A doctor meets with a patient in an outpatient treatment facility

The first step to a life in recovery free of drugs and alcohol is making the decision that you or a loved one has a problem and needs to seek help. Once this decision has been made, it’s time to start looking at the various treatment programs available to find which one suits you or a loved one best.

Here we take a look at one popular option for treatment known as intensive outpatient treatment.

What is intensive outpatient treatment?

Intensive outpatient treatment (commonly shortened to IOP) is a program that offers a very structured addiction treatment plan intended to kick start a life in recovery. IOP offers many A sign that states outpatient with a stethoscope in the backgroundof the same services as a more traditional intensive inpatient rehabilitation program, without requiring the individual to live on the campus.

While IOP’s do not require the individual to live on campus, they do provide highly structured environments and requirements that must be met.

Who is a good candidate for IOP?

Intensive outpatient treatment provides a strong program for those who are seeking professional help in battling their substance abuse problems. The following are good candidates for an intensive outpatient program:

  • Individuals who are committed to a life in recovery, but rather not participate in an inpatient program
  • Clients who have completed an inpatient program, and are looking for a stepping-stone program to help make the transition back to normal life
  • Those who are already in recovery who have relapsed and would like a program to help ease them back on track
  • Individuals who either have completed a detox program, or who do not require a detox program
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What are the benefits of IOP?

Intensive outpatient treatment provides several benefits to those who are a good fit for the program. The following are some of the benefits of an intensive outpatient program:

  • IOP’s are part-time commitments, thus allowing the freedom to keep pursuing academic, employment, or family commitments while receiving addiction treatment
  • Despite being part-time, IOP still provides a structured environment and accountability to the individual’s sobriety that is crucial for success
  • IOP provides a safe place to discuss and deal with the difficulties one may face early on in sobriety in day-to-day life
  • IOP can greatly help those who have already completed a residential program or who have recently relapse get back on the right track of recovery

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.