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Intensive Outpatient Program

What is intensive outpatient? How does it help in recovery? Learn how intensive outpatient programs work, the treatment methods provided during IOP, and how South Coast can help you create long lasting change in your new life.

Following partial hospitalization, an intensive outpatient program (IOP) provides continuing care services for those in recovery from substance use disorders. As a form of outpatient treatment, IOP services offer extra support as clients work on their recovery goals both in and outside of a rehabilitation center.

Compared to programs that offer higher levels of care, an IOP program in Orange County requires the least amount of attendance within a facility setting. For this reason, intensive outpatient benefits people who already have a strong foundation of healthy skills and routines in recovery. As you spend more time reintegrating back into daily life, IOP extends your access to clinical services and peer support to help you maintain long-term recovery during and after intensive outpatient.

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Intensive Outpatient Programs

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a form of addiction treatment that is an option for those who do not need residential treatment but may still need 24/7 care. IOP treatment helps individuals struggling with drug and alcohol use disorders to overcome their addiction. Each program meets the specific needs of each person. During an IOP, individuals receive regular treatments such as individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and skills training that equip them to build more constructive behaviors and habits. For instance, group sessions emphasize job readiness, life skills, and relapse management training to help you maintain long-term recovery in intensive outpatient.

Additionally, IOPs also offer educational opportunities to learn about the causes and complications of substance use and abuse. Participants can expect to have an experienced clinical staff working with them through every step of their recovery journey, providing extensive support and guidance while they work toward sobriety and a healthier lifestyle.

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Intensive Outpatient Program Features


Who Can Benefit From Intensive Outpatient?

An intensive outpatient program is ideal for clients who are transitioning out of higher levels of care such as partial hospitalization. Often, these programs are also available to clients who already have a foundation of support and sobriety in their life. Designed to be a flexible level of care, IOP allows you the freedom you need to maintain your sobriety while also providing accountability and guidance. As an intensive program that provides structure and support in recovery while you navigate the responsibilities found in everyday life.

Intensive outpatient treatment for substance abuse benefits clients who need support within a lower level of care. Once you have developed the coping skills for addiction recovery, IOP provides continuing care services in a less structured environment that will help you remain accountable as you take deliberate steps in your recovery journey.

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What To Expect During Intensive Outpatient?

Intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment programs are for people in early recovery to incorporate more support and resources for recovery. During these programs, clients are provided more personal freedoms and greater flexibility in treatment schedules. IOP programs offer access to supportive services and amenities such as recreational activities, individual and group counseling, substance abuse education, and support groups. Our programs allow our clients to take advantage of many different therapy options and educational groups that help them build life skills that support successful recovery outcomes following treatment.

With a deep understanding of individuals’ struggles in early recovery, our team of professional clinicians helps you strengthen your resiliency for long-term success. With SCBH’s IOP program, you’ll gain the insight, resources, and connections you need to create lasting change. 

If you or someone you know is considering IOP treatment for substance abuse then it’s important to understand how these programs aid in recovery maintenance so that you can make an informed decision about your journey to life-long recovery.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment Services

Following PHP, our intensive outpatient program (IOP) provides treatment services for those in recovery from substance use disorders. During intensive outpatient, clients continue to work on their recovery goals in intensive therapy sessions. We understand that recovery is a process, not an event, so we offer ongoing support to ensure your success. This includes relapse prevention planning, goal setting and achievement, life skill building, and more. 

Like partial hospitalization, clients in IOP receive continuing care services and support while recovering outside of our residential facilities. Our IOP treatment program in Orange County allows us to offer comprehensive aftercare services within a less restrictive program for substance abuse. As the final step of treatment at South Coast, our intensive outpatient treatment helps address and deter any potential return to alcohol or drug use. We understand that recovery is a process, not an event. To encourage your successful reintegration within the community,  IOP provides you with resources, support networks, and skills to manage the everyday stresses that most often cause a relapse into drug or alcohol abuse.

Our intensive outpatient services include:

During intensive outpatient, you will receive continuing care services and support for those that are ready to transition out of our partial hospitalization program. Designed to address and prevent any potential return to alcohol or drug use, IOP assists you in maintaining your sobriety at home or in sober living.

