Drug abuse and addiction are serious issues that don’t just affect the user, but also friends, family, and loved ones. If you or somebody you love is struggling with addiction and abuse, an intensive outpatient program might be the ideal treatment plan to help you overcome your addiction.
What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?
An intensive outpatient program is a rigorous outpatient treatment, which means that you get to live at home while receiving help. During the program, you’ll have access to a range of therapies, including:
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
Treatment Option Differences: Inpatient, Outpatient, and Intensive Outpatient
The major difference between an outpatient program and an intensive outpatient program is the frequency: whereas an IOP will be three days a week, a regular outpatient program is only once a week. Both of these are different from an inpatient residential program, which lasts for 30 to 90 days.
|Frequency||Length of Treatment|
|Inpatient/Residential Program||Full-time program at facility||30-90 days|
|Intensive Outpatient||3 Days a week||3 months|
|Outpatient||1 day a week||length varies|
Benefits of IOPs
IOPs are designed to teach you about yourself and give you the tools, skills, and resources you’ll need to live a clean and healthy life. As you develop these skills, you’ll find that maintaining your abstinence becomes easier. You’ll have better coping mechanisms in place to help you walk away from temptation, and that you’ll have more emotional stability, and this will help you to build meaningful and healthy relationships.
Does Intensive Outpatient Program include detox?
When somebody seeks treatment for drug abuse and addiction, the first thing that typically happens is an inpatient detox. After that comes an inpatient program, followed by the IOP. As such, most IOPs don’t include detox. However, each situation is unique, and there are some circumstances in which a facility might provide detox and follow it with intensive outpatient treatment.
How long is IOP treatment?
The program runs for three months, and you meet for three-hour group therapy sessions three times a week. On top of that, you’ll also have individual therapy sessions and time for family therapy. When you reach a stage when you don’t need as much structure, you’ll drop down into the regular outpatient program.
Who is the best candidate for an Intensive Outpatient Program?
Intensive Outpatient Programs are recommended for those who have either just completed a residential treatment program or for those who have been at the outpatient (OP) level of care but require more support. The Intensive Outpatient Program allows individuals in early recovery to focus on receiving the needed support, education and guidance with respect to his/her identified concerns while maintaining family and work obligations. In addition, participation in the Intensive Outpatient Program allows the individual to maintain ties with outside organizations and groups that provide additional encouragement and support, which can be of enormous benefit as they walk the path to recovery.
Do IOPs include 12-step meetings?
While 12-step meetings aren’t a mandatory part of IOP at Futures, you are more than welcome to participate in this type of program, and it can be incorporated into your individual therapy sessions. Moreover, you will be strongly encouraged to participate in some sort of external community support group at least three times a week.
Family members and Intensive Outpatient Programs
Family members are welcome to participate in family sessions with their loved one and clinical staff, as we believe addiction is a family disease, and all members can benefit from support in early recovery.
When you first arrive at a facility, either for a residential program or an IOP, you’ll be given an assessment that will include a medical examination, a social and psychological evaluation, and a sit-down to get your personal and medical history. If you come to an IOP from an affiliate residential program, you may not have to go through a full second assessment.
Financing IOP Treatment
There are some health insurance providers and plans that do cover drug treatment, including detox facilities, inpatient treatment, and intensive outpatient programs. If your insurance doesn’t cover IOP treatment, your other financing options include:
- Financing through the facility lending program
- Personal loans
- Credit cards
- Personal savings
At Futures, we offer lending through our trusted financing provider Prosper Healthcare Lending.
An intensive outpatient program is a crucial step on the road to recovery because it will provide you with plenty of support and therapy as you transition from residential care back to your regular life. During this time, you’ll learn more about your addiction, learn coping mechanisms to help you stay sober, and get help and guidance as you rebuild your life, your relationships, and your future.
To learn more about Futures Intensive IOP program, visit www.futuresiop.com.