What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

what is an intensive outpatient program (IOP) like in San AntonioIntensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are designed for people struggling with addiction and mental health who are medically stable but still need behavioral treatment and support. IOP is also ideal for clients who need a flexible addiction treatment program that doesn’t take away from their daily routines or responsibilities.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and ready to begin your recovery journey, please contact us today. An admissions counselor is available now to help you decide if a Texas IOP is right for you.

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

An IOP offers intensive, individually tailored addiction treatment on an outpatient basis. In terms of a continuum of care, IOP is a step down from a partial hospitalization program (PHP), but a step up from outpatient programming (OP). IOP is an affordable, effective treatment option that is extremely popular among people seeking freedom from addiction.

IOP allows you to live at home, take care of your family, or even continue your education while you recover from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Rather than being confined to a treatment facility all day long, you spend several hours a day 4-5 days per week in group and individual counseling sessions. Therapy sessions only last a few hours at a time, so they don’t take away very much time from your already busy daily schedule.

Even though IOP is flexible, it still allows ample time for highly focused, personalized care. The goal of our San Antonio IOP is to help you treat the driving forces behind your addiction, learn how to identify your triggers and develop relapse-prevention skills that will help you stay sober in the future.

Many people attend IOP after completing a higher level of care, such as inpatient detox or residential treatment. However, IOP is also a great starting point for people with mild addictions, supportive living environments, or busy schedules that do not allow them to dedicate a lot of time to treatment.

No matter your circumstances our IOP meets you where you are in your recovery so you can continue your healing in a safe, supportive environment.

What Does IOP Treat?

An individualized intensive outpatient program can address a wide range of mental health and addiction issues, including:

  • Alcohol abuse and addiction
  • Prescription opioid addiction
  • Drug addiction
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress
  • Mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mental health symptoms caused by substance abuse

IOP also offers case management to help you navigate things like insurance, legal or financial matters, and collaboration with your workplace.

What to Expect at an Intensive Outpatient Addiction Treatment Program in Texas

Group and individual counseling sessions are guided by talented, master’s level, licensed therapists who work individually with each client to help them overcome negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, while also developing positive coping skills and relapse prevention strategies for the future.

Therapy sessions may utilize evidence-based therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and others. While individual therapy focuses on your specific needs and treatment progress, small group psychotherapy sessions may focus on a multitude of topics, such as:

  • Substance abuse education
  • Self-care
  • Coping skills
  • Stress management
  • Relapse triggers
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Conflict resolution
  • Healthy communication
  • Self-worth

An intensive outpatient drug and alcohol rehab program also offers holistic healing therapies that promote relaxation, mindfulness, and fewer cravings. These therapies include yoga, art, music, meditation, and others.

Throughout treatment, our compassionate clinical team will work closely with you to evaluate your changing needs and tailor your treatment plan accordingly. When you are ready to leave IOP, you may step down to a lower level of care by going to our outpatient program (OP) or you may work directly with a counselor on discharge planning to prepare for life after rehab.

The Benefits of an IOP for Drug & Alcohol Rehab

Most clients at Alamo Behavioral Health participate in IOP at some point during their recovery journey. IOP is one of the most popular levels of care in addiction treatment for a variety of reasons.

Important characteristics that make our San Antonio IOP so appealing and effective for clients include:

  • Cost-effective – IOP is more affordable than higher levels of care, and it is covered by insurance.
  • Flexible – IOP offers flexible treatment scheduling that can work around your academic, family, or career needs.
  • Personalized – Each client undergoes a comprehensive assessment that helps our clinical team develop personally-tailored treatment plans based on your needs.
  • Adaptable – As you progress through treatment and grow in your recovery, your treatment needs may change. IOP addiction counselors will constantly re-evaluate your needs and modify your treatment program so that it supports you in the best way possible.

A team member is available now to help you decide if an intensive outpatient drug and alcohol rehab program is the right choice for you.

Start Your Recovery at our San Antonio Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Today

Alamo Behavioral Health is a dual-diagnosis addiction treatment facility in San Antonio, Texas that specializes in treating mental health and addiction issues. The admissions process begins with a phone call, during which a dedicated admissions coordinator will collect your information, verify your insurance, and help you choose the program that is right for you.

Learn more about our IOP or start the admissions process today by calling and speaking with an admissions counselor. We’re available now to help you begin.

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