Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Treatment Alternatives’ Program – Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Treatment Alternatives offers men and women an evidenced based Intensive Outpatient Program.

Not all IOP programs are the same. Some, sadly, do not utilize evidence based practices to form the core of their treatment program. Treatment Alternatives’ IOP is designed to meet the standards set by the government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and the American Society for Addiction Medicine.

These standards, based upon best practices or evidence based treatment, define the minimum core elements that provide clients with the best outcomes. The longer one is in treatment and surrounded by recovering people, the better the outcomes for long term sobriety. It is on that basis that Treatment Alternatives’ Programs: Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive Outpatient Program, and the Outpatient Programs have been designed. Treatment Alternatives offers a continuum of care approach to treatment providing clients with a step down or up a level of treatment determined by need. Using the standards set by the governing agencies mentioned above, Treatment Alternatives is confident that their Intensive Outpatient Program is a quality program.

Treatment Alternatives’ Intensive Outpatient Program

Every one of the 14 criteria for a quality outpatient program listed on the SAMHSA website has been met by Treatment Alternatives.

  • Treatment 3-5 days a week, 3 hours at a time
  • A psychiatrist and MD specializing in addiction are available for consultation as needed
  • Comprehensive psycho/social/medical evaluation
  • Mental health/ substance abuse history
  • Licensed and Masters level therapists
  • Alternative therapists (art therapy, meditation, acupuncture, yoga)
  • Spiritual guidance (if requested)
  • Recommend Daily 12 Step Programs
  • Therapies (combination of therapeutic approaches) evening or day to accommodate different work schedules or school schedules
  • Career center
  • Life Skills Training
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Mental Health Wellness education
  • Family therapy
  • Low client /Therapist ratio
  • Small group numbers

In individual treatment, clients address specific issues. Some clients require a greater sense of privacy to discuss personal issues and to get to closure. Some individuals are too shy to address personal trauma or self- destructive behaviors in a group, at least initially. But in group, clients explore a range of topics in depth:

  • Job Skills
  • Daily Coping Skills
  • Life Skills
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Setting Healthy Boundaries
  • Building and Maintaining a Healthy Recovery Network
  • Regulating Emotions
  • Anger Management
  • Healthy Decision Making
  • Recreational therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Trauma Group

Part of the problem with early recovery is that addicts and alcoholics are easily distracted by family dynamics and friends. This is the largest reason for withdrawing from treatment early and for the large numbers of relapse. The longer one is in treatment and is surrounded by people in recovery, the better the long term outcomes.

Length of Stay in Treatment Alternatives – IOP

There is no one answer to how long one can stay in IOP treatment-the longer, the better medical necessity determines the length of stay. In many cases, the evaluation of the client will help determine the length of stay. For example, a person may be certified for 30 days of IOP and at the end if medically necessary can be re-certified for additional days. To insure that clients receive the best possible care, our team works closely with insurance companies. Other arrangements can be made if needed.

To help clients learn how to engage in life without drugs or alcohol, weekend activities are available if the client choses to participate. Some weekend activities include: going bowling, fishing, going to the movies, going to the beach, boating, or go-carting. IOP clients can learn to support each other as they individually and communally meet challenges of early sobriety.

To encourage structure and discipline, our clients in IOP either are in school or working. We have a staffed career center that helps clients put a resume together and find work. The staff can help with food stamps etc.

Everything in Treatment Alternatives’ IOP is designed to return the client to life as a productive human being. There are two additional phases that a client can avail themselves to if possible after IOP that reduce the risk of relapse and increase the chances of long term sobriety: Outpatient treatment (2 days a week of individual and/or group therapy) and finally we can refer to gender specific sober living houses for a minimum of 6 months.

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