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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

What Is An Intensive Outpatient Program?

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (or IOP) is a program sometimes recommended. For those who don’t need a detox supervised by medical staff, this can be the best option.  It is also intended for those who may have already finished initial treatment, but to help them continue forward.

It’s considered part-time, to work even better with jobs and family. This way you can keep your ties to family strong. Drug recovery programs can save you from your real life and isolate you. This option is a way to keep everyone together and a part of your recovery.

The main form of treatment for an Intensive Outpatient Program is group therapy. There is also individual therapy weekly. This is so that a support group is maintained and also personal accountability.

There are a lot of topics covered in our Intensive Outpatient Program therapies.

Some of these topics include:

  • Understanding addiction and its brain chemistry
  • Relapse prevention
  • Life skills
  • Spirituality
  • Learning with the 12-steps principles
  • Managing urges
  • How addiction progresses

Of course, this all depends on need. If further instruction is needed, then it will be recommended. Such as family counseling, life skills, or employment issues. We strive to help make everything as informative and helpful as possible.

How these process works are that over time it becomes slowly less intense. You give daily “homework”. This is so we can make sure you are focused and we can help. As you grow stronger you will need less consistent attention.

Our goal is to make you more self-sufficient so you can move on as you go. Kind of like graduating to a less intense situation.


The Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Programs

Inpatient treatment programs are what you generally think of when you hear about rehab centers. They are residential where they have patients stay. Usually, there are heavy rules to follow and a lack of trust.

You give up your day to day life and earn privileges as you follow the treatment. This can be thirty days or more away from your life. It can make stepping back into your life even more difficult after treatment.

Outpatient programs are definitely more independent. You continue to control your life and stay at home. We give our support and care, but ultimately leave you to take back the reins on your life.

What Is Drug Detox And Why Is It Necessary?


Detoxification is an important term to know. Detoxing is the process of toxins being cleansed from the body. When someone uses drugs regularly, their body grows used to the substance.


When someone stops using the substance suddenly, the body going into overdrive. This is called withdrawal. The body can believe that without that drug it cannot function. Many uncomfortable and painful symptoms follow.

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • A headache
  • Racing heart

The body already has a natural detox system with the liver. The liver continuously cleanses the blood of impurities or waste. Taking too many drugs can not only hurt the liver but make it impossible for it to keep up.

Withdrawal symptoms are usually the hardest hurdle to overcome in the beginning. Commitment can be shaken. If someone uses drugs the withdrawal symptoms stop immediately but so does the detox.

Once past the first process of detoxing by winning against the withdrawal, the rest can seem a little easier. Without the pain of the withdrawal, those in recovery can see that they did beat it so far and can continue to do so.

Is Drug Detox Necessary?

There’s really no blanket statement that can be made. Every person reacts differently. There are plenty of stories out there that claim detox isn’t necessary. There are just as many stories saying it is.

It is widely believed that yes, drug detox is indeed necessary. This is why it is almost universally recommended. Developing dependence on drugs after abusing them is common but not always what happens for everyone.

Withdrawal symptoms are also different for everyone. They might not be as severe in some people’s cases. For others, they could feel like death throes.