Intensive Outpatient Program

The intensive outpatient program (IOP) at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake offers continued support and increased independence for those recovering from drug or alcohol addictions. A common question, “What is IOP?” can be answered simply: In a full continuum of care (medical detox through outpatient treatment), this type of treatment is essentially the last step before outpatient.

At The Recovery Village Palmer Lake, intensive outpatient (IOP program) includes:

  • Medical support
  • Counseling for co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Support group meetings
  • Medication management
  • Indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities
  • Alternative therapy options like yoga, massage, and drama therapy

An IOP program is a level of care that provides clients with daytime medical support and counseling while they adjust to increased freedom and free time. IOP programs are not suitable for everyone in recovery, but ideal for people who have completed an acute program (like inpatient care) or partial hospitalization. Participating in an IOP program provides those in recovery with a smooth transition from inpatient to outpatient care without the high risk of relapse. During The Recovery Village Palmer Lake’s IOP program, clients live on-site, while continuing to attending scheduled appointments.

Intensive Outpatient Program Mental Health

In any IOP, mental health counseling and treatment should always be a key component. This is because mental health disorders and substance abuse are often interconnected issues, with one spurring — or exacerbating the effects of — the other. For real recovery to happen, the physical and mental aspects of addiction must be treated simultaneously.

Each client in The Recovery Village Palmer Lake’s intensive outpatient program receives care for co-occurring mental health issues like depression and anxiety. As they regain their physical health through daytime medical support, IOP clients can also participate in individual and group counseling to work through any mental and emotional struggles they face as they continue to recover.

For clients in The Recovery Village Palmer Lake’s IOP, mental health therapy may include:

  • Medication management: Psychiatric support may be part of a client’s care plan, depending on their needs.
  • Individual, family and group counseling: For IOP clients, individual sessions or those involving family members can be held once per week, with regular group therapy included in their weekly schedule as well.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): This short-term, goal-oriented form of psychotherapy helps clients create positive changes in their patterns of thinking that contribute to mental health conditions.
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT): In DBT, clients participate in a four-part, skill-based plan that promotes emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): This specialized form of psychotherapy helps clients process trauma in a constructive and supportive manner.  

In addition to therapy sessions, The Recovery Village Palmer Lake’s location alone can be conducive to healing from co-occurring mental health issues. Nestled in beautiful Colorado, this renowned center offers serene mountain and lake views as well as indoor and outdoor amenities that promote a peaceful beginning to each client’s recovery journey.

IOP Rehab

There are many different types and levels of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and IOP rehab is near the end of a full continuum of care as it provides less supervision. IOP rehab for drug or alcohol addiction prepares clients for outpatient care and eventually, sober living with an aftercare plan. In The Recovery Village Palmer Lake’s intensive outpatient program, substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling are always the focus. These two issues are treated side by side in the IOP program. Here, a team of clinicians, doctors and addiction professionals guides clients through structured daytime therapy and provides them with strategies for sobriety to incorporate after graduating from treatment.

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Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Intensive outpatient treatment at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake consists of clients participating in daytime medical support and therapy sessions at the facility. Clients live on-site during this phase of treatment. Treatment in this level of care is not nearly as intensive as in inpatient or partial hospitalization programs.

Is an Intensive Outpatient Program Right for Me?

An IOP program may prove beneficial for you if:

  • You are physically stable but need continued support. IOPs are designed for people who have already gone through medical detox, residential and partial hospitalization care. If you feel you need 24-hour supervision or hourly medical support, an inpatient program would suit you better.
  • You are able and willing to fully commit to recovery. Intensive outpatient care is the last step before outpatient and aftercare, meaning you should be beginning to slowly transition back to daily living. Committing to recovery means taking on more responsibility and holding yourself accountable for the success of your sobriety every day.

By the time clients are ready for an IOP program, they should be physically well enough to not require daily medical supervision. Medication management and support are offered in IOP, but physical recovery is not generally the main focus. IOP programs take into account co-occurring mental disorders and the emotional aspects of addiction as clients work with therapists and in groups to regain their mental wellness in recovery.

Intensive Outpatient Therapy

In higher levels of care like residential treatment and partial hospitalization, therapy has a greater focus on physical wellbeing. By the time clients are well enough for IOP, the focus of therapy is on mental wellness, emotional support and building actionable strategies for sobriety. Depending on each client’s needs, types of intensive outpatient program therapy at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake may include:

  • Individual therapy: These sessions can be based on talk therapy or psychotherapy, and can include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and more.
  • Family therapy: Family support is integral to a successful recovery. This specific type of therapy may be an option for clients in an IOP program.
  • Group therapy: Peer support groups are a part of each client’s IOP program experience and enable all participants to give and receive advice and support.
  • 12-step programs: Much like AA and NA, 12-step groups help you build the foundational skills you’ll use in sobriety.
  • SMART Recovery: This four-part program helps you expand upon what you’ve already learned through treatment and therapy for a more successful recovery after treatment.
  • Recreational therapy: These options may include yoga, equine, art and drama therapy.

Intensive Outpatient Program Guidelines

While each IOP program is different, intensive outpatient program guidelines generally dictate two things: clients must be in good physical health and able to participate in nine hours of on-site therapy per week. Being in good health usually requires a client to have gone through medically assisted detox and inpatient care before participating in an IOP program. While it is recommended that a client participate in the full continuum of care (medical detox through outpatient) it is not a requirement for clients to have completed higher levels of care specifically at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake.

Intensive outpatient program guidelines emphasize:

  • Mental recovery: Individual therapy will be a part of your IOP program at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake.
  • Peer support: At The Recovery Village Palmer Lake, daily group therapy is included in each client’s IOP program.  
  • Sober living strategies: As the last step before outpatient care, IOP teaches strategies and behaviors to begin the transition to life outside of rehab.

If you are interested in the intensive outpatient program at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake, call our facility today. A caring representative will talk through your situation with you and recommend either an IOP program or a different level of care. Your recovery is possible — call today to get started on the path to healing. 

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