Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) at The Recovery Village allows patients to live in our sober housing, or at home with a positive support system present. Most patients in IOP have successfully completed higher levels of care. They have the coping skills and a relapse prevention plan in place to successfully increase autonomy and reduce structured treatment.

IOP includes group therapy multiple days each week, implemented according to a patient-specific care plan. IOP is effective for those in recovery from eating disorders, addiction, and any associated mental health issues. Patients are able to reestablish normalized activities, and these transitional experiences are processed in IOP.

A good candidate for IOP has:

  • Completed residential or partial hospital program
  • Developed coping skills
  • Shown they are able and willing to participate in their recovery treatment plan from drugs, alcohol, or eating disorders
  • A good outside support system at home, or in the community

Defining step down programs

Outpatient care services serve primarily as progressive “step down” healing programs. Step down programs are less intensive curriculums that provide patients more independence as they move through the continuum of care. As patients complete drug detox or alcohol detox, they are more than likely to be recommended into a more comprehensive care program, such as residential rehab treatment or partial hospitalization program. From there, an intensive outpatient program would be an excellent step-down program, as patients will have developed the proper recovery skills to improve their function in day-to-day life.

At The Recovery Village, we offer the following two types of step down outpatient care:

The main difference between the two being the number of hours required to attend therapeutic programs each week.

Reasons for outpatient treatment

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There are many pros to outpatient care, though it’s important to not let the advantages of a treatment program cloud your perception of the care you may or may not need. Outpatient treatment is intended to serve as a transitional treatment option for those who have successfully moved through the full continuum of care, or suffer from a less severe addiction. With that in mind, here are four reasons for enrolling into an outpatient treatment program:

  • You suffer from a less severe addiction — Your addiction is less severe and does not require thorough professional care.
  • You’re leveraging this treatment as continued rehabilitation — Those who have completed detox and residential treatment may use outpatient programs as a continued source of professional addiction help.
  • You need more family and friend support than professional care — We all find comfort in different areas of life. Those who fully understand their addiction may require more motivational support from a network closer to home.
  • You are unable to fully commit to inpatient care — Everyone leads a unique life of their own. Those who are unable to participate in inpatient care can enroll in an outpatient program in order to fulfill other pre-existing obligations.

Inpatient or outpatient?

Many patients experience both inpatient and outpatient treatment as part of the full continuum of care. When choosing which treatment program is best, it is important to understand the distinguishing factors between inpatient and outpatient options and identify which treatment option best suits your own or your loved one’s recovery needs.

Learn more about inpatient vs outpatient

Finding the help you or your loved one deserves

Committing to professional medical treatment will always sound intimidating initially. Though the truth about drug rehab is that there are people wanting and waiting to help. People who have lived through what you or your loved one are currently experiencing and have turned a new leaf. It starts with realizing recovery is possible. Take it from a cast who has been there. Let today be the start of a new life at The Recovery Village.

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During participation in an intensive outpatient program, you’ll learn how to cope with triggers as they arise and what to look out for post-detox, such as symptoms of mental illness or post-acute withdrawal syndrome. You will spend some of your time at rehab in education sessions where instructors will teach you about addiction, how it forms in the mind, and what happens within your body when you detox and remain clean. You may opt to follow along the path of a 12-step program or go a less traditional route with spirituality-based programs that rely on holistic therapies like yoga and mindfulness to keep you sober.

Regardless of which path to sobriety you choose, you need a supportive and encouraging team of highly skilled professionals to guide you in a healthy and effective manner. The Recovery Village is the perfect place for you to find just that. With their professional help, you can get well.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
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