Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Programs can vary significantly from organization to organization, but in general include the following:

  • Clients live on their own or with their family and attend individual, group, and family support sessions throughout the week
  • 6-20 hours of in-person care per week, generally in the evening and on weekends. This varies widely, be sure to ask about actual hours of client care
  • Programs are generally 4-12 weeks in length
  • Ideal for patients able to function in the day to day but still needing support, structure, accountability, and skills for long-lasting recovery
Sandstone Care Outpatient Treatment Programs

In an Intensive Outpatient (IOP) level of care, clients generally live at home or in a sober living facility and meet throughout the week with clinical professionals and support groups. IOP programs can vary between 6-20 hours per week and are commonly scheduled in the evenings and on weekends, allowing participants to attend school or work during the day. IOPs tend to utilize a variety of treatment approaches including individual therapy, substance abuse counseling, group and family therapy, physical activity groups, and academic/vocational support and training.  Medication management and regular drug testing for substance abuse programs are generally a core component of good programs.  Most IOP programs recommend a course of care between 8-12 weeks and can vary depending on an individual’s needs.

IOP Programs

Intensive Outpatient programs work best for people who are in the early stages of recovery but have moved beyond any debilitating addiction or detoxing from a drug or substance. Many teens and young adults enroll in an IOP or day treatment program after a hospital stay, inpatient, or residential rehab program. Intensive outpatient care is less intensive than an inpatient or hospital setting, and provides more freedom and client responsibility than an outpatient program.  Alternately, IOP programs can be appropriate for clients who are doing weekly therapy but finding that they need more support. Intensive Outpatient programs are ideal for those able to function in the day to day, but still need additional structure, therapy, and accountability support.

Benefits of IOP Addiction & Mental Health Treatment

Outpatient addiction treatment programs have many advantages and are an important transitional support system between inpatient and outpatient care. Because participants in Intensive Outpatient programs tend to live at home, they are able learn new skills and practice them immediately with their communities and families.  The triggers of addiction and substance abuse are challenging, especially when stepping down from an inpatient or residential rehabilitation program.  IOP systems provide the support and day to day coaching to meet these challenges head on.

Many addiction and drug abuse issues tend to co-occur with mental health disorders or trauma-related experiences.  IOP rehab programs are ideal for clients who have begun the recovery process and are ready to address whatever co-occurring diagnosis might be accompanying the substance abuse. IOPs provide an opportunity to heal deeper issues while maintaining a sober and healthy life.

IOP Programs are ideals for clientes who have begun the recovery process.

The road to recovery, health, and wholeness can be a rich and empowering experience full of hope and freedom.  The right intensive outpatient program can provide guidance, structure, and education for a successful and long lasting recovery.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Denver & Boulder, CO

At Sandstone Care, we specialize in providing empowering and supportive Intensive Outpatient teen rehab programs in Denver, CO and Boulder, CO.  Our comprehensive IOP program is also available for young adult substance abuse and addiction treatment at both our Denver and Boulder, CO facilities.  Sandstone Care utilizes all the program elements addressed above and works with clients from a compassionate, accountable, trauma informed philosophy.  We teach effective life skills for recovery and focus on comprehensive, integrated and evidence based healing modalities.  Highlights of the Sandstone Care IOP in Denver and Boulder, CO includes:

  • Multidisciplinary Team, including a Psychiatrist
  • Weekly Family Involvement
  • Dedicated Academic and Vocational Focus
  • Weekly Organized Physical Activities
  • Nutritional Assessment and Plan with a Registered Dietitian
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Somatic Symptom Assessment and Plan
  • Brain & Body Trauma Assessment and Plan

Sandstone Care’s Intensive Outpatient Program provides an empowering and independent care network so clients feel supported and invested in their own recovery. Learn more about Sandstone Care’s Intensive Outpatient programs for teens and young adults.

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