Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

COVID-19 Virtual IOP

Recovery Ways has made our virtual IOP as robust as its traditional one. With convenient afternoon and evening tracks Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – we provide important options for different daily responsibilities and routines.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) patients live at home or in a recovery residence and receive treatment at the Recovery Ways treatment center several days each week. IOP is similar to PHP (partial hospitalization programming) with fewer days of treatment or hours of treatment per day. IOP’s relative convenience makes it a good treatment option for people who need to work, attend classes, or continue ongoing commitments while receiving care. Intensive outpatient may also be used as a step-down from a higher level of care like residential or PHP. 

The program requires a weekly commitment to attend three group therapy sessions. There is a strong focus on relapse prevention and involving the patient’s family in the treatment process. IOP patients will also be introduced to local support groups.

An IOP is frequently used as a step-down level of care for patients who have learned the fundamentals of managing their conditions in residential treatment or during partial hospitalization. For some people, IOP may be the only type of treatment required. The clinical team helps to determine the necessary level of care through thorough assessments and evaluations. 

Intensive outpatient programming at Recovery Ways includes family, individual, and occupational therapy and other treatment options that are tailored to patients.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy focusses on developing the skills necessary to maintain sobriety and prevent a relapse. Psychoeducation helps individuals better understand the complex correlation between their mental health and substance misuse.

Family Therapy

Family therapy facilitates honest communication between family members and the patient and provides education about the nature of the patient’s mental health conditions and substance use disorder.

Occupational Therapy

Through occupational therapy, we help individuals acquire the life skills needed for optimal functional independence, wellness, and engagement with life. Fundamental to the program is helping patients learn self-regulation skills through the use of sensorimotor strategies.

Process Group

In the process group, patients get the opportunity to gather information from peers through observation and feedback and use the information to practice new interpersonal skills or make desired changes in their own lives.

Case Management

Recovery Ways provides case management to help patients plan their ongoing recovery. Case managers work with patients and care providers to establish an ongoing care plan that is designed to be effective, meet patient needs, and to be affordable given a patient’s resources. 

Basic Structure of Outpatient Programming:

Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) is the first level of outpatient programming and consists of an eight-week program.

General Outpatient Programming (GOP) is the second level of outpatient programming. GOP follows the successful completion of the IOP. GOP is also an eight-week program but with reduced hours.

Patients in IOP and GOP are required to participate in regular drug and alcohol testing up to 3 times per week.