Intensive Outpatient

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a treatment program that is recommended after a medical and clinical assessment if the therapist or doctor believes that the patient doesn’t need drug detoxification or round-the-clock supervision to overcome physical addiction.

The treatment is typically used to address any addiction issues, eating disorders, depression and other kinds of dependencies.

Intensive Outpatient 

For IOP, the length of stay for treatment is individualized to each patient. An intensive set of psychosocial and pharmacological services are provided in a setting that still accommodates home and work life. Anywhere from 9-12 hours of services are offered each week.

Unlike the residential treatment program, IOP treatment plans enable patients to live a normal and healthy life by continuing their day-to-day tasks.

Our unique program offers a well-rounded approach to outpatient treatment by employing a team of professionals to support every aspect of a persons life. Our Member Care Specialists will provide safety, support, camaraderie, and direction to help make the treatment experience a little easier while our Peer Support Specialists, who are certified by the state of Missouri, will offer support, hope, connection with others, guidance, and a sense of belonging, as well as motivation, to continue treatment and ongoing recovery.

IOPs are often linked to several other inpatient programs to help patients resume a smooth and seamless lifestyle with their communities and families. These treatment plans are developed to establish a support mechanism which doesn’t only help in managing the risk of relapse but also provides several coping strategies.

At Sana Lake Recovery Center, therapists design an intensive outpatient program after evaluating the patient’s physical and psychological state. They do their best to integrate the IOP treatment plan into a patient’s daily life so they can perform their professional responsibilities while recovering.

Along with other treatment plans, IOP aims to identify short term and intermediate goals to help patients remove the source of disturbance and stress in their life that has caused them to abuse drugs and alcohol.

Why Choose IOP Treatment over Residential Treatment?

Many people have professional responsibilities and family commitments to fulfill, therefore, their busy schedule prevents them from choosing a full-time care option. IOPs with their intensive care plan can play a critical role in helping people overcome their drug addiction. For many patients, continuing with intensive inpatient care is challenging, whether it is in a hospital, rehab, clinic or any other facility.

However, many live-in treatments, like inpatient intensive care, provide a high level of care by keeping patients with addiction away from alcohol or drugs they abuse. Not only this, the treatment option separates patients from people who often increase the risk of relapse and can sabotage all the recovery efforts.

However, the inpatient intensive care option despite all these benefits is not always feasible for everyone. People simply cannot leave their commitments for an extended period.

We at Sana Lake Recovery Center understand IOP is an ideal option for these patients. We offer the best IOPs and intensive care to people who are not able to opt for inpatient treatment. However, the ideal candidate for IOP must have a safe environment at home.

This means, to get admitted to an inpatient program the patient must have a supportive family to help them in the recovery process. If the patient lives in an abusive environment that encourages alcohol and drug use, we recommend residential treatment to get the afflicted patient away from the triggers.

We do not recommend IOPs to patients who suffer from severe co-occurring disorders and addiction cases.

IOP at Sana Lake Treatment

The intensive outpatient program varies from patient to patient, and facility to facility. Therapists at Sana Lake, design treatment plans that generally consist of 9 to 12 hours of individual and group therapy, per week.

Our addiction professionals encourage the participation of patients in different programs and sessions that our medical team arranges to provide a therapeutic environment. We also offer online programs that are useful for people who don’t have access to adequate treatment and services.

Regular participants of IOP are required to visit the rehab center at least four to five times per week, for two hours. As mentioned earlier, specific programs may vary from patient to patient. However, the IOP treatment plans at Sana Lake are designed according to the requirements of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). SAMHSA recommends IOPs programs that include 9 to 20 hours of participation.

Our IOPs provide a higher level of care by following standard outpatient program requirements.

Therapies involved in an Intensive Outpatient Program

The following are some therapies that are part of our IOPs.

Group therapy is an important aspect of an intensive outpatient program. Many studies have shown that group therapy does not only serve as a foundation but can be very effective in treating addiction. Participating in group session offers support in numerous ways.

  • It provides an opportunity to enhance communication skills. It is one of the resources for socialization. The step is crucial as it helps an afflicted individual make new relationships to form a positive outlook toward life.
  • It provides addicts access to the place where people facing a similar situation participate, comfort and support peers.
  • Group therapy reinforces healthy ways of interaction by providing a safe environment that is important for recovery.
  • The therapy sessions allow group leaders and therapists to convey important information as well as guide clients and teach important skills.
  • Group sessions help therapists and participants see positive recovery behaviors and allow participants to practice new methods to deal with addiction.

We have divided group therapy into the following categories:

  • Psycho-educational groups
  • Relapse prevention group
  • Skills-development group
  • Family group

Patients seeking IOP treatment can opt for individual therapy. The therapy focuses on treating withdrawal symptoms of addiction and encouraging the patient to remain persistent and abstain from drugs and alcohol. Therapists tend to monitor the patient’s condition closely during individual sessions and give them a private space to share their personal matters.

Intensive outpatient programs at Sana Lake Recovery Center offer alternative therapies that include a range of different treatments. Our music therapy, art therapy, equine-assisted therapy, and adventure therapy are some of the great examples. These complementary therapies aim to promote nonverbal ways of healing. We have trained therapists who know how to lead a particular treatment plan.

Support groups are also an integral part of our intensive outpatient programs in which an individual is encouraged to participate in groups, like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. Our addiction therapists host meetings and sessions on the premises to help individuals join in when they come in for treatment.

What If IOP Doesn’t Work for you?

IOPs are not for everyone. The program requires trust and a strong support system from the family to be successful. During IOP patients may have to submit random urine tests. If these tests show positive results for a chemical substance, the patient has to re-enroll in the inpatient or residential program.