Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Intensive Outpatient substance abuse treatment is for people who cannot take advantage of an inpatient treatment program.
Intensive Outpatient programs require patients to participate in programs that last for several hours a day. The members of the outpatient groups receive one-on-one counseling, group therapy and educational activities that include films, reading, speakers, and homework assignments.
Many court-ordered substance abusers must attend these intensive programs as part
of their sentence which can last from eight weeks to six months.
IOP includes screening to discover the extent ofthe addiction and, if other mental health problems exist, regular evaluations of the patient’s progress by trained
substance abuse counselors, and orientation to community services.