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Intensive Outpatient Program

Our IOP program provides a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of weekly treatment which includes a minimum of one (1) hour of individual substance abuse/behavioral health counseling per week and a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of group counseling. Mountain View Recovery Center's Intensive Outpatient level of care is intended as a transition phase from the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). It is intended for clients with substance abuse disorder, at times coupled with co-occurring disorders, who generally require a more structured substance use disorder outpatient treatment experience than can be received from traditional outpatient treatment. Clients may or may not have resources in the form of family, friends, or employment that provides support during the course of treatment.

The National Institutes of Health cite group counseling as an effective form of treatment in intensive outpatient treatment. It helps patients in a number of ways including:

  • Developing communication and socialization skills
  • Allowing clients to develop a community where they feel safe, comfortable and supported
  • Clients are able to hold each other accountable; someone further along can help those newer to the program
  • Learning new skills and behaviors to use in life after treatment
  • Management of potential triggers and relapse

Recovery is complex, but not impossible. The support of others helps significantly in recovery. Relapse is common and nothing to be ashamed of; however, a relapse prevention plan or management in the case of relapse is made much easier with support. A study published by NIH cites the importance of communities to recovery as well as the importance of patients learning to re-integrate and be productive members of society. Mountain View emphasizes this in all three of our programs. Each one is designed to help clients during recovery while also building the skills to succeed long after.

It’s important for clients to know that community varies far beyond the nuclear family or even just people they grew up with. For many, community is often found during and after recovery. Each person does have to put in time and effort into building relationships, which is something they achieve through group therapy and other group activities.

Clients can expect to have more free time to spend with loved ones and more flexibility than the PHP program but less than an outpatient program (OP). The IOP program is recommended for individuals who require treatment but also have personal responsibilities. It allows clients to rebuild their personal lives while still receiving the intensive care required to ensure long term recovery. Towards the end of the IOP program, it will be determined if extended care is required or if the client is ready to move to an OP program.