Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for Addiction Treatment

For those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, getting the help you need may seem like a long battle. Maybe you’ve recently completed residential treatment but still need the help and guidance of a recovery program, or you’re considering rehab for the first time but don’t want to put your life on hold. Regardless of your situation, the highly-trained professionals at True Recovery are here to help, and our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) might be the solution you’re looking for to help you on your recovery journey.

What is Outpatient Therapy?

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (commonly referred to as IOP for “Intensive Outpatient Program”) is a treatment program for those that do not require a medically-supervised detox, cannot commit to long-term care, or have recently completed a drug or alcohol residential rehab but wish to continue with intensive aftercare as they transition back into their daily lives.

An IOP allows you to receive treatment and have access to the same therapies available in residential care while living off-site. Instead of remaining on-site 24/7 for the length of the program, you’ll regularly visit an addiction treatment campus to attend meetings, therapy sessions and more before returning home at night. This allows a great deal of flexibility so you can focus on your recovery and still be able to manage responsibilities at work, home or school. Admission to and successful completion of these types of programs can depend on your particular circumstances, including the severity of addiction, type of drug abuse, and treatment history.

At True Recovery, we offer unique and individualized intensive outpatient programs in Newport Beach, California, that allow you to work on your recovery and move toward your life goals, while also maintaining a sense of control over your professional and personal life.

Is an IOP Right for Me?

Intensive outpatient treatment is often utilized for individuals who are ready to seek help for their substance use but can’t commit to a residential program, or those who are transitioning out of a more intensive level of care but still need ongoing support. Regardless of the reason, IOPs can help clients stay on track in their recovery while introducing more independence and flexibility than other treatment options can offer. Everyone finds their own unique path toward recovery, but an IOP may be ideal for:

  • Individuals who do not wish to participate in a residential program, but are still strongly committed to their addiction recovery
  • Individuals who may have slipped up and are seeking to regain a foothold in recovery after a brief relapse
  • Those who have completed residential treatment and need structured support as they cope with a relapse or make their transition back to independent living
  • Substance abusers with a dual diagnosis, as they may graduate to outpatient programs as their needs change
  • Clients who do not need to go through, or have already completed, a detoxification process

How does an IOP Work?

At True Recovery, you will undergo an initial assessment and psychiatric evaluation to determine if you are an IOP candidate. You will then devote some time to regimented recovery activities through individualized or group process therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and other proven methods. Additional treatments you may experience in IOP may include:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Chemical dependency education
  • Life skills development
  • Relapse prevention
  • Holistic therapies
  • Family counseling
  • Reintegration groups
  • Medication management
  • Support for achieving professional or academic goals
  • Recovery support (12-step, SMART, etc.)

IOP schedules are flexible to accommodate busy schedules and treatments are offered several times a week for a few hours each day. Those who undergo IOP treatment are typically assigned to small groups of peers and skilled professionals, who then serve as your primary support network. Together, you’ll work toward sobriety, build self-esteem, and learn important life skills by participating in a variety of therapeutic activities based on your goals and needs. 

Benefits of an IOP

If an intensive outpatient program is right for you, this level of care can be very beneficial compared to other treatment options. Residential programs are often recommended for those in early recovery who can make it work, but sometimes it just isn’t practical or necessary. If this is your situation, or you’ve recently completed inpatient treatment and want ongoing care, lifelong recovery is possible with an IOP since it provides the following benefits:

  • It allows the client to maintain their family, work, and educational commitments. IOP programs are only part-time, which means clients can continue to go to work, be with their friends and family, and live a normal life while undergoing treatment.
  • It gives clients suffering from severe addiction or mental health issues a structured program to help continue their recovery after residential treatment.
  • A balance between day-to-day life and normal daily activities help the client cope even after the IOP has been completed.
  • Clients will be able to immediately apply what they learn in therapy in the real world, practicing their new recovery skills and discovering what works and what doesn’t. They can then use this information to develop improved strategies for sober living with their recovery team.

Your individualized IOP treatment plan will be designed to provide these benefits and help you keep moving forward in recovery. With numerous techniques for healing and ongoing support from peers, providers and alumni, you’ll always receive the care you need to achieve lasting sobriety.

What happens After IOP?

After IOP, what comes next will depend on a variety of factors, such as your recovery goals and progress. Some clients choose to transition into a less intensive outpatient program, while others may opt for extended care services such as 12-step or SMART support, medication management and ongoing therapy. Since you’re already used to independent living and a flexible program, transitioning into a lighter treatment schedule is often seamless as long as you have a stable and supportive home environment. If you participate in care after IOP, you will continue to maintain a relationship with your counselors, addiction specialists and other members of your recovery team but will take the initiative in setting treatment goals, practicing coping skills and further developing healthy habits that promote long-term sobriety. This allows you to take charge of your recovery and acquire the tools you’ll need to maintain it after treatment, especially when confronted by triggers, cravings and other obstacles.

Dynamic Recovery Support

At True Recovery, we understand there is no one right way to heal. That’s why we offer multiple groups and approaches that resonate with clients with various beliefs, interests and backgrounds. As individuals find their own path to recovery, our role is to support and guide them, rather than insist on one particular ideology. In addition to the traditional 12-step method, we also offer alternative approaches such as SMART Recovery and LifeRing Secular Recovery.

SMART Recovery is a program that utilizes evidence-based techniques to help those struggling with substance use. Participants attend meetings and learn self-reliance, coping skills and more as they develop the inner ability to change destructive habits and live a fulfilling life. Instead of focusing on being “powerless” or relying on a higher power, SMART Recovery empowers individuals and utilizes a Four Point Program to help them maintain their sobriety.

LifeRing Secular Recovery believes that each individual is best equipped to design their own approach to recovery. Participants are supported by like-minded peers who are working to achieve their own recovery goals and attend meetings for advice, guidance and information. Following specific steps or achieving a spiritual awakening are not required, as LifeRing emphasizes sobriety via peer support and a personal recovery plan.

Both during and after IOP, recovery groups such as the 12-steps, SMART Recovery or LifeRing can help you remain committed to the goal of long-term sobriety and provide support when you need it most. Attending meetings can also help you connect with recovery-oriented peers, form healthy relationships and provide a fresh perspective that can help you understand your problems in a new way.

How is True Recovery’s IOP Different?

At True Recovery in Orange County, groups are kept small to ensure that you get the individualized care that you deserve. Since every addiction is different, you will follow a customized treatment plan designed by highly-trained professionals who can determine the underlying causes of your substance abuse and develop a treatment plan.

In addition, our goal-focused approach is unique. We encourage you to work toward a dream you might not have thought possible, such as furthering your education, starting on a new career path, or rebuilding relationships with family and friends, and use this goal to motivate your recovery.

With the help of supportive peers and our compassionate team, you can transform yourself and adopt personal philosophies that can serve as the bedrock of the rest of your life. Contact us today at our Newport Beach facility to get started or give us a call at (866) 399-6528.