Our IOP services assist you and your peers in developing a strong foundation for sustained recovery. For this reason, you can expect a comprehensive approach that involves medical exams, group therapy, individual counseling sessions, relapse prevention workshops, and involvement from family members whenever possible. 

Therapy Services in Intensive Outpatient Programs

South Coast’s intensive outpatient program provides you with the support and guidance you need to continue moving forward in life. In entering IOP, you will gain access to a wide range of evidence-based therapies that can help address any psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues that may trigger addiction. 

Our experienced team members provide specialized attention and guidance to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to your individual needs. We understand that recovery is a process, not an event, so we offer ongoing support during intensive outpatient therapy to ensure your success.

Intensive therapies in residential treatment include:

As you progress through intensive outpatient, you will apply the insights you’ve gained to begin living a healthy and balanced life outside of our facility. In general, IOP counseling sessions help you build skills for use in all areas of your life. That includes work, relationships, and personal growth. 

During individual therapy, you and your therapist will work together to define support systems, local resources, and skills to prevent relapse. You will also develop healthier coping strategies for stress management and emotional regulation with our experienced counselors.

In group therapy, you’ll also focus on honing your relapse prevention plan. During relapse prevention groups, you try things like problem-solving activities with peers who understand your situation.  You will also have access to a range of holistic services, such as relaxation techniques and self-care practices, to find inner peace. 

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Intensive Outpatient Treatment Center in Newport Beach

At South Coast Behavioral Health, we understand that addiction recovery takes dedication and consistent effort to make lasting behavioral changes. We provide a safe and supportive space for individuals seeking extra support in recovery. Our intensive outpatient program offers services to develop long-term habits at our modern PHP/IOP wellness center in Newport Beach, California.

While in our Orange County IOP program, you have access to evidence-based approaches that focus on your needs in recovery as you reenter society. To make your transition as smooth as possible, IOP provides treatment for addiction while you acclimate to life’s responsibilities.

As you attend IOP, you will meet three times a week for about eight weeks in individual and group sessions. Each IOP therapy session lasts about three hours. The specifics of your treatment plan may change as your needs in recovery evolve. You will also meet with our clinical team to review your treatment plan, goals, and progress in recovery.

Intensive Mental Health Outpatient Program

Mental Health Services for Co-Occurring Disorders

South Coast’s outpatient treatment center in Newport Beach provides dual diagnosis services which can assist in the treatment of any co-occurring disorders that contribute to addiction. Within our dual-diagnosis addiction treatment, we provide a range of evidence-based practices to treat your mental health and substance abuse.

Our treatment plans tailored to each person’s specific circumstances provide personalized care that focuses on your needs and goals. For this reason, our dedicated medical professionals work with you to determine the presence of any co-occurring mental health diagnoses. Through thorough assessments, our licensed physicians may also provide medication management services for those in need. Along with psychiatric medications, we also assist our clients in establishing a sense of stability in recovery. Our team helps clients develop skills that will lead them through recovery at their own pace in an environment that encourages open communication and trust.

Frequently Asked Questions
About Intensive Outpatient

Unlike a residential program, IOP is a lower level of care that can accommodate those with particularly busy lifestyles. During intensive outpatient, you can expect to take part in various therapeutic activities such as counseling and educational classes. However, the frequency of required sessions is significantly lower than inpatient treatment to allow clients more time to focus on their reintegration into daily life.

Alongside PHP, our IOP treatment allows us to offer comprehensive aftercare services. Similar to partial hospitalization, clients in IOP receive continuing care services and support while recovering outside of our residential facilities. Unlike PHP, however, IOP services are less restrictive and provide more time for clients to focus on their life responsibilities outside of treatment.

With a deep understanding of the struggles that individuals face in early recovery, our team of professional clinicians is committed to helping you strengthen your resiliency for long-term success. 

As a step-down level of care, intensive outpatient programs can run at varying lengths depending on the provider and the client’s treatment needs. With that being said, most IOP programs occur or the course of a month or longer to ensure clients require the support they need while re-integrating into everyday activities.

Typically, there are two levels of intensive outpatient care, IOP 5 and IOP 3. IOP 5 means you will attend 5 IOP groups/week, IOP 3 means you will attend 3 IOP groups/week. At South Coast, we offer both levels of IOP.

