Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is another step in the recovery process. After clients transition from the full-time residential treatment facility and then Day Treatment, they progress to our intensive outpatient program. While attending IOP, clients continue to live in the sober living environment and attend group and individual therapy for half the day. The rest of the day is spent working or finding a job, going to school, going to 12-step meetings, or other recovery activities that help prepare for life outside the facility. The IOP allows patients to begin the move to regular life activities while still receiving treatment, valuable support, and individualized help and attention. Generally clients spend about 45 days in IOP as they prepare for the transition to aftercare.
At 4th Dimension, our IOP program encourages active participation in 12-step programs in addition to the IOP participation. IOP is a powerful tool in the wholistic and comprehensive recovery that we want for all our patients. As clients successfully progress from residential treatment to PHP to IOP to aftercare, they are prepared to live a sober life with as many tools, skills, and resources as we can give them.
Some of the benefits of being in an intensive outpatient program is that our clients are able to continue dealing with many physiological and psychological issues that accompany extended drug use and addiction such as:
Developing Life Skills
Learning Relapse Prevention Skills
Managing Urges and Cravings
Understanding Brain Chemistry
Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (also known as PAWS)