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What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

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Intensive outpatient programs are an increasingly popular substance use disorder treatment. But what exactly is an intensive outpatient program, and how does it work? Knowing more about the details and how an IOP differs from other substance use disorder treatment types can help individuals recover and thrive.

Virtue Recovery Las Vegas – Substance Use Disorders offers an intensive outpatient program tailored to each individual’s unique needs and circumstances. Our program combines evidence-based practices with a compassionate and supportive environment, providing participants with the tools and resources to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety.

If you’re struggling with a substance use disorder and want to learn more about our intensive outpatient program, we encourage you to contact us at 866.520.2861 today.

What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

An intensive outpatient program is a type of substance use disorder treatment that allows individuals to receive ongoing care and support while maintaining their regular daily routine. Unlike inpatient programs, which require individuals to stay at a treatment facility for a set period, IOPs allow individuals to continue living at home or sober living while attending treatment sessions several times a week.

Each IOP is unique, but most programs include the following:

  • Individual and group counseling sessions: Clients meet with professionals to discuss their addiction, learn new coping skills, and work through underlying issues.
  • Educational sessions: Clients learn about the science of addiction, the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body, and healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Holistic therapies: Depending on the program, clients may have access to therapies such as yoga, meditation, art therapy, or equine therapy.
  • Medical supervision: Clients may receive regular check-ins and medication management from a medical professional to ensure their physical health during recovery.

Treatment plans are tailored to each individual based on their unique needs and circumstances and may include a mix of these modalities.

What Is IOP?

What is IOP? It stands for an intensive outpatient program. This program provides a step-down level of care for individuals who have completed a higher level of care, such as inpatient treatment, residential treatment, or partial hospitalization. It’s also a good option for individuals who have completed detox and need ongoing support as they transition back to their daily routines.

IOPs are typically less intensive than inpatient or residential treatment but more intensive than standard outpatient therapy. They typically involve several hours of treatment per day, several days a week, for several weeks or months. An IOP aims to provide ongoing support and care while allowing individuals to maintain their daily routines and responsibilities.

Why Choose an Intensive Outpatient Program?

People might choose an intensive outpatient program for their substance use disorder treatment for many reasons. For some individuals, it’s a more flexible option that allows them to continue working, attending school, or caring for their family while receiving treatment. For others, it’s a less expensive option than inpatient or residential treatment, making it more accessible.

But perhaps the most important reason to choose an IOP is that it can be highly effective in helping individuals recover from substance use disorders. Research has shown that IOPs can be as effective as inpatient treatment in helping individuals achieve and maintain long-term sobriety. Studies have shown that IOPs can be particularly effective for people with less severe addiction or those who have completed a higher level of care.

Enroll in the IOP at Virtue Recovery Las Vegas – Substance Use Disorders Today

Virtue Recovery Las Vegas – Substance Use Disorders offers an intensive outpatient program tailored to each individual’s needs. Our program includes individual and group counseling sessions with licensed addiction professionals. We also provide medical supervision, medication management, and support from a community of peers.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, we encourage you to contact us today at 866.520.2861 or online to learn more. Our compassionate team is here to help you on the journey to recovery.

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Gigi Price LMSW, LCDC Clinical Director
Gigi Price holds licenses as a Master Social Worker and Clinical Drug Counselor. She completed her master's degree in Social Work at Texas State University. Over the last decade, Gigi has been dedicated to utilizing evidence-based practices to enhance patient care and treatment planning, resulting in positive, long-term outcomes for patients and their families. Her passion lies in creating a treatment environment where professionals collaborate to bring about positive change and provide a safe, trustworthy therapeutic experience. Patients can be confident in receiving top-quality care under her leadership. In her role as the Clinical Director of Virtue Recovery Houston, Gigi conducted research to identify the most effective approaches for treating patients with acute mental health diagnoses, PTSD, and Substance Use Disorder. She then assembled a team of skilled clinicians who could offer various therapeutic modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Somatic Exposure, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Gigi takes pride in overseeing the development and implementation of Virtue Houston's Treatment Program, which includes two specialized therapeutic curricula tailored to the unique needs of individuals struggling with mental health issues, addiction, and PTSD.

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