In any Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), therapy sessions are at least three hours a day, three days per week. Physicians, psychologists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals administer treatment. IOP programs are more cost-effective than a residential recovery program, but they all share the same goal of sobriety and relapse prevention. Not all people who misuse substances or alcohol are considered addicted, but they may be at risk of becoming addicted. These Outpatient programs can help them before it’s too late.
While IOP treatment can involve one-on-one counseling, there is a focus on group therapy as well, because these are the sessions that really aim to help patients develop relapse prevention skills, as well as learning techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, or dialectical behavior therapy, depending on each person’s needs. The lengths of IOP programs differ from person to person, as they start to manage their successful recovery from addiction.