Intensive outpatient therapy (IOP) is a form of treatment often used by individuals who do not need immediate detoxification. Others may use this form of treatment after they have detoxed. This form of therapy provides more structure and intensive care than a standard outpatient therapy would. This allows the person to still maintain home and work obligations while working closely with a healthcare team. People who use IOP can generally schedule days and times to come in that works best for them, but they typically meet 3-4 days a week for 2-4 hours each day.
In a study conducted by McCarty and colleagues (2014), they found that patient outcomes of IOP were like those who used residential treatment, meaning that both sets of patients reduced alcohol consumption. However, IOP’s and residential treatment centers both serve to provide relapse management and coping skills. IOP may involve group therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, medication management, detoxification, and the matrix model, depending on the center. The Matrix Model is a therapeutic intervention used to treat addiction. A therapist works as both a coach and teacher to empower the patient to their recovery.
If you are considering using an intensive outpatient program, here are some characteristics that you will need to have:
- A dedicated support system
- A stable home life
- Good physical and mental health
- Not previously used an IOP before
- Minimal risk of relapse when returning home
- Comfortable in a group setting
If you do not have one of these factors needed for success in IOP, you may want to consider in-patient residential services. Treatment is often covered by insurance, and financial plans are often available as well. Because IOP’s do not require food and housing such as residential programs, they are often more affordable. However – no matter the cost, a person’s health and recovery is most important and you should speak with a health care professional to determine the best fit for you.
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