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Intensive Outpatient Programs: What It Is, and Its Benefits

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An intensive outpatient program is a treatment and support program used to treat conditions that don’t require detoxification or close supervision. Such conditions include:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attack
  • Panic disorder
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Homicidal thought
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Mood disorder
  • Personality disorder.
  • Drug addiction
  • Eating disorders

Intensive outpatient programs consist of group therapy for 3 hours daily. This program can take 1-2 weeks. Other services offered are medication management, case management, and individual counseling. The goal of the program is:

  • To give frequent support while allowing the patient to lead their everyday life.
  • To maintain abstinence from addiction and achieve behavioral change.
  • To encourage patients to be part of a support system.

The Intensive outpatient program is appropriate when:

  • There is a need for more intensive treatment while avoiding inpatient hospitalization.
  • There is a need for more support upon discharge from an inpatient facility.
  • There is a weakening of symptoms.
  • The patient needs a differential diagnosis.

Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Programs

  1. This program is flexible and easily accessible, and it allows the patient to lead their everyday lives, giving the patient the ability to continue supporting their families.
  2. It is not expensive like inpatient treatment programs.
  3. The patient can apply the coping skills they learn daily.
  4. It allows one to establish communication-based support.
  5. The patient can develop long-term support relationships with the other patients in the group.
  6. The patients receive medication management and drug screening.
  7. The program provides the patient with a high level of privacy.
  8. The patient can develop different life skills, like self-care, practicing mindfulness, healthy thinking, and developing healthy relationships.

Final Thoughts.

To learn more about the Intensive Care Program, contact us or Visit the Connections Wellness Group website. We have a dynamic team of therapists who will connect with you and help you achieve overall wellness.