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IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program)

We Level Up FL is a primary mental health center offering secondary co-occurring treatments. We treat the entirety of behavioral health disorders including their secondary corresponding illnesses to improve long-term recovery outcomes. Depending on the extent of secondary behavioral disorders such as chemical dependence, we can first help assess your condition and thereafter guide you to suitable treatment options. We do not offer PHP, IOP, or outpatient level of care at this time. Programs, services, and treatments vary. Call to learn more.

What is IOP?

Intensive Outpatient Program or IOP is a treatment program used to address alcohol and drug addictions, as well as psychiatric disorders that do not require detoxification or 24/7 care and supervision. 

IOP enables patients to continue with their everyday lives in a way that residential treatment programs do not.  Whereas residential and inpatient treatment requires that clients reside on-site, clients in intensive outpatient programs live at home.

It is used in conjunction with inpatient programs as a way of helping clients to smoothly and seamlessly adapt back into their families and communities.  They are designed to establish support mechanisms, help with relapse management, and provide coping strategies.

Clinical research and practice have established that the Intensive Outpatient Program is an effective and viable way for individuals with a range of substance use disorders to begin their recovery. This is according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) [1].

IOP Treatment Advantages:

  • Flexible and easy access to treatment services lets you stay in your everyday life.
  • Compared to residential and inpatient treatment programs, it is less expensive.
  • A clinical setting can offer more flexibility to respond to your individual needs.
  • High-intensity outpatient programs may have a better success rate than other outpatient approaches.
  • Clients will have the opportunity to practice what they’re learning and to apply newly developed coping skills in real-time.
  • Individuals will have a greater ability to develop a community-based support network.
  • Clients will have better access to treatment programs during relapse.
  • Clients will have more individual responsibility for recovery which can provide greater inherent rewards.
  • It is more private than inpatient therapy.
  • You can participate in peer groups like Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous from the get-go.

IOP Treatment Disadvantages

  • Continues exposure to influences (people and places) that were triggers for drug or alcohol use.
  • Easy access to alcohol or drug of choice.
  • Life still happens, even in recovery. Clients may experience distractions that divert their attention from recovery.
  • Access to counseling is not as close by as it is when you are in a residential/inpatient facility.
  • Individuals do not spend as much time with others in treatment, which makes building the foundation of their sober support network more challenging.

Intesive Outpatient Program is not recommended for those who:

  • Would be returning to an environment that would trigger cravings
  • Would be exposed to situations or people that might encourage substance abuse
  • Have difficulty arranging transportation to go back to the facilities for sessions

Intensive Outpatient Program Goals

  • Maintaining abstinence
  • Achieving behavioral change
  • Participating in support systems such as 12-step groups
  • Addressing psychosocial issues such as housing, employment, and meeting probation requirements.
  • Developing a support system
  • Improving relapse prevention skills

Detox is the first stage of alcohol and drug abuse treatment. It plays a crucial role in effective recovery, especially for heavy drinkers and users. It involves allowing the body to eliminate any traces of drugs or alcohol before treatment begins. Consequently, a lot of intensive outpatient programs do not offer detox services.

People who do not experience serious alcohol or drugs withdrawal symptoms can start IOP right away without going through a formal detox. However, the majority of people who have been alcohol or drug dependent for a period of time will struggle with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that, left unmanaged, may make them more likely to relapse. In some instances, withdrawal symptoms can be severe and life-threatening. Therefore, medically assisted detox is often recommended to provide the support necessary.

Pros and Cons of IOP

Benefits of intensive outpatient programs:

  • Ability to live at home while in rehab
  • Lower cost
  • Flexible schedule

Drawbacks of intensive outpatient programs:

  • Returning to an environment where there may be temptations
  • Lack of medical care/detox services.
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Time Commitment

Intensive outpatient programs generally consist of 9 hours or more of treatment for 3 to 5 days per week, though some programs may offer fewer hours per week. Also, you can expect IOP treatment to range from 6 to 30 hours per week and to last about 90 days. Typical therapy sessions will be between 1 and 2 hours.

Even though 90 days is the standard length of treatment, its length can be adjusted based on the person’s needs, support system, and mental health status.  Moreover, an individual that builds skills and remains clean, for instance, may require fewer and fewer sessions over time.  While someone who relapses during the program may need more sessions or even need to be moved up to a higher level of care.

IOPs and completed in rehabilitation facilities. Usually, a medical professional assesses how long someone needs to be in treatment based on several factors, such as the severity of addiction and other mental issues (co-occurring disorders).

Take Control of Your Life Today. Our friendly mental health specialists won’t give up on you.  IOP may not be the best treatment program that suits you. For inpatient treatment call us now to talk about it. We a have 24/7 hotline ready to assist you.

We Level Up FL can help with inpatient primary mental health programs. Depending on the extent of secondary disorders, we can first help assess your condition and thereafter guide you to suitable treatment options. We do not offer PHP, IOP, or outpatient level of care at this time. Programs, services, and treatments vary. Get a free assessment and find out what treatment options are most suitable for you. Call to learn more.


[1] NCBI –