What is "Intensive Outpatient Therapy"

How is it different from rehab?

asked 01 Sep '12, 20:11

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Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is treatment with inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment, following medical detox if required.


Addiction Treatment

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (or "Intensive Outpatient Therapy" or IOP) is a form of addiction treatment.


Drug Treatment

Intensive outpatient therapy is one type of drug treatment, indicated for many cases of drug abuse, drug addiction, and inappropriate prescription drug dependency.


Alcohol Treatment

Intensive outpatient treatment is indicated for many cases of alcoholism, alcohol abuse and alcohol dependency.



IOP is "intensive outpatient program", the name given to intensive outpatient therapy or treatment programs (IOP Programs).

The Counseling Center in Freehold New Jersey website explains "intensive" outpatient therapy this way:

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (also known as IOP for "Intensive Outpatient Program") is a primary treatment program recommended in some circumstances by a clinical and medical assessment. IOP may be recommended for those who do not need medically-supervised detox. IOP can also enable people in recovery to continue their recovery therapies following successful detox, on a part-time yet intensive schedule, designed to accommodate work and family life.

It is primarily group therapy, with individual counseling:

In the Intensive Outpatient Program, you receive services primarily through group therapy, but are also assigned an individual therapist you will meet with on a weekly basis while in treatment. Groups are small and generally do not exceed 10 people, allowing for a safe environment.

This may be unique to New Jersey, I am not sure. Read more at http://thecounselingcenter.com/outpatient-program/

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