IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program)

IOP Services

After several weeks or months of PHP, users graduate to an intensive outpatient program or IOP services.  Basically, in the evenings, three to five days a week for several hours.  These programs give patients a chance to return to work or school while remaining committed to the recovery community.  Also, participants often live in a sober house during IOP because they prefer to avoid risk factors of relapse.

Generally, substance abuse intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are ambulatory services for individuals with substance use disorders who do not meet diagnostic criteria for residential or inpatient substance abuse treatment;  or for those who are discharged from 24-hour care in an inpatient treatment facility and continue to need more support than the weekly or bi-weekly sessions.

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IOP Services

IOP services offer a minimum of 9 hours of service per week in three, 3-hour sessions.  However, some programs offer more sessions per week and/or longer sessions per day.  Many programs become less intensive over time.  Because services are provided in outpatient settings, the duration may be longer than required for inpatient services.  IOPs allow individuals to remain in their own homes and communities, improving their adjustment to community life.  [1]  These programs are designed to establish psychosocial supports and facilitate relapse management and coping strategies.

Generally, a few studies and evaluations showed that patients treated in an inpatient setting who stepped down to intensive outpatient treatment improved more than those treated only in intensive outpatient settings because problem severity was more remarkable at baseline among those admitted to inpatient care. [2]

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Summary Of Substance Abuse IOP Services

IOPs are an essential part of the continuum of care for alcohol and drug use disorders.  In fact, they are as effective as inpatient treatment for most individuals seeking care. [3]

Additionally, the programs supply the treatment for symptoms and/or disabilities associated with the condition. Core services generally include a specified number of hours of structured programming per week, individual, group, and/or family therapy, and psychoeducation about substance use and mental disorders.

IOP Goals 

  • Learn early-stage relapse management
  • Develop coping strategies
  • Establish or re-establish psychosocial supports
  • Address problems related to social, psychological, and emotional well-being


  • Adults with substance use disorders (both alcohol and drug diagnosis)

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  • Hospital-based inpatient and day treatment in Veterans Affairs and community hospitals
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  • Community-based public and private substance abuse treatment centers

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Addiction recovery success is dependent on many factors, including initial residential inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment or IOP coupled with family and alumni support.  Given that, We Level Up NJ Treatment Center recognizes the importance of a virtual cycle of support that our clients deserve.

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Moreover, addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits-all experience.  So, our thorough approach to rehabilitation supports several recovery therapies at We Level NJ to ensure the best possible outcome for every patient who enters our doors.  From an intensive and more supportive atmosphere for those in the early days of recovery to medication assistance for those who need it, we are here to help you find the right path to sobriety.

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In conclusion, despite the dangers associated with a chronic disease like addiction, there is hope on the horizon.  Treatment for addiction aims to help users break free from addiction’s physical and mental bonds while fostering healthy coping mechanisms, life skills.  And, emotional strength is necessary to live a sober life.  Often guided by doctors, nurses, counselors, and other addiction medicine professionals, a successful treatment program can help users achieve abstinence and reduce the chances of relapse.

Effective treatment often targets all aspects of the self because it includes programs for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.  Programs also strive to support and promote the four dimensions of recovery as noted by SAMHSA:  health, home, purpose, and community. [4]

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For those suffering from addiction, We Level New Jersey is here.  As a licensed and accredited rehabilitation center, we are dedicated to helping you meet your goals, one day at a time.

To help you find and maintain sobriety, we favor a personalized approach to care because we know everyone has a different situation.  From the moment you begin with us, our counselors will help you find a path that fits with your background, your substance(s) of choice, your lifestyle, your interests, and your unique needs.

To best customize our services to your needs, our programming includes:

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Furthermore, if you are considering an IOP or intensive outpatient treatment for yourself or someone you love, We Level Up NJ can help.  Please get in touch with us today for a confidential consultation with a member of our intake team.

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[1-2] Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Programs: Assessing the Evidence – National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine
[3] Table 1 Treatment Program – National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine
[4]Recovery and Recovery Support –  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration