An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a level of care in the continuum for treating substance use disorders. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, IOP includes 9 or more hours of service per week for adults to treat multidimensional instability. IOP can be a great option for some people, but aren't for everyone.
What is an IOP?
Enrolling in an intensive outpatient program allows you to continue to live at home, go to work, and fulfill other obligations. You will need to commit to 9+ hours of treatment per week.
Typically, you'll meet for group therapy three or four times a week for three to four hours at a time. IOPs also often follow the 12-step paradigm.