Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are usually the third step in a standard addiction treatment plan. This stage follows medical detox and either inpatient care or partial hospitalization. However, many professionals also highly recommend IOP for those in recovery who do not require detox or medically supervised inpatient care at all. Like PHPs, IOPs allow people in recovery to continue their treatment on a part-time, outpatient schedule.
Intensive outpatient programs are very similar to partial hospitalizations programs. However, they are much less intensive and take up much less time during the work week. Most IOPs usually last up to three hours per evening for three to five evenings. This totals between nine and fifteen hours of treatment each week. And, unlike PHPs, IOPs take place after work hours. This is especially convenient for people in recovery who have daytime responsibilities, like a job or school.
Typically, IOPs consist of individual and group therapy sessions that focus specifically on building appropriate coping skills for post-treatment recovery. This includes stress management, personal trigger avoidance, and relapse prevention.
At WAVE, Medically Assisted Recovery Anonymous (MARA) 12 step meetings occur every Friday evening. This support group is designed specifically for those undergoing MAT in recovery.
Most addiction care experts recommend that patients continue their addiction treatment in an IOP before moving on to outpatient care. After all, adjusting to everyday life in early recovery will take time. So, if you feel that you aren’t quite ready to return to your daily routine, receiving intensive care on an outpatient basis will help you prepare for the final transition.