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What is an IOP?

If you or your loved one have struggled with chemical dependency, such as alcohol or drugs abuse, you are most likely familiar with 12-step programs as a widely embraced aid in the recovery process. However, you may not be as familiar with Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs), deemed by professionals as a multi-component program meant to create an integrated and effective treatment modality occurring in an outpatient setting. This approach aligns with current research findings, which support the idea that recovery is best ignited through a variety of tools that tackle addiction from a holistic perspective.
What is an IOP

In case you are wondering what IOPs actually look like, consider the following components:

  • Early recovery groups,
  • Relapse prevention groups
  • Family education groups
  • Individual sessions
  • Social support groups
  • 12-step meetings
  • SMART recovery
  • Medication Assisted Treatment when appropriate.

These components are part of The Matrix Model, which is utilized as the foundation of IOPs. The ultimate goals of this approach are:

  1. To facilitate increase awareness of addiction disorders
  2. To improve the lives of individuals and families affected by chemical dependency, such as alcohol and drug use
  3. To employ the latest and most effective outpatient techniques in order to bring about increased quality of life for individuals struggling with addiction

If you are considering an IOP, you will first have to go through a comprehensive screening in order to ensure admission to the level of care most suitable to your needs. One of the advantages of IOPs is that treatment plans are individualized to each individual as unique on the road to recovery. As a result, how long you stay in the program will largely depend on your treatment needs, requirements and progress. Although the length of stay varies depending on those factors, the program typically offers days of treatment with a one-year aftercare program. Additionally, because family support is so crucial in the process of recovery, the treatment includes family programs meant to provide weekly education to family members in individual and group settings.

To learn more about the Intensive Outpatient Programs offered at Grace Counseling, please give us a call at (800) 972-0643.

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