What does IOP mean?

IOP means intensive outpatient program. On a deeper level, an IOP is a higher level of treatment than a standard outpatient program and typically consists of 9 hours of clinical treatment during the week, usually spread over 3 to 5 days. Hence, intensive outpatient programs provide both structure and freedom. 

Individuals interested in receiving intensive outpatient treatment should expect to engage in multiple forms of substance misuse treatment. This may range from multiple counseling techniques, holistic therapies, and life skills training. Usually, individuals in this kind of program don’t need to detox beforehand. The reason being is that detox should be monitored 24/7 as members go through withdrawal.

What is considered outpatient treatment?

Outpatient treatment is any program where members at an addiction recovery center don’t live there. Further, treatment can be done on a standard outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, or residential basis. The difference in these programs is the amount of time dedicated to the treatment and the level of immersion the addiction recovery center member experiences when enrolled in their recovery program.

Each style of treatment has specific advantages, and individuals with diverse needs can benefit from each program based upon their specific treatment goals and life circumstances at the time of their admission into rehab. The outpatient treatment programs offered by some drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities are as follows.

Standard Outpatient Programs (OPs)

This is the least intensive level of treatment. OPs occur on a part-time outpatient basis in which the recovery center member attends clinical hours for one portion of the week. They may do this while maintaining a job, enrollment in school, or normal daily routines for most of the week. Outpatient programs typically consist of about 1-2 clinical hours of treatment per week, in which clients attend group counseling and individual therapy sessions. During the rest of the week, members may live at home or in a sober living facility and are free to pursue employment, hobbies, and normal daily life.

The OP stage of treatment is ideal for clients who have completed a more intensive level of care, such as inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment programs provide the continued recovery support clients need when they are transitioning back into “the real world” following full-time treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive outpatient treatment programs are the middle ground between standard outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. This makes them perfect as a part of a relapse prevention plan. It can be beneficial as a part of a relapse prevention plan because it instills recovery skills. Often individuals in recovery face external triggers after inpatient treatment or a partial hospitalization program. 

An intensive outpatient program gives enough support throughout the week to face triggers positively. Plus, it gives individuals the chance to put what they’ve learned during treatment to work. More intense programs may provide ample support, but not enough opportunities to practice skills in the real world. An IOP offers both. 

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs)

A partial hospitalization program is the most intense form of outpatient treatment program. Those in this type of program will spend the entire day around 5 times a week participating in treatment. Thus, they will likely not be able to dedicate time to many external responsibilities. A job or education would be difficult to maintain during a PHP, let alone other responsibilities outside of the program. 

However, members of a PHP can leave the facility after completing treatment for the day. People who need substance misuse treatment but are caretakers likely can’t stay at a center 24/7. So, this may be a viable option for them. 

How long are drug rehab programs?

Drug rehab programs typically last 30, 60, 90 days, or more depending upon the program. Those in inpatient treatment very well may stay in a program anywhere from six months to a year. As for intensive outpatient treatment, the program typically lasts 90 days. However, each member at an addiction treatment facility may need more or less time. That’s why Crossroads always tailors each treatment plan based on its members. 

What does IOP consist of?

Members attend intensive outpatient treatment programs part-time during the day or evening, attending group and individual therapy sessions. During non-treatment hours, patients may live at home or in a sober living residence.

Members can pursue part-time work or academic commitments in their free time and are often encouraged to attend regular recovery meetings through 12 step programs in the community. An intensive outpatient program is a step between residential treatment and outpatient treatment. These programs offer the benefit of continuing regular, frequent therapeutic addiction treatment for clients while also allowing them to slowly adjust to building a regular daily routine.

Intensive outpatient treatment is a great option for members who have recently completed inpatient treatment. They still need or desire immersive treatment and support as they re-assimilate into society and life outside of treatment.

All clients, regardless of how they came to choose Crossroads, are closely monitored, and are randomly drug-screened on a weekly basis via urinalysis. This is done to ensure the safety and sobriety of the members of our community here.

IOP Group Counseling

Individuals in an IOP program will participate in group counseling. Group therapy is just as important as individual counseling in an IOP because it provides peer support. A support network is crucial in recovery as well as when a person completes an intensive outpatient program. 

Addiction can be an incredibly isolating experience. People suffering from one may feel as though they are fighting an uphill battle alone. Group therapy or counseling lets individuals know they aren’t alone in their struggles. 

IOP Individual Counseling

Of course, each person arrives to Crossroads with a unique set of struggles. Thus, IOP individual counseling allows a counselor or therapist to help members reach their individual goals. While members will work toward achieving their individual goals during group therapy, it’s impossible to give each goal the attention it needs as a group. 

Specialized Addiction Counseling in Intensive Outpatient Treatment

An IOP program may involve specialized addiction counseling depending upon a member. For instance, a member may be suffering from a co-occurring disorder. A co-occurring disorder, dual diagnosis, or comorbidity is when someone has two health disorders at the same time. This includes mental illness and substance misuse disorders, which many individuals have together. 

Crossroads IOP treatment programs can tailor addiction counseling depending upon a member’s mental illness. Often, individuals at an addiction recovery center struggle with a mood or anxiety disorder. Specialized addiction counseling can provide personalized treatment in this way. An intensive outpatient program for mental health and addiction can help individuals overcome simultaneous health disorders at the same time. 

But specialized addiction counseling extends beyond co-occurring disorders in that it can be customized for different ages and for those who want to include family members.  An intensive outpatient program for mental health and substance misuse can also incorporate these factors.

Why is outpatient care important?

