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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

It can be uncomfortable and anxiety-provoking to suddenly return from a residential program to life in the community without a safety net. At Washburn House in Massachusetts, we want you to feel secure in your addiction recovery whether you’re living in the house or in your own home. Our intensive outpatient addiction treatment program (IOP) gives you a safety net of professionals and people like you who are on similar journeys.

What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

After you complete a day treatment program (PHP) or an inpatient treatment program, it can be tough to stay on track with your recovery while re-joining the community. Life gets busy, and your recovery can get put on the back-burner.

That’s where our intensive outpatient program (IOP) comes in. It’s available to you if you need additional drug and alcohol treatment after you go home or if your living, work, or family situation makes it difficult to stay at a residential treatment facility.

How Is IOP Different Than PHP?

IOP is less intensive addiction treatment than PHP or day treatment. It focuses on helping you incorporate the skills you’ve learned into your day-to-day life.

Just like in residential treatment and PHP, you’ll participate in group therapy and individual therapy. You’ll work one-on-one with an assigned clinician who will tailor the addiction program to fit your needs. You will also have lots of opportunities to learn and grow with the support of your peers and trained professionals.

Both intensive outpatient treatment and partial hospitalization treatment at Washburn involve group therapy programming. IOP requires less group attendance: three hours at least three days per week. Additional group attendance is allowed, and we encourage you to take advantage of it if you feel you need it! IOP’s flexibility meets you where you are in your treatment.

IOP’s similarity to day treatment makes for a smooth transition as you work on integrating a support system, healthy hobbies and interests, and daily structure into your life at a lower level of care. This transition gives you some consistency as your life and outlook change.

What Will I Learn at IOP?

Our intensive outpatient programming incorporates a variety of styles of recovery. This is because there’s no one-size-fits-all addiction treatment. We know some treatment programs are more suitable for certain people than others.

While you’re with us, we’ll address different areas of life impacted by substance use and the skills needed for aftercare and relapse prevention. We’ll talk about the realities and difficulties of maintaining sobriety in your daily life, but we’ll also give you resources you can use to face them.

Here are some examples of what you may learn at Washburn:

  • 12-step recovery models
    • Groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and other 12-step programs are good, well-established support systems for those in recovery to support and learn from each other.
  • Skills-training
    • Clinicians facilitating groups will teach you skills from a variety of therapy models, like cognitive-behavioral therapy. You’ll learn coping skills, interpersonal skills, self-care, how to identify and cope with triggers to relapse, and more.
  • Independent living & identifying resources
    • It may have been some time since you lived successfully on your own. We’ll teach important life skills, including basic budgeting, finding and securing resources like housing, being financially self-sufficient, and developing healthy hobbies.

No two addiction recoveries are alike, and you still have work to do. We want to help you find the methods that work for your long-term sobriety.

Clinically Monitored Treatment

IOP at Washburn House includes all the medical management we provide at higher levels of care. This means we’ll arrange psychiatric evaluations with a qualified psychiatrist, if you need them. We’ll also help you manage any medications you’re prescribed.

We work closely with psychiatrists and other medical professionals to ensure you get the best treatment possible for your addiction. Sometimes this means taking medications along with behavioral therapy, especially if you’re dealing with a dual-diagnosis. We’ll work with you to determine whether this is right for your recovery journey.

Will I Get Individual Counseling?

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Individualized care is one of our core values at Washburn. All our groups are conducted by Masters-level therapists, but you’ll have a specific clinician assigned to you. This clinician will work with you on a treatment plan and case management. They will stay with you throughout your time in the program.

We encourage you to make the most of your individual counseling sessions by focusing on issues unique to your addiction recovery. That could be a co-occurring mental health condition, relationship issues, or anything else that affects your ability to be healthy.

We know life is busy, so your therapist will work around your work, school, and/or family responsibilities as much as possible. You’ll start prioritizing life-building activities and viewing therapy as a support while you work toward your goals.

How Long Will I Be in IOP?

Length of treatment is based on your level of need and how you progress through our intensive outpatient treatment program. Your therapist and case manager will work with you to figure it out. As you move through IOP, the amount of programming you attend will decrease, and your time spent in the community will increase. This gradual tapering off of treatment helps your transition be as smooth as possible.

The short answer is, there’s no specified time frame for intensive outpatient treatment. It’s completely tailored to your individual needs.

Does Insurance Cover Intensive Outpatient Care?

We don’t want financial worries to be on your mind as you work hard to focus on recovery, so we make paying for our intensive outpatient program simple.

Washburn House accepts most commercial insurance plans.

Don’t have insurance? We also accept direct payments. If you have questions, call us!

What Happens When I Complete the Program?

When you finish IOP, we want you to have all the tools in your toolbox you need to maintain a happy, healthy life, free of substances. You’ll have the skills you need to identify and take advantage of resources in the community, so you can become more and more self-sufficient as time passes.

You won’t be on your own! Your therapist will put an aftercare plan in place before you attend your last session. Having a safety net means having supports to fall back on when things get tough. That’s what our program is designed to give you.

Whether you’ve been in addiction recovery for some time or are just starting out, give Washburn House a call to see if our intensive outpatient program is right for you!

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