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Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program

Mental Health Center of San Diego

Intensive Outpatient

It’s a known fact that drug and alcohol abuse disorders take their toll on the mental health of affected individuals. However, getting fantastic treatment in San Diego is pretty straightforward. Are you a very busy person, and do you require excellent supervision during your recovery treatment? Then, an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program is the best option for you.

What is an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program?

Intensive outpatient treatment programs are designed to provide intensive treatment while allowing patients to maintain their independence. An intensive outpatient program, or IOP, is a treatment offered by treatment centers to help people transition from inpatient to outpatient care. IOP services are provided during set blocks of time during the week, whereas inpatient and residential programs provide treatment 24 hours a day. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s levels of care guidelines, intensive outpatient programs must last between nine and twenty hours per week.

Participants in intensive outpatient programs typically can live in sober living environments affiliated with their treatment center, with supportive friends or family, or even alone if adequate emotional support is available. Many IOPs are timed or structured to allow patients to work, go to school, or take care of their families. As a result, many intensive outpatient programs are available at night or on weekends.

Who Should Attend an Intensive
Outpatient Treatment Program

Given the vast roles that intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) can perform, individuals who participate in IOPs can come from various treatment contexts. Several patients in IOP are transitioning from acute care, whereas others may benefit from IOP as the beginning point for their rehabilitation efforts.

An excellent candidate for IOP possesses the following characteristics:

  • Completed a residential or partial hospitalization program
  • Developed adequate coping mechanisms
  • Exhibited their ability and willingness to participate in their treatment plan for rehabilitation
  • A long-term support system at home or in the community.

Intensive outpatient treatment may be the first time an individual receives active treatment in an outpatient setting for some individuals. Those transitioning from acute treatment have frequently gained vital skills that they may now put to use in an environment that still allows for frequent therapeutic interaction. In addition, there are several other benefits to participating in an intensive outpatient treatment program, including:

  • A less severe addiction afflicts you.
  • You’re utilizing this treatment as a means of continuing your rehabilitation.
  • The most important things you require are emotional support and reintegration into your society.
  • You are unable to commit to inpatient treatment.

What to Expect From Intensive Outpatient Treatment
at the Mental Health Center of San Diego

While each program is unique, some elements can be found in nearly every San Diego intensive outpatient treatment program. These are some of the fundamental characteristics:
  • Encouragement to participate in 12-step meetings.
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy at least three days per week
  • Family therapy
  • Access to crisis services
  • Urine drug testing
While each program is unique, some elements can be found in nearly every San Diego intensive outpatient treatment program. These are some of the fundamental characteristics:
  • Relapse prevention
  • Coping skills for managing cravings and triggers
  • Stages of change
  • Co-occurring mental health concerns
  • Health and wellness
  • Goal setting
  • Understanding the underlying causes of substance use disorders
  • The role of spirituality in recovery

Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs

Decades of research and experience have proven the advantages of intensive outpatient treatment. Multiple research studies have confirmed the effectiveness of IOP.

IOP has several advantages over acute care and outpatient care:

Treatment that is Both Balanced and Effective

IOPs strike a balance between outpatient autonomy and residential or inpatient treatment rigor. Intensive outpatient programs are less expensive than acute care and provide more programming options than traditional outpatient treatment.

Availability of Mental Health Services

IOPs are well suited to addressing mental health conditions because they include frequent, predictable access to mental health providers. During intensive outpatient treatment, it is common for previously undiagnosed mental health conditions to be diagnosed.

Availability of Medical Services

In intensive outpatient treatment, physicians, advanced practice allied health professionals, and nursing staff conduct ongoing health needs assessments and medication management.

Significant Therapeutic and Educational Possibilities

IOPs provide complete services that allow patients to make significant and sustainable progress in a relatively short amount of time, with fewer clinical hours than residential or partial hospitalization programs.