California residents who struggle with alcohol and/or drug addiction have multiple treatment programs available to them. Of the various options, IOP rehab centers offer a combination of convenience and care that make them a good choice for many residents who need help.

What is Intensive Outpatient Rehab?

Intensive outpatient rehab (IOP rehab) provides part-time addiction treatment in an accessible format. Centers generally offer intensive outpatient drug rehab and intensive outpatient alcohol rehab, and residents may enroll in either or both.

Participating in IOP drug rehab or IOP alcohol rehab usually requires a few hours per day of treatment, and treatment days are normally a few days each week. There is no overnight stay, and participants are free to work, attend class or otherwise spend their time as they wish.

How Are IOP Rehab and PHP Rehab Different?

Both intensive outpatient rehab and partial hospitalization rehab offer addiction treatment services in an outpatient setting.

The two treatment options each have participants leave the facility during non-treatment hours (i.e. to spend nights at home), and the services offered by each treatment type are the same. In fact, many group sessions can have both IOP and PHP participants.

The primary difference between IOP and PHP is the time commitment required. PHP requires more hours per treatment day, and participants usually attend sessions each workday (and possibly on weekends). IOP participants spend less time when they have sessions, and they often only attend sessions a few days a week.

Of course, the difference in time commitment translates to differences in convenience and cost. IOP schedules are more flexible than PHP schedules, simply because less time is required. IOP also tends to be more affordable, although insurance may cover both types of treatment (see below).

Who’s a Good Candidate for IOP Drug Rehab or IOP Alcohol Rehab?

Intensive outpatient drug rehab and alcohol rehab programs can be effective when used in a couple of different ways.

Many patients who enroll in residential rehab programs eventually transition to lower-level programs, and IOP rehab is frequently one of those lower-level programs. As a successfully progresses through rehab, a normal course is to enroll in residential rehab, PHP rehab, IOP rehab and outpatient rehab sequentially.

Participants who don’t meet the clinical criteria for admission to a residential rehab center may be well-suited for receiving treatment at an IOP rehab center. Whether PHP or IOP rehab is more suitable is a determination that a qualified provider can make after meeting with a participant.

Sometimes IOP rehab is chosen because the more intensive residential and PHP rehab programs aren’t viable options. If scheduling precludes enrolling in a more intensive program, IOP may still provide solid addiction treatment while accommodating other schedule obligations.

For example, participants might choose IOP rehab because it’s compatible with their school schedule, work schedule or family obligations. It can also be easier to keep addiction treatment confidential when many days don’t need to be completely blocked off for individual and group sessions. The few hours that IOP requires can be explained as something else easily enough.

What Treatment Methods Do IOP Rehab Centers Rely On?

IOP rehab centers may use a variety of established therapies and other treatments to help enrollees overcome their drug and alcohol addictions. The treatments may take place as either group or individual work:

  • Group treatments can include sessions on emotional sobriety, family therapy, group processing, group recovery and trigger awareness
  • Individual treatments can include attachment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), family systems therapy, narrative therapy and trauma informed therapy

IOP rehab participants are often encouraged to practice mindfulness, take yoga classes, attend spiritual/religious groups and exercise. These activities don’t necessarily have to take place at an IOP rehab center, however. It may even be preferable to pursue these supplemental activities outside of a center, as that can help a future transition out of IOP after the successful completion of a program.

All of the treatments provided by IOP rehab centers are administered by qualified professionals. Medical providers, social workers and counselors are some of the professionals who work at these centers.

Are IOP Rehab Programs Effective at Treating Addiction?

IOP rehab is an effective way to treat mild to moderate addiction, and to follow up more intensive treatment programs once they’ve been completed. An IOP program may be helpful on its own or in conjunction with one of the other options.

For maximum effectiveness, participants should discuss their addiction and their situation with a knowledgeable professional before enrolling in a program. Someone who’s worked with other addiction program participants will be able to evaluate whether IOP, residential or PHP treatment is most appropriate.

Are IOP Treatment Programs Covered by Health Insurance?

Health insurance policies frequently provide coverage for IOP drug or alcohol treatment, so long as the treatment is deemed necessary or appropriate by a medical provider. Insurance may pay for all or a significant portion of a program’s costs, depending on a particular policy’s coverages.

For those who aren’t insured, IOP rehab treatment can still be affordable. This form of treatment costs much less than residential programs do, since there’s no overnight requirement. IOP also tends to be more affordable than PHP, because the time required is less. In addition to these factors, financial assistance is frequently available to participants who don’t have insurance coverage.

Learn More About IOP Rehab in Los Angeles

If IOP rehab sounds like it might be right for you or someone you know, contact us at Outpatient Los Angeles. One of our representatives will help you further explore whether this indeed is the best addiction treatment option for you.