Getting to Know Intensive Outpatient Programs

Those experiencing acute mental disorders often need a balance between receiving intensive intervention while still maintaining the stability of their regular life. In these situations, intensive outpatient programs can be the answer. This approach to intervention allows a patient to receive treatment for anywhere from an hour to a full day before returning home at the end of the session. 

Intensive outpatient programs can involve:

  • Medication assessments with psychiatrists
  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Developing nutritional plans
  • Addressing physical symptoms with other physicians

Any therapist or doctor involved in an intensive outpatient program is part of a collaborative process and works with the other professionals involved to help the patient. The focus is on the holistic care of the patient. 

An IOP can also serve as a transition program for those moving out of residential treatment. IOP as transition can be particularly effective for those receiving treatment for addiction. IOPs can also be effective for those who cannot leave their regular lives for extended periods, such as single parents.

Finally, an IOP can be a good choice for those who are resistant to residential treatment or for those who may be doing physical harm to themselves but do not require inpatient therapy. 


Is Intensive Outpatient Therapy Right for Me?

Intensive Outpatient Therapy is an appropriate intervention for those whose symptoms require daily treatment or for individuals whose disorders affect their health and safety.  Disorders well served by an IOP include:

  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorders
  • Clinical depression with suicidal ideation

If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, find help immediately. You can go to your nearest emergency room, or call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or text RISE to 741741.

IOPs focus on specific or similar disorders. Patients can rest assured that they will be working with experts trained in treating their particular type of disorder. Patients also work in group session with others experiencing the same or similar disorders.  

An IOP can also be effective for those seeking medication management. When medications have serious side effects, such as with some psychotropics, daily management can be necessary. Seeing a psychiatrist in an IOP setting can be the safest way to determine safe dosages and/or whether a medication is the right answer for a patient.   

If you believe you or someone you love could benefit from IOP treatment, contact us today. We can help find the IOP that works for you or your loved one.