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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

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Rolling Hills Recovery Center Intensive Outpatient Program

Rolling Hills Recovery Center defines an Intensive Outpatient Program as group therapy attendance of nine to fifteen hours per week, 3- 5 days per week, 3 hours a day, and a minimum of weekly individual sessions. Regular family therapy sessions will be provided in cases where the family and client are willing to participate. Clients will be assessed using ASAM, PPC-II 6 dimensions of assessment with Patient Placement Criteria to determine the appropriate level of care.


This will be accomplished through clients’ self-reports, client needs, and the treatment team assessment. The phasing process from an Intensive Outpatient Program to an Outpatient Program is based on the client’s progress toward individualized treatment goals and needs. Whereas partial care focuses on education and skill attainment, IOP will focus on using the knowledge attained in partial care. At this level of treatment, a client will practice the skills acquired, and the counselor shall be responsible for monitoring the client’s performance through motivational approaches and coaching.


IOP will also focus on developing sober support networks and engagement in community-based support groups to increase protective factors. The counseling staff will evaluate the client’s coping skills and problem-solving techniques to increase self-esteem and personal relationships. Clients who have solidified abstinence and developed a relapse prevention plan will be titrated to the Outpatient Program.

Clients will be in an Intensive Outpatient Program for approximately 6 to 10 weeks. Length of stay in the Intensive Outpatient Program may be extended depending on the client’s needs and objectives not met in their individualized treatment plan. Rolling Hills Recovery Center will utilize the NJSAMS database emphasizing the ASAM and Level of Care index, which will come from staff’s assessment and clients' self-report to determine the appropriate level of care.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

According to addiction statistics, 20 million Americans have an active substance use disorder, with the majority wrongly believing their situation is not that challenging.


For these kinds of people, Intensive outpatient programs would be beneficial to make sobriety a reality and provide the basic structure to do so. IOPs step in and cater to patients who face detrimental consequences when inpatient treatment removes them from positive environments such as family and work. IOPs strive to offer high-level care rather than routine outpatient treatments by switching between inpatient treatment and regular outpatient.


Though IOPs are mostly recommended, not all patients fit into its treatment methodology. Hence, find out how, why, and when intensive outpatient treatment applies to your problem.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

  • Will insurance cover drug and alcohol rehab?
    Private insurance is the most common and effective payment method for addiction treatment. It can pay for a significant number, if not all, of your rehabilitation appointments. Thanks to the efforts by private lobbyists and the government, rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction is now a mandatory benefit under insurance after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Paying for addiction treatment
    Ways to Pay for Addiction Treatment Here are the five points for financing that might be helpful for your treatment: ​ 1. Insurance 2. Self-Pay or Payment plan 3. Loan or second mortgage 4. Funding or Scholarships 5. Family Insurance ​ If a person has some benefits, they can use them for treatment and take advantage of insurance. If you use health insurance providers so that you can recover yourself from addiction because they collect payment regularly or they have scheduled their income as well. Self-Pay ​ The second method is self-pay, and in this method, you can pay for treatment in lump sums or months and create a payment plan so that you can pay weekly, monthly, or whatever you choose the way to treat. Loan ​ The third method to pay is a loan. You can take a loan or a second mortgage from those homeowners. Funding or Scholarships ​ If you do some research, then you can find a lot of funding or scholarships for you that are available to you there. Family The last method to pay is family. Your family can help you financially with your treatment. There are many options available for you as a key for financial assistance so that you can choose one of these methods for addiction treatment.
  • Will I lose my job if I go to rehab?
    Employees who get treatment for addiction while still at work are protected by the ADA and other laws like the MHPAEA, the ACA, and the Family Medical Leave Act, which all work together to make them eligible to return to work after the treatment.
  • How much does addiction treatment cost?
    Depending on your needs, treatment options for addiction vary from extensive medical detox to inpatient (or residential) care plans to less intensive outpatient ones. If your addiction is chronic or you are also grappling with a dual diagnosis, then long-term care at a residential facility is often the best option; but it is more costly. It's even more expensive when your situation necessitates the consultation of many specialists and the administration of costly drugs.
  • When is it time to go to rehab?
    Many believe that a person does not need to go to rehab, even if they struggle with the most severe addiction withdrawal symptoms. Still, studies show that last year almost 100,000 people died in the United States due to substance use disorder or overdoses. As 22 million people are suffering from addiction to either drugs or alcohol, there is a need to talk about this subject more casually. Many people don’t go to rehab because they feel ashamed of being addicted. There is a need to make them realize that no one can judge them if they see any symptoms; they should decide to visit a rehab as soon as possible.

We strongly advise IOP for people in early treatment stages or transitioning from hospital settings to home life. Intensive outpatient entails spending at least 9 hours per week in individual sessions and therapy groups. Don’t worry because the hours reduce as you continue to show lowered risks of relapse, more substantial drug-free community reliance, and treatment plan progress. 


