Intensive Outpatient Program for Substance Abuse

 The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Lakeview Health is the level of care between our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and discharge. Our Intensive Outpatient Program serves patients with alcohol and substance use disorders, co-occurring mental health disorders, and a history of trauma or post-traumatic stress. All PHP patients have completed Lakeview Health’s Inpatient Rehab, Residential Treatment, and Partial Hospitalization programs.

Prepare for Life After Rehab

The outpatient program at Lakeview Health is all about developing personal accountability, setting long-term recovery goals, and building an Aftercare plan to help you transition from treatment to everyday life. At this point, you have a solid idea about how you’re going to approach sobriety. You’ve been through Detox, Inpatient Rehab, Residential Treatment, and Partial Hospitalization. You’ve taken the first steps toward practicing sobriety skills in a real-world setting through structured, off-site activities and peer support group meetings.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program is the next step on your journey. You have more time to yourself and more opportunities to put your new coping mechanisms to the test, but you still have a full day of on-site clinical support and the structure of our Sober Living Villages to help you prepare for what’s to come: a healthy, productive, sober life.

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Daily Life in the Intensive Outpatient Program

At the Intensive Outpatient level of care, you live off-campus in shared, gender-specific apartments at Lakeview Health’s The Villages. You participate in the same recovery groups, wellness activities, and social support meetings you did during Inpatient, Residential Treatment, and Partial Hospitalization. You continue evening off-site support group meetings you added during PHP, and build on that progress with additional independent time every afternoon.

The day begins at 7:30 am and concludes at 3:30 pm. We provide shuttles to and from our main campus, where you receive at least three hours of structured therapy per day. You eat three meals per day in our gender-specific dining rooms – you return via shuttle for dinner – with healthy snacks available between meals.

Your treatment plan is similar to the one you followed during Inpatient Rehab, Residential Treatment, and Partial Hospitalization. You continue with one-on-one therapy, daily 12-step meetings, medical/psychiatric care, family sessions, and medication as needed. However, a significant portion of your focus shifts to working with your primary therapist and Aftercare coordinator to create an Aftercare plan that works for you.

In addition to the off-site evening and weekend activities you started during Partial Hospitalization, as an IOP patient you can:

A Safe Path to Independence and Sustained Sobriety

The step from Partial Hospitalization to our Intensive Outpatient Program is a big one. You still live with sober peers in The Villages, eat three meals a day on-site in our men’s and women’s dining rooms, and participate in your regular peer support groups every evening. The overall structure of your days remains consistent. You’re in rehab, working through your recovery assignments, staying in close contact with your primary therapist, wellness coaches, and group counselors. The big change occurs in the amount of therapy and personal time you get each day: therapy time decreases by half while personal time increases by half. That’s a significant shift, and it only occurs when you’re ready and receive approval from the clinical team.

Less therapy time and more personal time means that during IOP, you spend more time away from the main Lakeview campus than you spend on it – but you’re not on your own quite yet. You have the full support of the Lakeview clinical team at your disposal until 3:30 pm every day. You spend these hours with your Aftercare Coordinator perfecting you Aftercare plan, collaborating and brainstorming with therapists and peers about triggers and how to deal with them, and finally, making concrete, big-picture decisions about what’s next for you.

Take Personal Responsibility

The primary goal of the Intensive Outpatient Program is to complete the transition you began in our Partial Hospitalization Program. Carefully, under the guidance of the Lakeview staff and with the full support of your peers, responsibility for your daily routine shifts to you. At this point in treatment, you probably have about six weeks of sobriety to your credit. You’ve gained experience managing yourself off-site, you’ve had time to develop your coping skills, and you’ve tested your sobriety strategies where they matter most – out in the world.

Begin a New Life

It’s an exciting time: independent sobriety is right around the corner, and you’re on the verge of living the life you want on your own terms. When you reach the end of your time in IOP, you’ll have the tools you need to live a life free of alcohol and drugs. And another amazing thing happens: you become a member of our active, engaged, and extensive Alumni network, which allows you to give back, help people brand new to rehab and sobriety – just like you were when you arrived – and complete the circle of service unique to Lakeview Health.

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