IOP 5 is better for someone who needs a bit more structure and support, or is stepping into IOP from a partial-hospitalization or inpatient program. IOP 3 is better for individuals who are balancing life with their recovery, and may have a part or full-time job, a family, or other obligations that limit their schedule.

Group therapy sessions in IOP usually last from 1-1.5 hours. Individual therapy sessions can also count as your clinical hours, toward your IOP clinical requirements. Individual therapy sessions last for one hour.

With SCBH’s IOP program, you’ll gain the insight, resources, and connections you need to create lasting change. During IOP, all clients have access to additional amenities such as recreational activities, individual and group counseling, and access to substance abuse education classes and support groups. 

After completing the intensive outpatient portion of our program, we provide clients with local resources such as sober living facilities and recovery meetings to help them maintain their sobriety surrounded by community support. We want to provide clients in recovery with the resources they need to sustain their sobriety, prevent relapse,  and strengthen their social support networks.

Unlike detox and residential treatment, clients in our intensive outpatient program are no longer required to live in our rehab facility. Alternatively, you may choose to live at home or in a sober living residence. We also encourage our IOP clients to enter an independent sober living environment so that they may transition back into normal life while surrounded by the support of their sober community.  

If you prefer to continue your immersion within our local recovery community, you can speak with your case manager about sober living options in Orange County. While we do not offer housing in IOP, our ties within the community make it easy to find you housing arrangements with a preferred provider for sober living.

As a California substance abuse treatment provider, we are extremely fastidious when it comes to personally vetting local outpatient treatment programs for clients who graduate from our intensive outpatient levels of care. This is because we can only speak to the quality of our program and offerings with utmost certainty.

With that being said, we conduct meticulous research into the program details and service offerings prior to recommending any outpatient centers to our clients that request additional aftercare options.

If you prefer to continue your immersion within our local recovery community, you can speak with your case manager about sober living options in Orange County. While we do not offer housing in IOP, our ties within the community make it easy to find you housing arrangements with one of our preferred providers for sober living.

What Happens After Intensive Outpatient?

At South Coast, we help you transition into everyday life with a strong foundation of health. Our intensive outpatient programs (IOP) in Newport Beach are for clients who wish to continue their time in treatment after our inpatient programs. We understand that recovery is a lifelong process and we are here to help you every step of the way. For this reason, we provide aftercare services through our alumni coordinators following the completion of our intensive outpatient program.

No matter what stage of the recovery process you are in, we are here for you. With our team of compassionate medical professionals, you can cultivate a life of hope, joy, and wellness.

South Coast's Continuing Care Services

Alumni Services for Treatment Graduates

After graduating from treatment at South Coast Behavioral Health, you become part of our Alumni Community. As one of our alumni, you’ll be able to connect with other former clients and share your stories. We host regular get-togethers and events at which you can meet and mingle with your fellow alumni, talk about your experiences in treatment, and encourage one another as you continue on your journey to lasting sobriety. Having these connections can be invaluable when it comes to staying motivated and accountable throughout your recovery process. 

Our alumni coordinators also maintain contact with graduates to ensure they adjust to life after rehab and flourish in recovery. Additionally, our alumni coordinators are available to help you locate resources in your community for continued guidance and support. From routine check-ins to peer support groups, our aftercare services aim to help you maintain a strong foundation in recovery.

Please reach out if there is anything we can do to support your progress in recovery after treatment with us. If you would like to learn more about our resources for South Coast graduates, visit our alumni services page.

Does Insurance Cover IOP?

South Coast is In-Network with Aetna, Anthem, and Cigna.
We also accept most major insurances.

We work with many major health insurance providers. If you would like to find out if there will be any out-of-pocket cost for treatment with us, the easiest way to check is to verify your coverage and benefits for substance abuse treatment.

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We Are Here to Help

South Coast’s intensive outpatient treatment for substance abuse can provide you with the necessary medical care, therapeutic healing, and community support you need to take deliberate steps in maintaining your sobriety after treatment. Call (866) 881-1184 to learn more about South Coast Behavioral Health’s IOP services and addiction treatment programs.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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