Treatment does not end after completing an IOP; you and your doctor will create an aftercare plan where you may continue attending the outpatient clinic, but not as often. The aftercare plan includes all types of counseling you need to define where you work and live. Finding a suitable place is vital to help eliminate any risks of relapse, and the clinic may further refer you to social services like transitional living facilities or vocational training.

Furthermore, patients in IOP require minimal supervision with available support to effectively attend the set day programs, evening or weekend programs that offer a full range of services. Similar to other rehab programs, IOPs combine several methods and strategies that include the following:

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Dr. Williams presently serves on the board of Directors for two non-profit service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, Pa, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University. In Cincinnati, Ohio. He is licensed to practice addictions counseling in both New Jersey and Connecticut and has a pending application as a practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.

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Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Programs

Benefits of IOP

Intensive outpatient programs have numerous benefits, including:

Household Responsibilities

Intensive outpatient programs let you maintain household responsibilities while continuing your treatment phase, a distinguishing factor from other forms of rehabilitation. This is especially important to people who have children to take care of or cannot afford full-time nannies and may need continued supervised care. People with demanding jobs also benefit from this leeway to maintain household responsibilities. Look at IOPs as a flexible and freedom-filled treatment therapy. 

Strengthens Family Networks

IOPs have a treatment process that includes your loved ones and family close to you as you continue your recovery journey as part of your support network. In the long run, you can forge new, more profound, and long-lasting relationships with the people you trust. The treatment process entails meeting and spending time together with these people.

Keep Things Private

It is human nature to feel embarrassed when passing through certain conditions that society at large deem wanting; addiction is one such condition. You may not have known this, but patient confidentiality and nondisclosure are core aspects to consider when dealing with patients. 


First, you must consider that the first step of committing to a rehabilitation center is already arduous for most people. For patients to feel confident, secure, and recover much quicker, keeping their private lives intact goes a long way for any rehabilitation center.

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Inexpensive Process

The last benefit we’ll look at is the inexpensive nature of an IOP. Most IOPs cost you less because you are needed at the clinic for a few hours weekly compared to an inpatient treatment where you have to pay for accommodations, food, and the hours you spend there. Due to this nature, most patients tend to go for IOPs, regardless of whether or not it is the right pick.

What to Expect In an Intensive Outpatient Program?

What to expect at IOP?

IOPs use a 12-step participation program and center on 10-12 hours weekly of individual and group therapy. According to your doctor's prescription, you will have to visit your chosen facility three to four times a week for three hours. IOPs are generally almost centered around the following approaches, combine these aspects in an organized system, and incorporate therapy and the community during recovery. 


They include:

  • Matrix model

  • Therapeutic community

  • Motivational

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy

  • Community reinforcement and contingency management

  • 12-step facilitation

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Intensive Outpatient and Support Networks

Support Networks and IOP

Research shows that patients have a high chance of relapsing during the first 90 days of rehabilitation without the proper support networks. Most intensive outpatient programs include the right support networks during this period.


An inpatient treatment program guarantees long-lasting sobriety for those with severe alcoholism or drug addiction. Newcomers must pass through 90 meetings in 90 days, which entails a twelve-step meeting within the first three months of enrolling in rehab. This kind of program requires a comparable level of commitment that eliminates the possibility of balancing work or professional life with recovery.


IOPs come in handy at such times, with some staff going ahead to make recommendations for supplementing the IOP curriculum. These supplements could include alternative support groups like SMART recovery


However, keep in mind that IOPs might prove dangerous for newly detoxed patients without outside support. Strong network support goes a long way to help patients overcome temptations or inevitable relapse triggers.

Intensive Outpatient Program Affordability 

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You might wonder whether IOPs are more expensive than typical inpatient treatment; they are more affordable than inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment includes in-house accommodations, prepared meals, scheduled weekly therapies, and support groups. You only have to be at the clinic center for three hours a day and up to 5 times a week. 


The IOPs curriculum involves group discussions where patients learn about managing triggers, nutrition, and other actionable information.

Should You Choose an Intensive Outpatient Program?

Should you choose an IOP program?

IOPs therapies are an integral part of people who wish to end their addiction journey into a drug-free life. As we saw earlier, IOPs are not places for non-detoxed or unhealthy people who do not have a strong support network. Spending time away from your inpatient rehab could be detrimental, especially if you enjoy your work. However, many people report positive feelings and attitudes when working in the middle of treatment.


Strong family bonds, relationships, and longtime friends might make your recovery journey easy and quick. Due to these relationships, you may perform better in intensive outpatient treatment than in inpatient treatment. This is made possible when encouraging family members and friends to provide a robust support system that helps you stay afloat and in command of yourself. 


When you live with people who drink and use drugs, the clinic might be forced to suggest a residential treatment to get you away from possible relapse triggers.

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Bottom Line

Bottom line

Whether or not you go for an intensive outpatient program is your choice. But speak to your doctor or a mental health practitioner as soon as possible; either way, an IOP rehabilitation will help you. But the bottom line is always going to be that there are numerous treatment options for you, and one will work for you; find one, get a strong support network and stick to it.


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