Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) is one type of care people struggling with addiction can choose as an alternative to full inpatient treatment in some cases. While there are significant differences between inpatient addiction treatment in Colorado and intensive outpatient care, both can be effective ways to treat and overcome addiction.
How IOP Differs from Inpatient Treatment
The main differences between IOP and inpatient addiction treatment are that IOP does not provide 24-hour supervision and that medical detox is not possible with IOP programs. IOP programs are typically held for several hours most days of the week and provide both group and individual therapy aimed at treating an addiction. An interim type of treatment, partial hospitalization, involves spending the bulk of daytime hours, usually 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in treatment, but also does not provide 24-hour supervision.
IOP programs are typically two to three hours per day, five days a week, and provide addiction treatment in a slightly more compressed format than inpatient or partial hospitalization. This treatment option can be a good one for those who are relatively functional despite their addiction and may have a job or other responsibilities that they feel prevent them from having partial hospitalization or inpatient treatment.
When IOP Is Not Enough
IOP can seem like an ideal way to get addiction treatment without losing your job or leaving your family, but it will not work for everyone. If your home environment is a significant factor contributing to your addiction, such as when another family member is using in the home or when co-occurring mental disorders make living away from 24-hour supervision unsafe, IOP may not be the best option.
Having only IOP while actively detoxing can also be less than ideal. Withdrawal is a critical time in the treatment process, with high risks for relapse and sometimes even medical problems that must be resolved before treatment can continue. In these situations, a brief time in inpatient treatment, sometimes as little as seven days, may be needed prior to IOP treatment.
IOP can also be the next step after a lengthier inpatient treatment or partial hospitalization stay as part of an aftercare program designed to maintain sobriety through the transition back into the home and community. Typically, the longer an addict has abused one or more substances, the more intensive the treatment that is needed.
IOP: A Solid Treatment Option
All that being said, IOP can be a solid treatment option for many who struggle with addiction. It is important to be assessed to determine the recommended course of treatment and to follow recommendations in order to have the best outcomes.
The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake can provide treatment assessments to determine whether IOP treatment is a good option for you or a loved one. IOP at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake is tailored to your individual needs, can incorporate treatment for co-occurring disorders, and can even provide on-site lodging while IOP treatment proceeds. Contact us to learn more about your treatment options.