Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs

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).

Intensive Outpatient Treatment at Mood & Anxiety Program

All of our intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are co-located with our partial hospitalization programs in facilities across the nation. Programs are available for adults (depending on location) as well as adolescents starting at age 11.

What can I Expect in Intensive Outpatient Treatment?

The IOP program is the lowest level of care offered by Discovery. Clients have the autonomy to continue their everyday life while and have the support of group and individual therapy. The goal of IOP is to support individuals as they shift the majority of their time back to their life outside treatment, utilizing the program as a tool to continue to work on the areas they need additional therapy or skills practice.

In IOP, medication management is no longer supported through us but rather the client works with their own outpatient psychiatrist/practitioner.

What Level of Care is Right for You?

Call us today at 714-828-0808 so we can learn about you and help you start your recovery journey. Our admissions team will work with you to identify the appropriate level of care and location that’s right for you. We are here for you every step along the way.

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