IOP stands for Intensive Outpatient Program and is used to treat mental health issues, including drugs or alcohol addictions.
Unlike going away to inpatient rehab, IOP patients live at home. They come to the clinic 3-4 days a week for group and individual therapies.
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How do IOPs Work?
You live at home or in a sober living house and come into a clinic three times a week for group therapy, as well as one-on-one therapy appointments.
Additional IOP Services
Around 75% of patients have an underlying mental health diagnosis. Finding an IOP or even a separate psychiatrist that works with you to rebalance your brain with medications like antidepressants, antianxieties or sleep regulators dramatically improves the likelihood of staying healthy long-term.
In addition to mental health medications, anti-craving medications (like non-addictive Vivitrol shots) can be game-changing in the fight against cravings. Medications like buprenorphine (Suboxone) can be given for opioid addictions to detox at home without crippling withdrawals and without needing a hospital or inpatient stay.
Most IOPs aren’t licensed to provide medications. They often don’t have a doctor or psychiatrist at all. Since addiction makes physical changes to the brain and causes severe, even deadly withdrawal symptoms, ask questions about how this is handled. Likely, they refer you to a hospital.
What is an intensive outpatient program like?
IOP groups cover a different topic each session. This can include things like relationships, motivation or goal setting.
You get honest feedback not just from the therapist, but from peers that are dealing with or have dealt with the same situations.
Actual Photos of Symetria IOP Group Therapy Rooms
How long is an Intensive Outpatient Program?
Do I have to commit to staying in the IOP program?
How often is IOP?
IOP groups meet three days per week for three hours per session. (This is specifically defined by insurance companies, so it’s pretty standard).
You might also go in for one-on-one or medication appointments, but these appointments vary per program. (At Symetria, these appointments are as often as you want).
How often can I see my counselor in IOP?
It’s recommended to see your counselor at least once per month and as frequent as once per week. Often, but not always, counseling appointments are standardized by the IOP program, usually once a month.
(At Symetria, you come as often as you need for one-on-one counseling. For example, if you are dealing with trauma that is hard to talk about in a group setting, you may want to come more often for private counseling).
Do IOP programs drug test?
Yes, IOP programs drug test.
How is IOP different from rehab?
On the other side, inpatient rehabs argue that the possibility of encountering drugs is higher and that medications or detox isn’t part of most IOPs. Of course, some IOPs do offer these services (like Symetria). And, IOP is much more affordable.
Who goes to an IOP program?
How many people will be in the IOP group?
The number of people in an IOP group depends on the IOP program and state guidelines. In Texas, for example, group sessions need to be less than 16 people, and less than 35 for educational lectures. (Generally, Symetria IOP groups are kept under 12 to keep a better feel and ensure everyone gets attention).
Of course, the number is never static. Patients graduate. New patients join. Active patients may miss a session.
What if I don’t feel comfortable discussing things in a group?
Most people don’t love the idea of group therapy. Try it anyway. It’s actually comforting to know you’re not alone. And, it helps you take the therapist’s suggestions more seriously when others can back it up with their life lessons.
Remember, addiction thrives in isolation. And, you don’t have to share anything you’re not comfortable with. (That’s what one-on-one sessions are for).
How can I find a good IOP program?
Here are some signs you can look for:
Symetria Illinois IOPs
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