What is Intensive Outpatient Treatment?
An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a lower level of care. That means an individual in this level of care does not require hospitalization, or 24-hour supervision, but they need more support than an induvial outpatient provider can give. Intensive outpatient treatment requires individuals to attend at least nine hours of group and/or individual therapy per week, which is divided up into three-hour sessions, ranging three-to-five evenings a week, typically for 4-6 weeks.
Individuals in IOP are either stepping up from seeing an outpatient provider (therapist/psychiatrist) or stepping down from a higher level of care such as residential treatment (RTC) or partial hospitalization (PHP).