Intensive Outpatient

Intensive Outpatient Program

One of the most important things to remember when choosing an addiction recovery treatment program is that every addict is different and that means that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to addiction treatment. What works for a given individual might not for another, depending on factors like their previous medical history, mental health, and the severity of their substance abuse issues.

With that in mind, not everyone in addiction recovery is going to have the same needs. In order to have a successful recovery, some clients need to step away from their regular lives or otherwise require careful monitoring and are best served in a residential inpatient treatment program, where they live onsite at the treatment facility and can be insulated from stress, distractions, and temptations and instead focus completely on recovery.

Other clients may have only been abusing drugs or alcohol for a short time, are in good health, and have a strong enough outside support system that an outpatient rehabilitation program is enough to meet their needs. In an outpatient program, a client continues with their normal life as they make regular appointments at a treatment facility or outpatient clinic for detox, therapy, and more.

And then there are clients who need something that falls in between these two options, and that is what’s known as intensive outpatient treatment.

This treatment is most useful for clients who may have had a history of relapsing or a co-occurring disorder such as depression or anxiety that need more of the comprehensive care associated with inpatient treatment but do not need the 24/7 monitoring that usually comes with it.

How Does IOP Work?

An intensive outpatient treatment program is, by nature, very flexible and can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as a form of continuing care after a client no longer requires inpatient care. No matter how someone chooses to utilize it, intensive outpatient treatment comes with the same level of support and range of services as most inpatient programs, while allowing clients to use the tools and coping skills they learn in their day-to-day lives. These services and addiction therapies can be easily customized to meet a given client’s unique set of needs and include:

  • Detoxification treatment
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Educational workshops
  • Stress management
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Relapse prevention planning

If you require a detox, then you can expect to spend your first intensive outpatient treatment visit in a physical exam to assess your general health before being administered medication to help ease the effects of withdrawal symptoms like nausea or tremors.

After being given medication, you will typically be held for several hours so that a medical team can observe you and decide when it is safe to send you home.

Following your first visit, you will be making regular appointments to your treatment facility or clinic that will involve medical check-ins, mostly while you work your way through the process of withdrawal, as well as therapy sessions and educational addiction classes. While in an intensive outpatient treatment program, you can usually expect three appointments a week for about two-four hours at a time.



It’s important to keep in mind that even though this is a more comprehensive and in-depth form of treatment than a regular outpatient program, it still requires significant self-monitoring and accountability, which can sometimes be too overwhelming of a responsibility for someone who is in the early stages of their recovery.

Before choosing intensive outpatient treatment, it is important to have an honest and objective understanding of yourself and your ability to manage the potential temptations and triggers you may encounter.

What are the Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Treatment?

In the past, inpatient treatment programs were considered to be the only truly effective option for successfully achieving long-term sobriety, but thanks to advancements in both addiction recovery treatment technology and pharmacology, this is no longer the case.

Intensive outpatient treatment programs have now become an equally effective and, in some cases, more efficient option for addiction rehabilitation for clients who do not require inpatient care but still need extra support that 12-step support groups or individual counseling cannot provide on their own. Some benefits of intensive outpatient treatment include:

  • The freedom and flexibility to schedule your treatment around the responsibilities of your regular life without having to put everything on hold
  • Creating a viable treatment option for those who do not have the means to leave their job, school, or family for an extended period of time and otherwise might not feel able to seek addiction treatment
  • Costing less than an inpatient treatment program for many of the same services, as well as the fact that most major insurance carriers are more likely to cover outpatient treatment over inpatient
  • Allowing clients the opportunity to immediately put the tools and techniques they’ve learned in treatment to use, and being able to quickly course-correct if something is not working.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program Gets You On The Road To Recovery

At The Palm Beach Institute, your treatment program is tailor-made to your needs through a collaborative effort between yourself and our expert, compassionate staff.

Whether our intensive outpatient treatment program is the next step in the process of your continuing care or the best option to accommodate your schedule while still receiving professional and effective treatment, it can help you maintain long-lasting sobriety and give you the tools you need to manage your recovery and help prevent the possibility of future relapses.