Activities and Services Provided by IOP

Intensive Outpatient Programs include a host of activities and services. Group and individual sessions can touch on a variety of topics, including how to deal with withdrawal, relapse prevention, mood management, etc. A comprehensive list of services that can be provided comprises the following:

  • Initial intake and assessment
  • Orientation to the program structure
  • Treatment planning. This includes the preparation of an initial treatment plan as well as regularly-scheduled updates to the plan, every 30 days or more frequently, based on participants’ needs.
  • Individual counseling sessions
  • Group therapy (including psychoeducational, life skills, self-help, and other areas of focus)
  • Case management, care coordination, and discharge planning meeting as needed
  • Family sessions as needed, where individuals who play a significant role in participants’ lives may be invited to a session
  • Drug and alcohol screening, as necessary
  • Continuing recovery and treatment planning, inclusive of the goals identified in the recovery or treatment plan and referrals to appropriate resources (e.g., social services, Medi-Cal and vocational rehabilitation, etc.)
  • The use of Motivational Interviewing to establish an honest therapeutic relationship with the goal of influencing the participant towards change
  • An assessment of the participant’s place in The Stage Model of Change
  • Active encouragement of the expression of ambivalence and resistance to change
  • Developing a Decisional Balance that shows the pros and cons of changing or not changing
  • Developing a Hierarchy of Needs in which the participant decides upon the relative importance of different problems in their life and the order of addressing these problems therapeutically
  • Educating participants on how to manage urges and craving
  • Identifying, enhancing, and maintaining motivation to abstain, moderate, cut back, or engage in less harmful use
  • Identifying and addressing coexisting mental disorders; such as depression, anxiety, trauma, etc.
  • Identifying and correcting maladaptive and dysfunctional thoughts and beliefs
  • Developing a balanced value-based lifestyle leading to fulfillment of goals and dreams while minimizing chances of replace
  • Developing a style of communication that is effective and leads to establishment of healthy relationships
  • Exploring and addressing dysfunctional dynamics within family and social environment
  • Referral to medical professionals for determination of need for psychiatric or addiction medications
  • Sharing of a list of resources within the community that offer complementary services that may not be provided within the program
  • Thorough documentation of all services, interventions, and referrals provided
  • The incorporation of 12 step and other spiritual groups, as appropriate for patient’s orientation and needs
  • Relapse prevention and education
  • Help recognize personal strengths and problem areas
  • Develop and/or improve the use of healthy coping skills
  • Identify, challenge, and modify distorted thoughts and beliefs
  • Address transitions in life
  • Improve the ability to problem-solve and cope with emotional crisis
  • Change dysfunctional or destructive behavior patterns
  • Improve communication skills
  • Set immediate and long-term goals
  • Develop an effective aftercare plan
  • Identifying repetitive relationship themes that adversely affect daily functioning
  • Referrals for psychological assessments, as determined by the therapist’s evaluation
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