen the family dynamic. 


  • IOPs are usually less expensive than residential services.  


While IOPs are beneficial, they require a great deal of discipline and commitment. You have to work to remain dedicated to your recovery and consistently attend programs that will help you maintain sobriety even though you are not in the controlled environment that residential programs offer. If you maintain a realistic schedule, work with a therapist, and build a support system that can hold you accountable, you can stay focused on your sobriety and enhance your quality of life.     


Intensive outpatient programs have been highly effective in treating people with substance use orders and mental health issues. This type of structure allows you to maintain regular commitments to family, work, and academic responsibilities while also getting help for substance use disorder. Valiant Living provides a variety of services for men who are currently struggling with addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with a potential addiction or would like more information on our services, call today to speak to a caring, trained staff member at (303) 952-5035.