Intensive Outpatient Program

In Intensive Outpatient Treatment (also known as IOP for “Intensive Outpatient Program”) you will receive treatment, education, support and aftercare planning as you begin your journey to recovery. You’ll receive services primarily through group therapy, meeting three times a week, usually for a period of 12 weeks. You will also participate in medication management and individual therapy once a week. Family and couples counseling, when appropriate, will also be available.

Ongoing intensive outpatient group therapy, where you live at home but come to the clinic several times each week for therapy, is a very effective treatment for most people working on recovering from drug or alcohol dependence.

Components of Intensive Outpatient Treatment



Most clients, as part of their recovery treatment plan, will be under the care of our medical provider, who will develop, implement, and monitor an individual treatment plan using medication to assist with withdrawal and to help manage the cravings that many clients experience as they become acclimated to a substance-free life.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Sharing your experiences, struggles, growth, victories, and insights with other people facing similar challenges can be powerful. Group therapy assists in the healing process and is a safe environment in which members help and support one another. Some topics addressed in group therapy will include:

  • Rebuilding your personal life and family relationships
  • Understanding and Managing Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)
  • Identifying and altering unhelpful and distorted beliefs and thinking patterns
  • Biological, emotional and spiritual aspects of recovery
  • Navigating the stages of change
  • Grief, trauma, and loss


Group also provides a supportive environment where members learn about substance dependence and its consequences. Over time many areas of interest and significance will be explored:

  • Developing awareness, attention, and intention
  • Understanding the brain chemistry of addiction
  • Learning effective relapse-prevention techniques
  • The disease concept of addiction
  • Effectively managing urges and cravings
  • Drug and alcohol refusal training
  • Stress management
  • Addressing depression, anxiety, and other difficult emotions
  • The impact of biology and genetics on substance dependence
  • Assertiveness training
  • Conflict resolution
  • Pragmatic ways to manage and change negative thinking, emotions, and behavior


Active ongoing participation in community-based support groups is an important part of a long-term recovery plan. Support promotes the following:

  • A decrease in isolation. Those who suffer from substance-dependence issues often struggle with feelings of loneliness, shame, and inadequacy. Attending support groups helps break the cycle of isolation.
  • Meeting and engaging with others who are further along on the road to recovery provides a chance to develop a network of positive role models and inspiration. And many are surprised and gratified that their own experiences and insights are helpful to others.

While 12-step support groups are widely attended and generally recognized as being effective in helping maintain abstinence and recovery, there are many alternatives. Your therapist will help you locate appropriate resources.



In many ways substance dependence and addiction is a family disease, affecting both immediate and extended family members in powerful ways. We provide family support and counseling as part of weekly group therapy, in separate family support groups and through family therapy where indicated.

Topics and issues addressed:

  • Family dynamics of addiction
  • Reinstituting appropriate family boundaries
  • Addressing family enmeshment,  enabling and sabotage in recovery
  • Support, education and resources for families


Participating in a continuing-care program after completing intensive group therapy greatly enhances the likelihood of long-lasting recovery.  Our treatment includes extensive planning and support for aftercare.

A strong aftercare program will contain many of these components:

  • Ongoing participation in a 12-step or other community-based support groups
  • How to respond safely to slips without escalation
  • Structuring leisure time and participating in activities that support ongoing recovery
  • Pursuing educational, vocational, and work goals
  • Practicing daily living skills including money management and employment
  • Embracing ongoing spirituality and a renewed sense of purpose in whatever form is meaningful to the individual

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