Outpatient care is important because recovery is a lifelong journey. A substance use disorder is a chronic relapse disorder. This means that individuals suffering one will need to manage this disorder for the rest of their lives. Addiction management is a skill that needs to be practiced and honed just like any other skill. Outpatient care allows patients to practice these crucial skills as they work on overcoming their struggles. Without an outpatient program, individuals are likely to relapse. 

Does insurance cover outpatient treatment?

Yes, it typically does. It’s illegal for insurance to provide discriminatory coverage for other physical and mental illnesses over coverage for substance use disorders. That said, does insurance cover outpatient treatment? Every person’s insurance policy is different. While it’s likely a person’s insurance will cover outpatient treatment, it’s always best to check. 

Often, finances are one of the main concerns people face when they are considering getting treatment for substance abuse problems. For many people, paying for treatment can be very difficult and even seemingly impossible. Since treatment can be expensive, many individuals feel that they will not be able to get the professional help they need.

But, here at Crossroads, we understand the concerns our clients may have regarding payment for treatment. So, we do our best to work with each one to ensure that treatment is both attainable and effective.

At Crossroads, we accept most major insurances and even financial assistance for those who need it most. 

A Key Benefit of an IOP Treatment Program

If you have been looking for effective IOP programs, Crossroads offers an intensive outpatient program for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. The program can be a step down after residential treatment and can also be a place to start for people that have life and family commitments that don’t allow them to take the time for residential treatment.

Intensive outpatient rehab programs address the same issues of addiction and recovery that residential treatment does. The key difference is that at the end of the day, clients return to their own homes or to their sober living residences.


Crossroads treatment involves a team made up of licensed professionals including chemical dependency counselors, mental health staff, wellness specialists and spiritual care counselors. The team works together to map out a care plan unique to the needs of the individual client or patient. 

Most people who struggle with substance abuse issues face co-occurring mental health challenges as well. Quality providers like Crossroads, have licensed psychiatrists, psychologists or therapists working in tandem with addiction counselors to address problems such as anxiety, depression, trauma, bi-polar disorder, and other conditions. 

Crossroads also offers programming to address emotional and spiritual health concerns related to overcoming shame and guilt. In active addiction, people tend to behave in ways they normally wouldn’t, such as compromising values they otherwise hold dear or hurting people they love. Unresolved shame can be a major roadblock to getting sober and staying sober. 

Educational programs and career guidance, as well as support service for families are also key because addiction takes a toll on loved ones and family members have their own healing to do. Our programs are built with evidence-based addiction therapies. Evidence-based means there is science, data, and proof that what we do to treat alcohol and drug addiction works. 

These techniques and practices include: 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

A treatment approach that emphasizes balancing behavioral change, problem-solving and emotional regulation with validation, mindfulness, and acceptance 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

A form of treatment that focuses on exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions, identifying the beliefs that direct these thoughts, and learning to modify patterns of thinking to improve coping skill .

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

A technique using mindfulness and behavioral activation to increase psychological flexibility and the ability to engage in values-based, positive behaviors while experiencing difficult thoughts, emotions, or sensations 

Motivational Enhancement and Interviewing

A collaborative approach that helps patients identify “what’s in it for me,” regarding staying sober, work through difficult issues, and develop the skills necessary to accomplish goals 

Mental Health Services

Often, addiction comes with complicating factors such as depression, anxiety, or trauma, also known as co-occurring disorders. With such complex conditions, the most effective approach to care integrates treatment for addiction and mental health so that both issues are addressed at the same time. Our services are provided by psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage and family therapists and other mental health professionals. Services may include individual or group therapy, family therapy, diagnostic assessments, or medication management. The type and frequency of care is determined by your initial and ongoing assessments. 

Contingency Management/Motivational Incentives (CM)

Incentive-based interventions or tangible rewards are used to reinforce positive behaviors, increase addiction treatment retention, and promote abstinence from drug abuse. 

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

A short-term, limited-focus treatment for depression The approach focuses on the here-and-now of emotions, relationships, and experiences. More specifically, IPT focuses on tensions and conflicts in marital, family, friend, work-based and community interactions. At its core, we live in a social world, and our interactions with others affect our well-being. The goal isn’t to change other people, it’s to develop self-awareness, make changes in how we relate to and communicate with those in our social circles, and harness anger or sadness into empowerment.


Solution Focused Brief Therapy/Solution Focused Therapy

A goal-oriented therapy focusing on a person’s present and future, rather than past. This is considered goal-oriented therapy (the symptoms or issues that brought a person to their current situation are usually not the target in this approach 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

A technique used to help prevent depression relapse; works especially well for those with major depressive disorder 

Educational Groups and Lectures

Sessions focus on educating people about disorders and developing coping strategies as well as identifying and implementing life goals. 

Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF)

Originally designed as a technique to actively engage patients in abstinence-based mutual support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, the interventions today are more widely utilized to help patients achieve and sustain recovery from both substances use disorders and co-occurring conditions 

Complementary Therapies

Crossroads offers many other therapies that complement our care programs and services, such as: 

• Relapse Prevention Skills Group 

• Communications Training 

• Recovery Management Skills Building 

• Stress Reduction Skills Training 

• Goal Identification and Implementation Group and Individual Sessions 

• Yoga 

• Spiritual Care 

• Employment Opportunity Discussions and Sessions 

• Emotional Regulation 

• Distress Tolerance Skills Training 

• Experiential Therapy 

• Process Focused Group Therapy 


So choose Crossroads intensive outpatient treatment program. With ethical practices, an evolving and innovative addiction treatment model, and evidence-based therapies, we’re your best chance at lifelong recovery