INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM
INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT TREATMENT PROGRAMS (IOP)
When individuals are in need of a structured setting in which to work towards overcoming symptoms of mental health, behavioral health, and/or substance abuse concerns, they may find benefits from engaging in an intensive outpatient program (IOP). This treatment option allows individuals to receive thorough treatment that fully addresses their needs in a less restrictive environment than that which is offered in partial hospitalization programming (PHP), inpatient treatment, or residential care. Yet, it provides a more structured therapeutic setting than that which is typically offered in a traditional outpatient setting.
Group therapy sessions are frequently the main treatment component used in Our Clinic’s intensive outpatient programs. The number and types of groups that meet will vary from program to program based on the needs of the participants. These sessions are led by professionals who facilitate topics of discussions that are relevant to the needs of the individuals who are taking part in the program. These sessions can serve as a time for individuals to not only receive education on the specific problems that they are learning to manage, but also as a time to give and receive support to and from peers who are also participating in the group. This peer interaction can serve to help individuals come to realize that they are not alone in the struggles that they are facing which can, in turn, promote acceptance and healing.
Individual therapy sessions serve as a time for individuals to meet one-on-one with a therapist in a confidential setting. They can be a time for individuals to process through their experiences in treatment, address any concerns that arise, ask any questions they have, receive ongoing support, and celebrate successes as they happen. In intensive outpatient programs, these sessions are most commonly held on an as-needed basis.
In the vast majority of cases, including an individual’s family members into his or her treatment can be monumentally beneficial. In doing so, any damage that has been inflicted upon the family unit as a result of an individual’s mental, behavioral, or chemical dependency concerns can be confronted and processed through. Additionally, this can serve as a time for one’s family members to become educated on what their loved one is going through and learn ways in which they can best be of assistance to him or her. As with individual therapy, family therapy is typically held on an as-needed basis within intensive outpatient programs.
At Our Clinic, we recognize that individuals must be provided with a full spectrum of care options in order to fully transition back into their everyday lives. For this reason, the staff members at our treatment centers begin working on discharge plans from the moment that an individual enters treatment. The purpose of these discharge plans is to ensure that an individual has guidance on ways that he or she can maintain his or her success in recovery once treatment has come to an end.