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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Addiction Treatment

What is Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

If you’re struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol and want to begin a life of recovery, there is hope. A variety of different programs are available to help people who have lost control of their lives due to alcohol or drug use.

Traditional Outpatient centers are best suited for those who are in the early stages of their substance use, or have been diagnosed with a mild addiction and have not experienced many consequences of their substance use. However, for those who have a moderate to severe substance use disorder, more intensive treatment is the most appropriate course of action.

Additionally, IOP programs are oftentimes used as a transition from a higher level of care such as a Partial Hospitalization Program.

What’s Different about an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

At an intensive outpatient program (IOP), the outpatient center provides individual, family, and group sessions throughout the week. Also provided are psychoeducational activities. This allows patients to receive treatment for substance use and dual diagnosis disorders, and allows select patients to continue going to work or school if you choose to do so, and reside in the local area. BWR’s intensive outpatient program, patients typically live in sober residences, which allows them to develop social skills and integrate into the community and practice sober living skills.

It’s important to get assessed by an addiction specialist before you make your final arrangements. If your living situation is hindering your chances of recovery from a substance use disorder, living in a recovery residence is most optimal. The recovery residence will give you a safe environment that gives you a better chance of focusing on your recovery during treatment. BWR has partnered with recovery residences in West Chester to allow for this possibility if living at home or on your own is not the best fit during treatment.

Recovery from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction in an Intensive Outpatient Program

The goal of intensive outpatient drug and alcohol treatment is to allow you to gain the skills that you will need to maintain sobriety and restore manageability to your life. The first step is teaching you how to surrender to the fact that when you take a drug or drink alcohol that you’re no longer in control. Licensed staff will educate you about how your reaction to that drug or drink of alcohol sets off a craving inside of you that doesn’t happen to other people without drug or alcohol addiction.

Another major component of the intensive outpatient program (IOP) is learning how to deal with your triggers, both emotional and physical. You’ll be in group discussions with other people seeking recovery from substance use, and you’ll talk about what your specific triggers are. These triggers will be there when you leave the treatment center, so the goal of the groups is to help you learn how to deal with them in a healthier way.

There are thousands of people who pass away each year from fatal overdoses, and many of these people never had the chance to go to an intensive outpatient program. By going to this type of program, you’ll have the opportunity to live a happier, healthier and fulfilling life. Contact BWR today at 800-683-4457 to learn how you can take the first steps towards recovery.


Behavioral Wellness & Recovery is a Joint Commission accredited program. The Joint Commission recognizes excellence in health care organizations and programs.


Behavioral Wellness & Recovery is a Joint Commission accredited program. The Joint Commission recognizes excellence in health care organizations and programs.

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