An Overview of the Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Programs

Coming to terms with a substance abuse problem? Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) is one treatment option for those struggling with addiction, and it is an excellent option for many patients who might think round-the-clock, inpatient treatment is the only route to sobriety. An inpatient program may be the best choice if you need closer direction and monitoring than you would receive in an outpatient setting.

Some of the main benefits of intensive outpatient programs include:

  • Flexible scheduling: This allows the patient to maintain their everyday responsibilities, such as maintaining a job and/or going to school.
  • Lower costs: There is no need to pay room and board as there is for a residential/inpatient program, and you’ll be able to live at your own home during treatment.
  • Higher retention rates: IOPs are more rigorous than lower-intensity, “regular” outpatient treatment programs.
  • Stay near family and friends: Isolation is a threat to recovery. If you have a strong support network of family or friends who want to see you get sober, IOP may be perfect for you.
  • More private: The lack of confidentiality, or the need to explain a prolonged absence, is what deters many from seeking addiction treatment. You can feel less exposed if you don’t have to live at a residential treatment facility.
  • Keep up with work and/or school: Taking months off from your job or school just isn’t feasible for many people in recovery. IOP gives you the chance to maintain your school or work schedule, although you’ll likely still need to take some time off during the most intense periods of withdrawal.

Is IOP Treatment Right for Me?

You may wonder if IOP is right for you, or if you’d be better suited to a more structured environment you’d encounter in an inpatient setting. While many patients come from an inpatient setting and transition to IOP, many transition straight from detox/partial hospitalization to IOP therapy. Ideal candidates are focused on getting well, and have a safe, supportive home environment. If you’re fighting sobriety and face daily temptations from others who continue to drink or use drugs, residential treatment is likely the better choice, so you’ll be away from your relapse triggers.

Learn more about our behavioral health and substance abuse recovery programs by calling (509) 863-9779 today.