What is An Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program
I Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) is where the person who is looking for treatment will remain where they are currently living and travel into a facility anywhere from 9 to 15 hours a week. Each session is generally 3 hours long and depending on the facility you choose, there may be a couple different times during the day you can go. As a general reference these times can be from 9 am to noon or from 6 to 9 pm. In an IOP setting, group therapy is the preferred method of treatment. In addition to the therapy sessions you receive in IOP they usually make it a point for their clients to attend 12 step meetings.
IOP treatment should be entered after a medically monitored detoxification process. Depending on the substance or substances being abused, it is imperative to seek a medically monitored detox because some withdrawals can cause permanent damage or even be fatal.