Are you or a loved one considering an intensive outpatient program (IOP) as a treatment option?

According to the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, IOPs are an essential part of the continuum of care for alcohol and drug use disorders. They are as effective as inpatient treatment for most individuals seeking care. Recovery is not an easy process, and handling emotions can be especially difficult at this point in the journey to sobriety. 

Read more to learn about intensive outpatient programs and Better Life Recovery & Wellness


The American Society of Addiction Medicine has defined the five levels of treatment as part of a “continuum of care.”

  1. Intervention Services 
  2. Outpatient Services
  3. Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) / Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)
  4. Residential or Inpatient Treatment Services
  5. Medically Managed Intensive Inpatient Treatment Services 


Intensive outpatient programs are a form of treatment that allows individuals to maintain the comfort of home and the routine of daily life while working towards an early recovery.

An IOP is designed to address the needs of a person who is undergoing drastic changes intending to make these changes permanent. Having support from trained professionals and a group of others who are dealing with similar issues, IOPs provide a safe place to move forward into long-term recovery. 

What To Expect

The care received by an intensive outpatient program will vary depending on the facility and provider. Generally, it consists of 10 to 12 hours of group and individual therapy each week, with encouraging participation in a 12-step program. Sessions occur on-site at a medical or therapeutic facility. 

Clients in IOPs usually visit a facility three to four times per week, often for three hours at a time. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) mentions that most programs require 9 to 20 hours of participation per week. An IOP provides a higher level of care than standard outpatient programs, meaning more time spent in treatment each week.

At Better Life Recovery & Wellness, we offer customized therapy programs for the individual client. Therapy can treat an individual’s mental, emotional, physical and behavioral concerns including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, addiction, abuse, work issues and relationship issues. 

We provide the following services for our patients: 

  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Programming
  • Wellness Programs
  • Group Counseling
  • Life Skills Workshops
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Outpatient Program (OP)


It may be time to look into therapy services if your loved one is experiencing problems that limit the activities they would typically do. It is highly recommended that they do not wait until these issues and the corresponding symptoms become too severe. 

People often have family or work commitments that prevent them from entering a full-time treatment program. It is harder for them to leave their current responsibilities behind to pursue treatment. For these people, IOPs are the best choice. They receive the benefits of getting intensive treatment while being able to reside at home.

The ideal candidate for intensive outpatient treatment lives in a safe home environment. The home environment should consist of being surrounded by encouraging family members and friends who support their loved one during recovery efforts.

It is best for the person trying to recover from an addiction to not be in an environment with people who abuse substances. It is recommended to get the person away from triggers in case of a relapse. 

IOPs are generally not recommended for those with severe cases of addiction. Commonly, these cases are referred to as inpatient treatment since they require more immersive treatment and 24-hour supervision.


IOPOur staff at Better Life Recovery & Wellness is here to help to the best of our ability. At oucenter, everyone is understanding, and their one goal is to get an individual back to a quality life. We fulfilled the requirements listed above and surpass them through mental support services and other workshops we provide for our patients. 

BLR wellness programs are well-organized programs with the goal of our professional programs and classes to enhance an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  We believe this will assist patients to adjust to life’s challenges and successfully manage their recovery. Wellness plans, which are a part of the client’s larger treatment plan, are based on the SAMHSA Wellness Model.

BLR’s wellness programs will support and enhance optimal functioning in the Eight Dimensions of Wellness: 

  • Emotional: being able to cope with life and creating meaningful and satisfying relationships. 
  • Environment: promoting healthy well-being through a positive environment. 
  • Financial: having a sense of satisfaction with their current and future financial situation.
  • Intellectual: recognizing creative outlets and expanding their skills. 
  • Occupational: feeling a sense of satisfaction from their employment.
  • Physical: understanding there is a need for physical activity,   healthy sleep, and nutrition plan.
  • Social: developing a community that can support them.
  • Spiritual: expanding their sense of meaning in life.

Our wellness programs are client-centered, individual and group-based, creative and ongoing throughout the treatment plan process.

Additionally, our life skills workshops are our primary method for providing useful services to current clients. The educational classes help participants learn coping skills for managing stress, negative moods, maladaptive behaviors, and relationships. 

The BLR life skills seminars will be facilitated by professional counselors and social workers and will cover the following topics: 

  • Wellness education
  • Job skills
  • Resume writing
  • Relationships
  • Anger management
  • Time management
  • Goal planning
  • Drug prevention
  • Relapse prevention
  • Soul care
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Fitness
  • Nutrition 

Better Life Recovery & Wellness is a premier provider of quality addiction and mental health recovery services focused on improving the total well-being of individuals and families. We provide the tools, care and hope you need to start a better life today. 


At Better Life Recovery & Wellness, we strive to provide the highest quality addiction recovery and mental health services to those struggling with the disease of addiction or for those with mental health concerns through positive, supportive and caring programs within a safe environment. Everyone deserves a better life.

Are you or someone you care about struggling with mental health or addiction issues? Better Life Recovery & Wellness is here to help. We determine the best treatment option for each of our clients on an individual basis. 

If you need help now, contact us today877-594-2752