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How Does Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Addiction Work?

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An intensive outpatient program, also known as an IOP, provides a middle-level of support for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. This program is less supervised and formal than residential care. But an intensive outpatient program offers more structure than outpatient services. It’s also an excellent choice for clients who want to recover and are reliable enough to spend time away from the recovery facility without relapsing. Located in Massachusetts, Rockland Recovery offers several levels of care for those wishing to heal from substance use disorder. If you are considering enrolling in a professional addiction treatment program, the IOP at Rockland Recovery could be the exact level of care you need to end your substance abuse.

How Does Intensive Outpatient Treatment Work?

Clients who take part in intensive outpatient treatment spend a minimum number of hours each week in treatment. Usually, the time commitment is around ten hours each week. During this time, they’ll report for counseling, therapy, or support at the recovery facility. Most programs offer IOP care several days a week. As a result, clients can work their recovery while still meeting home, work, or school obligations.

During intensive outpatient treatment at Rockland Recovery, clients attend sessions of addiction counseling. These include addiction therapies such as group or family counseling, stress-management skills training, or support group meetings. After several hours of treatment, clients are free to return home. Treatment usually takes place between three and five days a week.

Is Intensive Outpatient Treatment Right for Everyone?

Only your recovery team can decide whether an IOP is right for you. But you may be a suitable candidate for intensive outpatient treatment if you meet certain qualifications, including:

  • You’re motivated to recover.
  • You have no accompanying mental health issues that may prevent you from returning for treatment.
  • There is no long-term history of substance abuse.
  • Your home environment is safe and stable.
  • You require more support than outpatient care provides.

Talk with your care team if you’re interested in participating in an IOP. This treatment program has several advantages over other addiction treatment programs, including residential care. Also, if it’s a good fit for you or your loved one who battles addiction, you’ll have the flexibility to schedule other obligations around your treatment plan.

What Are Some Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Treatment?

Addiction therapy with an IOP is typically a less expensive option than residential care or partial hospitalization. You spend less time at the Rockland Recovery facility. Therefore, there’s no need to pay for room and board. Your insurance carrier may also be more agreeable to an intensive outpatient program for the same reason.

An IOP also gives clients more freedom during the period of recovery. Those who have home or work obligations they can’t ignore may find an IOP easier to incorporate into their daily schedules. Still, while the hours spent in addiction therapy are less, clients receive the same high quality of care they would enjoy in a residential program.

Addiction Treatment at Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers

Clients in the Massachusetts area may choose Rockland Recovery for addiction counseling provided in an IOP setting. Our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs include day and evening IOP and our partial hospitalization program (PHP). Clients who don’t require the constant support and supervision of residential care will find help and hope at Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers.

Choose Rockland Recovery for an IOP Today

When you’re ready to ask for help in overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call Rockland Recovery at 855.732.4842 or complete our confidential online form. Our experienced and compassionate team will work with you to design an individualized plan that addresses your specific needs. Similarly, you may visit us online to learn more about the high level of care we offer in addiction treatment. Contact us today for more information.

Medical Reviewer Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Medically Reviewed by Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Kate is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in the field of substance abuse for the last nine years. At Rockland Recovery, Kate works to provide resources to the local community and engage and progress Rockland Recovery’s alumni program.


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