Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) At Northpoint Colorado

With residential addiction treatment, it’s required that you live at the facility, and for some, that can become pretty tricky. Perhaps you feel you can’t take that much time away from your family or job, but you want help to heal from your substance use disorder or maintain your sobriety.

For those who have safe and secure home environments, an intensive outpatient program could be the missing piece in your puzzle. Northpoint Colorado is here to help make sure none of your puzzle pieces is lost.

Researching different treatment programs is a great way to better understand and weigh your options. If you do this, you can determine what’s best for you among all of the different treatment types.


What Is An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a type of treatment used for substance use and/or mental health disorders. In IOP, you will be attending a treatment center, like Northpoint Colorado, around three days a week. While you are at the treatment center, you will take part in group meetings, therapies, and other positive activities that will provide you with a sense of community and some great resources to help you achieve or maintain your sobriety.

If you think an intensive outpatient program sounds like something you would benefit from, but you aren’t sure if it’s the right program for you, speaking with a licensed medical professional would be a good first step toward determining if IOP is what would be the best fit for you. You can do that by calling us at Northpoint Colorado anytime at 970-410-8228.

 How Does IOP Help?

During IOP, you will first be taught how to manage and maintain a healthy life without self-medicating with drugs or alcohol, and then you will work on applying those lessons to your own life.

Intensive outpatient programs help by giving the patient the chance to take what they learned during treatment and test it out in their daily life. Doing that can help patients gain confidence through successfully changing their previous behaviors to better ones. It can help patients realize what does and doesn’t work for them in regard to behavior changes. It can also provide them the opportunity to better understand themselves and those surrounding them.

Having the ability to test those kinds of skills or behavior changes is really important because sometimes you may think something will work, but it won’t actually work when you try to do it. It’s easy to talk about how you can change behaviors, but it can be much harder to actually do it. For instance, if a behavior change was tried but didn’t work well, having the support at the treatment center just in case can really work wonders with lowering the chances of relapse.

Intensive outpatient programs often use group therapy. Using groups is a great way to create community and also help the patients with understanding their feelings and the feelings of others. Being able to talk to someone who has gone through a similar situation can really help provide you with some clarity or a different perspective. Using groups can also create a sense of community that can give a person a purpose and drive them to continue their sobriety.

What Happens During Intensive Outpatient Treatment?

During an intensive outpatient program, the patient will be attending group therapy or support groups at the treatment facility about three days a week. How long you stay each day depends on your program plan. Most of the time an IOP will have groups and individual therapy you will attend. Through all of these groups and therapies, you will be able to develop your own independence while also being able to reach out for additional help if needed.

Some facilities, like Northpoint Colorado, use a tiered step-down process. What this means is that you will start at a higher level of treatment, and as you complete each level, you will be moved down to the next tier.

For instance, let’s say the best course of action for you is to start with a partial hospitalization program. Once you complete that program, then you will be moved to the next step down, which would be an intensive outpatient program.

By doing it this way, you will be able to take what you learned from your more intensive treatments and apply it slowly over time. This can keep you accountable for your actions while also giving you some perspective or guidance during the learning and implementation process.

The levels of treatment at Northpoint Colorado are as follows:

  1. Detox — The detoxification process is one of the first steps toward recovery. Often when people stop using substances, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be very dangerous to manage alone. The detox program offers a medically supervised and medication-assisted detox process that will help ease withdrawal symptoms.
  2. Residential inpatient program — Once cleansed of all toxins related to substances, the inpatient program can begin. During this treatment, you will learn the root causes of your substance use, how to manage cravings, and how to train your brain to function without drugs. This will be done through a series of therapy and skills-building sessions. These programs typically last at least 28 days.
  3. Partial hospitalization program (PHP) — Partial hospitalization is the next step. During PHP, you will be allowed to return home at night to sleep. PHP typically requires you to come to the facility for treatment five hours a day for five days per week. PHP can last anywhere from 3-4 weeks, depending on the person.
  4. Intensive outpatient program (IOP) — IOP is very similar to PHP but does have some key differences. In IOP, you will only come to the treatment center about three days a week instead of five. The length of your IOP will vary based on your specific needs. IOP is the last step before gaining the ability to live completely on your own. The goal of IOP is to allow the patient to practice what they have learned, reconnect with their family, and also create a new support system while being able to return for scheduled support at the facility.
  5. Aftercare through alumni programming and activities — Alumni programs and activities are the last step in the recovery process. During these times, you will be completely independent of the facility and will be attending events, activities, and meetings with other alumni. The idea behind this is to create community among those who have successfully completed treatment. This can also help with preventing relapse.

Why Is An Intensive Outpatient Program Necessary?

Intensive outpatient programs are necessary because it can be very difficult for a person to go from inpatient treatment or partial hospitalization to no treatment at all. Intensive outpatient programs allow the patients another treatment option that will give them the opportunity to apply what they have learned. If they find themselves struggling, then they are still able to receive the support they need from the treatment facility’s services.

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Our Intensive Outpatient Program At Northpoint Colorado

We offer evidence-based treatment delivered by our highly qualified, licensed, clinical staff. We provide a full continuum of integrated care at our treatment center with a variety of detox, inpatient, and outpatient treatment programs for adult men and women.

Our programs are staffed by psychiatric providers, nurses, licensed therapists, and recovery technicians to provide care and support through all steps of treatment. Our intensive outpatient program offers group and individual therapies three days a week for a time period determined by your specific needs, along with a number of other support services.

While attending intensive outpatient treatment, your main objective is to become more prepared to resume life after treatment. Through IOP, you will be able to take what you learned from therapies, education, and other assistance you received in treatment and put it into practice in real life. Because IOP offers flexibility, it can allow you the opportunity to reconnect with your family and/or build new support groups.

Your feelings and behaviors will continue to be monitored throughout your IOP to assess whether you may need more support or if you are doing well. If you need additional support, Northpoint Colorado staff members will be ready and waiting to help you through it.

Through using proven treatment methods, we have seen success in helping people to heal and restart their lives. Our mix of services available to people in addiction treatment is designed to not only treat the physical and mental grips of substance use disorder but also teach about healthy lifestyles for when the time in the rehab facilities or programs has ended.

If you or a loved one is ready to seek treatment in a caring, experienced, evidence-based program with proven results, call us today at 970-800-6112.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an IOP in mental health?

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are programs where the patient only goes to the treatment facility a few times a week for a certain number of hours based on their specific needs. People in an IOP are able to leave the facility and go home once their treatment is completed.

How long do IOP programs last?

Intensive outpatient programs typically last for at least a month. The length of a person’s IOP depends on their specific needs, and therefore can last for longer than a month. At Northpoint Colorado, our intensive outpatient program involves group and individual therapies three days per week and lasts an amount of time that is specified by the patient’s needs.

What is an IOP and why is it used?

An intensive outpatient program is a treatment method where the patient has more independence but still comes to the treatment center for continued support.

IOP is used for a variety of reasons. One of those is because it can be a great option for those who are unable to attend inpatient residential treatment. IOP is also a very good stepping stone toward full independence as it is one of the lower levels of care in most treatment centers.

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