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Improving Mental Health with an IOP: Intensive Outpatient Program

group of older and younger men and women sitting in a circle during an outpatient therapy session

Life is filled with challenges and being human is stressful by nature. Living during a time of a pandemic brings additional hurdles and many of us are facing new situations that we could not have anticipated a couple of years ago. Caring for our mental health is of the utmost importance and sometimes we need additional therapeutic support to achieve this, such as an intensive outpatient program or IOP.

What is an IOP?

The IOP is a 2–3-week program that provides 3 hours of group therapy each day, psychiatric evaluations and medication management in an outpatient setting. This program is for anyone who does not require medical detoxification or 24-hour medical supervision at an inpatient or residential treatment facility but who needs more support than the typical weekly or bi-weekly therapy session is able to provide.

What Type of Treatment Therapies are Available?

Each of us are unique individuals and therefore, we can benefit from a variety of various therapy techniques. Some of the treatment therapies used in IOP are:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Is an IOP Right for Me or My Loved One?

If you or your loved one are struggling with any of the following issues below and require more support than individual therapy sessions, IOP may be helpful:

  • Self-Harm
  • Chronic Depression
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Relationship issues
  • Chronic anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Symptoms of isolation and withdrawal
  • Dealing with grief, loss, or death of a loved one
  • Coping with traumatic experiences
  • Thoughts of death and/or dying
  • Chemical use/abuse
  • Low frustration and tolerance levels

What Happens Next?

At the end of the IOP treatment, your therapy team works with you to schedule individual therapy and medication management appointments to meet your mental health needs. To learn more and decide if an IOP is right for you or your loved one, visit this page or contact us at Connections Wellness Group today.