What Is an IOP?

An IOP is an addiction treatment program that meets at least three days a week for about three hours a day. An IOP is the next lower level of care after a partial hospitalization program (PHP), a day treatment program that takes place five days a week for four to six hours a day. The goal of an IOP rehab is to help you become more independent and confident about your ability to stay sober as you resume your usual activities at work or school and with family and friends.

An IOP is not only ideal for those who need ongoing therapy and counseling for addiction, but also for those who want to devote more time to their careers, education, and families. IOPs are also ideal for those with a safe, stable, and supportive living environment that does not promote drug and alcohol use.

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a drug and alcohol rehab program for people who need treatment for addiction and substance use disorders. Knowing more about what an IOP is and how it works can help you make the best choice when you or a loved one is ready to begin a treatment program for addiction. Our IOP rehab in Phoenix, Arizona offers evidence-based treatment options.

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Which Conditions Can Be Treated in An IOP Rehab?

An intensive outpatient treatment program at a drug and alcohol rehab center can help you recover from nearly any type of substance use disorder, including that for alcohol, heroin, methamphetamines, and prescription drugs like opioids and benzodiazepines.

An IOP can also treat any co-occurring disorders you have, including those that drive your drug and alcohol use or that were triggered by substance abuse.

Behavioral health conditions that may be treated in an IOP include:

Mental health disorders, such as depression or generalized anxiety disorder, are characterized by a wide range of debilitating symptoms that can significantly impair an individual’s quality of life. These disorders can cause extreme emotional distress and lead to significant functional impairment in important areas of life, such as work or school. Unfortunately, mental health disorders often go undiagnosed and untreated for long periods of time, leading to increased suffering for the individual and their loved ones.

Behavioral addiction is an addiction to a behavior, rather than a substance. Behavioral addictions can include addictions to shopping, gambling, or using the Internet. These addictions can be very harmful, as they can damage relationships and interfere with work or school. Treatment for behavioral addictions often includes counseling and therapy.

Trauma, including PTSD, is a very real and serious issue. Trauma can occur from any number of events, both big and small. For some people, trauma can lead to long-term mental health issues. Trauma and PTSD are two very different things. Trauma is the result of a really terrible event, while PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after trauma has occurred.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that is characterized by unstable moods, relationships, and self-image. People with BPD often experience intense emotions and have trouble regulating their feelings. This can lead to impulsive behaviors and chaotic relationships.

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings. These mood swings can cause problems with relationships, work, and school. There are two types of bipolar disorder- bipolar I and bipolar II. Bipolar I is when a person has had at least one manic episode. A manic episode is a period of time where the person has an extremely high or irritable mood, decreased need for sleep, more energy than usual, and reckless behavior. Bipolar II is when a person has had at least one major depressive episode and at least one hypomanic episode.

Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is a type of mental illness that affects the way people interact with other people. It can make it hard for someone to talk to others or be in public places where they are around many people. It also makes it hard for them to do things like giving presentations and going on job interviews. Social anxiety disorder is something that a person may have from time to time but not every day, but if they have it all the time and find themselves unable to function because of it, then this could be considered a disability under the law.

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can have life-threatening consequences. There are three main types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

People who are under chronic stress have a harder time thinking creatively. This is because the brain’s ability to make new connections between ideas and developments is impaired by long-term exposure to cortisol, which can lead to anxiety or depression. Chronic stress also changes the structure of your brain cells, shrinking them in size so that there’s less room for learning and memory storage. It can even change how you look at things; studies show that people with high levels of cortisol tend to view others as more hostile or competitive than they really are.

All other anxiety disorders, including OCD and panic disorder, are not as well understood by the public as they should be. This is because they go beyond the normal worry that most people experience in their lives. These disorders are characterized by extreme fear of things like social situations or even just leaving the house at all.

Mood disorders are a type of mental illness that can affect your emotions, thoughts, and behavior. There are several different types of mood disorders, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and dysthymia. Seasonal depression is a type of mood disorder that occurs during certain times of the year, usually winter.

