Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction doesn’t happen overnight and the journey doesn’t look the same for everyone. At some point during recovery, many clients are referred to be admitted to an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). As each individual’s treatment plan is created to work for them, the recommendation for IOP may be given following detox, long-term inpatient treatment, or a partial hospitalization (PC) program. Some refer to IOP as a “step down” from PC. IOP provides clients with intensive, on-going support without the requirements of living at the facility or 24-hour care.
What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?
Intensive Outpatient Programs provide a lower level of care than PC or inpatient treatment options. This means fewer hours of programming each week and more flexibility for work, school, and personal responsibilities. Living arrangements are also more flexible for IOP clients as they may live in a sober home or at their own residences.
New Jersey Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Moving Mountains Recovery
At Moving Mountains, those who participate in our IOP will generally live at home or in a local halfway house/sober living. We recommend IOP treatment for people that have gone through the acute stage of withdrawal and do not require round-the-clock monitoring. We also recommend IOP for those who do not meet the diagnostic criteria for PC treatment and only suffer from moderate to mild cravings.
This program works by giving clients medical and psychological help while not making them stay in the facility overnight or all day. In this program, clients will receive clinical services such as group counseling, relapse prevention skills, life skills, various holistic therapies, and a weekly Adventure/Recreation therapy group.
The number of sessions and hours are adaptable, as they are decided based on the client’s diagnosis and will change as the client improves and progresses. However, because the treatment is not continuous like it is in the PC program, IOP tends to take longer than PC treatment to be completed. Nonetheless, this in no way alters the program’s effectiveness, and there have been multiple studies proving that they are equally successful when correctly prescribed and followed.
Our Daily IOP Treatment Schedule
IOP is less time-intensive than PC, but provides more hours of care each week than clients receive in our standard outpatient (OP) program. IOP runs 3-5 days per week depending on your needs, and the number of days you spend in treatment each week may decrease as you make progress in your recovery. Transportation is provided to help you get to and from our facility.
Moving Mountains offers morning and evening IOP options to work around your schedule. Our morning IOP runs from 9 AM – 12 PM and is perfect for people who have children who are in school during these hours. This option is also great for someone who has just completed partial hospitalization or another higher level of care.
Our evening IOP runs from 6 PM – 9 PM. The evening option is great for people who cannot attend treatment during the day due to work, school, or other obligations.
The goal of our IOP program is to reinforce healthy coping skills that you may have learned in other levels of care, establish relapse prevention strategies that will help you stay sober, and encourage 12-Step Fellowship/AA participation. During treatment, each day has a particular focus that addresses important parts of your recovery.
Here is what you can expect during our New Jersey IOP substance abuse treatment program:
Monday (Health and Wellness) – Keeping your physical and mental health in optimal shape can reduce your risk for relapse. That’s why Mondays in our IOP are dedicated to improving holistic health and wellness. The first half of your session will discuss self-care, while the second half will focus on healthy lifestyle balance.
Tuesday (Emotional and Social Wellness) – Physical and mental health are important, but so are emotional and social health. As a result, Tuesday’s focus is on emotional and social wellness. The first half of your Tuesday session will help you identify and manage your emotions in healthy ways so you don’t have to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. The second half of the day focuses on interpersonal relationships, such as those with your family, friends, loved ones, and support group. We may also discuss things like attachment styles, boundaries, and healthy vs. unhealthy relationship dynamics.
Wednesday (Relapse Prevention) – Relapse prevention therapy helps you identify triggers (people, places, or things that may tempt you to use drugs or alcohol) and learn how to manage them appropriately. When you can deal with triggers and implement healthy relapse prevention strategies, you can achieve long-term sobriety. That’s why the entire focus of Wednesday IOP is relapse prevention.
Thursday (Self-Acceptance) – Thursday IOP focuses on self-acceptance. Many people in recovery have a lot of shame and regret about their addiction or past behaviors, but until you can accept your past, present, and future, you won’t be able to heal. Self-acceptance is the key to inner healing. In the first half of Thursday’s session, we discuss core beliefs. The second half is reserved for building your self-esteem and self-worth so you are confident in all of your future endeavors.
Friday (Skills Development) – Friday’s IOP is all about skills development. We will discuss healthy routines, daily living, and DBT/CBT skills in a group therapy format. These sessions can improve your ability to deal with stressful situations and prevent relapse.
Find Out if Our New Jersey IOP is Right For You
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and ready to begin recovery, we’re here to help. A qualified admissions coordinator is available 24 hours a day to take your call, verify your insurance, and assess your situation to find out which of our comprehensive addiction treatment programs in Northern New Jersey are right for you. Call now to get started.