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Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) by State

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) by State

Intensive Outpatient Programs for Substance Abuse in the United States

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are by definition an outpatient drug rehab program, but it does not necessarily rely on detox to assist their patients through treatment. The detox process will primarily be done within a different setting such as a medical detox or traditional detox program. Intensive outpatient programs will help people struggling with chemical dependency problems, gambling addictions, alcohol problems, sex addiction, and other addictive disorders. These facilities are not necessarily large-scale operations, but rather provide services for their clients for periods of 10 to 20 hours a week, so as the client can still maintain his or her on-going responsibilities.

What do typical intensive outpatient programs provide clients?

A typical IOP treatment center will offer group and individual services, and the duration of time will normally be less than 20 hours a week, but can of course go longer when required. The patient does not stay in the center, but is responsible attending regularly to meet all the required needs for his or her counseling. The facilities will provide group therapy, which can operate within 12-step meetings and other forms of group counseling. Individual therapy and counseling services can assist the addict through their difficult time, and ensure they can begin to rebuild their lives.

Will intensive outpatient programs assist with transitioning someone into a residential treatment center?

Yes; there will be situations where a patient will not respond to an IOP treatment routine, as there is a responsibility placed on the addict to remain sober while they attend rehab daily. Some cases may be too far gone for this method, and intensive outpatient programs will assist with helping a client transition into a residential center. Some drug rehabilitation programs provide everything under one roof, and operate as both intensive outpatient services and residential facilities. Because addiction impacts everyone in unique ways, the proper method and approach for help should always be considered and a first priority.

How do intensive outpatient programs monitor whether or not a patient is staying drug or alcohol free?

There are some methods, which these facilities utilize to ensure their clients remain drug free. Typically, it is done through random scheduled drug testing, which will detect if the person has used any drugs within a 24-hour period. Other methods include continuous interviews, and keeping in contact with family or friends, but there is much responsibility placed upon the patient to take the initiative with wanting to become clean and sober. Intensive outpatient programs are not for everyone, but they will help an addict start onto the path of recovery, and beginning to learn how to live a drug and alcohol-free life.



Dr. Rohit is a Diplomate of the American Society of Addiction Medicine who has been supervising successful detox for over 13 years.


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