Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are typically for clients who have completed higher levels of care (e.g., detox and inpatient) in an addiction treatment program. Depending on the facility requirements, people in IOP can live on-site at the rehab center or off-site in either a sober house or their home. Clients are still responsible for attending therapy multiple days a week and any other program that is specific to their treatment plan.

People with less severe or less complicated addictions may choose to participate in IOP because the previous steps aren’t necessary for their treatment. However, people who have gone through detox, partial hospitalization or residential programs may decide to participate in IOP as part of their continuum of care.

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