Treatment Programs Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Substance Abuse

An introduction to outpatient care, IOP programs allow you to build healthy coping skills outside of clinical treatment while affording you increasing independence.

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What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

The intensive outpatient program (IOP) at The Recovery Village in Columbus, Ohio allows people to transition from inpatient care (such as medical detox and partial hospitalization) to outpatient treatment while affording an increased sense of independence. In an intensive outpatient program, those recovering from substance abuse can heal not only from the physical effects of addiction but also the emotional and physiological impacts of co-occurring mental health issues like depression.

Who Needs Intensive Outpatient Programming?

A good candidate for IOP has:

  • Completed a residential or partial hospitalization program
  • Developed strong coping skills
  • Shown they are capable and willing to participate in their treatment plan
  • A solid support system to rely on, at home or in the community

What to Expect During the Treatment Process

At The Recovery Village, we understand that addiction affects all areas of your life, and it can take more than an acute treatment program or hospitalization to completely heal from substance abuse. A more medically involved form of outpatient care, intensive outpatient programs serve as a smooth transition from residential treatment and offer comprehensive daytime therapy. During the IOP, you can live off-site or in a sober living facility while attending daily scheduled appointments and interventions.

Intensive outpatient program guidelines dictate patients participate in at least nine hours of therapy each week. Each day you will set aside a specific amount of time to your personal fight against addiction, but you won’t be alone. While you meet with medical professionals to address your physical needs, you will also spend time with a therapist to overcome any co-occurring disorders you face. Our multidisciplinary approach focuses on whole-person recovery, treating substance abuse addiction as well as mental health disorders. During confidential, one-on-one sessions with your therapist, you’ll learn how to bolster your mental health and deal with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, an eating disorder, or any other issues you need guidance on.

Alongside individual counseling, IOPs also offer group treatment sessions. Skills-based group therapy sessions focus on developing strategies for everyday sober living outside therapy and build your sense of independence and freedom as you transition to outpatient care. In these groups, you’ll have the chance to share your addiction testimony, meet people who share your struggles, and walk the path to recovery surrounded by others doing the same.

The Recovery Village’s IOP Program Includes:

  • Mental health counseling
  • Daily medication management
  • Support group meetings
  • 12-step programming
  • Exercise and recreational opportunities

For many people, participation in an IOP leads to long-lasting recovery. However, there are a couple of important considerations with IOPs to keep in mind. To enroll in this kind of treatment, it is vital that you have a strong support system (at home, in the community, at the center, etc.) since outpatient does not provide the same level of supervision as inpatient treatment. But most importantly, to get the most out of an intensive outpatient program, your willingness and commitment to being an active participant in your recovery plan is key. In your personal journey back to health, your motivation and dedication will make all the difference.

Why Participate in An Intensive Outpatient Program?

The Recovery Village’s IOP helps those who have undergone the preliminary levels of care transition to less-involved and more self-directed forms of treatment. When you are ready to take the next step in your journey to wellness, an IOP might be for you if:

  • You are in recovery from eating disorders or struggle with mental health issues like depression. The Recovery Village’s intensive outpatient program emphasizes a healthy relationship with food while helping patients bolster their mental well-being.
  • You need continued help in the fight against addiction. This IOP offers skills-based group therapy, where you can connect with others who understand your struggle and learn actionable strategies for daily sobriety.
  • You want to be fully committed to recovery. After completing higher levels of inpatient care, you run the risk of relapse if you don’t seek continued treatment. If you are dedicated to a life of sobriety, participation in an IOP boosts your continued healing.

Your Recovery Is Possible

The journey through treatment may be long, but you’ll never be alone. The intensive outpatient program at The Recovery Village in Columbus, Ohio allows you to tackle your addiction head-on with a supportive community at your side 24/7. With therapy and group meetings during the day, IOPs will help you build your resilience to relapse, regain your mental health, and enable you to lead a fulfilling life after addiction.

What Our Patients Have to Say

Kenya Thoman
Kenya Thoman
15:26 08 Sep 21
I definitely grew a lot spiritually and physically during my stay and my therapist Mel has really helped me believe in myself and my sobriety more than anyone has in a long time
Abdi Amo
Abdi Amo
17:59 31 Aug 21
The Recovery Village provided me with extraordinary professional services and support when I needed the most. Although I was initially reluctant as I never had similar services, I learned first day that the professional folks at this place knew what they were doing, and it may have saved my life. Many thanks to Alex who recommended me to try, I was glad that I took your advice Alex. Special thanks to Jordan as he is the best. Also tremendous gratitude for every single member of the staff of this facility. Dr. Ahmed, Dr. Ken, Nicole, Niecy, Mel, Ariel, amazing clinical and support staff. Yo"ll the best.
Doug Lunsford
Doug Lunsford
19:06 25 Aug 21
Michelle is a tremendous outreach professional. Its always a pleasure to work with her in helping clients find placement for the correct treatment
Liliana Yocum
Liliana Yocum
14:37 17 Aug 21
I had an amazing time, came in unaware of my addiction and went on a beautiful journey of discovering my sober self, the other clients taught me so much outside of the classes that provided copious coping skills and the counselors were always on top of how I was feeling and what was on my mind and ways to deactivate overwhelming situations so I could learn how to do it on my own, this will be a long road of recovery but it began here, sometimes things went a lil sideways but it always came back on track with a million helping hands, I was never afraid to ask for help, and it is like a microcosm of the world in here and how to deal with it, I've processed a lot of trauma with the help of my therapist and others, EMDR and meditation are amazing, this place is truly what you make it and I've had an amazing experience, don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help!❤️
Timothy Reed
Timothy Reed
23:16 11 Aug 21
Counselors are great ! But the medical staff is a joke. Had paperwork sent over for fmla/disability. Left the facility and the paperwork was never filled out. Tried to reach out to the doctors several times, no response. Terrible customer service.
Douglas Ervin
Douglas Ervin
17:36 10 Aug 21
Great experience and I am so glad that I picked this place.. The staff was wonderful and really helped me with my recovery. I would highly recommend it.

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