A person diagnosed with a substance use disorder and another mental or behavioral health condition is known to have a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring disorders can be effectively treated with dual diagnosis therapy in an IOP.

Services Included in An IOP

Before you begin treatment in an IOP, a group of addiction treatment professionals made up of doctors, therapists, and counselors will create a customized treatment plan just for you.

This treatment plan will include a variety of services that have been hand-picked for you based on your addiction type, any co-occurring disorders you have, and the unique reasons you started misusing drugs and alcohol in the first place.

Services you may receive in an IOP include:

  • Individual and group therapy and counseling sessions
  • 12-step support group meetings, like Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Medication management
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid or alcohol use disorders
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Motivational enhancement
  • Community reinforcement
  • The Matrix Model
  • Trauma-focused CBT
  • Stress management training
  • Relapse prevention training
  • Substance abuse education
  • Dual diagnosis therapy
  • Family behavior therapy
  • Case management
  • Sober companions program
  • Reliable sober transportation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Life coaching
  • Occupational therapy
  • Recreational therapy, such as equine or music therapy

What Happens After You Complete An IOP?

An IOP may last anywhere between four and 12 weeks, depending on the treatment programs available at your drug and alcohol rehab center. After you complete an IOP, you have the option of joining another outpatient program that meets less frequently than an IOP or an aftercare program or alumni program that helps you stay closely connected to the recovery community.

If at any time you feel as though you need extra support during or after completing an IOP, another option you have is moving into a sober living home. A sober living home offers a highly structured environment where you can focus completely on your recovery while also going to work or school. All residents in a sober living facility are in recovery from addiction and can give you the support and motivation you need to continue working toward a healthier, sober lifestyle.

A sober living facility requires you to wake and go to bed at the same time every day and attend regular support group meetings. You may be subject to random drug and alcohol testing, done to ensure you successfully stay on track with recovery and haven’t relapsed. In the event you do relapse, in-house counselors and managers will work with you to start a new treatment program that involves detox and different therapies.

Camelback Recovery manages four sober living facilities in Scottsdale: two for men and two for women. Our high-quality facilities and amenities will make you feel right at home as you continue with your addiction recovery journey.

How to Get Started in An IOP

When you’re ready to start an intensive outpatient rehab program, contact Camelback Recovery or the treatment center of your choice to make an appointment for intake and assessment.

You may be ready to join an IOP if you:

  • Recently completed drug or alcohol detox, a residential rehab program, or a PHP
  • Have a safe, stable, and supportive living environment
  • Have tried and failed to stay sober using other therapies, such as community support group meetings
  • You need a rehab program that can be scheduled around work, school, and family
  • You want to sharpen your relapse prevention skills
  • You need ongoing treatment for a dual diagnosis

After you arrive at our rehab facility, our medical professionals will talk to you openly and without judgment about your substance use disorder and dual diagnosis and about your personal goals and challenges as they relate to addiction. We’ll talk to you in greater detail about what to expect from an IOP and may recommend other treatment programs if we think they’re a better fit. Our goal is to help you improve your quality of life and achieve a long-lasting recovery from addiction.

Intensive Outpatient Rehab in Phoenix

At Camelback Recovery, we offer intensive outpatient treatment in Phoenix that can teach you the skills you need to manage triggers, stay sober, and get back to living a productive lifestyle. All our IOPs are customized for each patient to address the underlying causes of their substance use disorders. We can also help you transition into one of our sober living homes if you need a safe, supportive living environment as you make your way through recovery.

Contact us today at (602) 466-9880 to learn more about our IOP drug and alcohol rehab programs, or fill out our contact form to hear back from us within one business day. We’ll be more than happy to discuss all your available treatment options and get you started on your recovery right away.

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Staying at Camelback Recovery while attending the PCS Intensive allowed me to really dive into recovery. Beautiful, clean, and safe home…and the House Manager is one heck of a cook too! Thank you! 

John S, Scottsdale, Arizona

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