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Dennis Relojo-Howell

Should You Consider an Intensive Outpatient Programme?

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Dennis Relojo-Howell, (2022, January 18). Should You Consider an Intensive Outpatient Programme?. Psychreg on Psychotherapy. https://www.psychreg.org/should-you-consider-intensive-outpatient-programme/
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Addiction can greatly impact an individual’s quality of life: relationships, careers, physical and mental health are all impacted by substance abuse. Furthermore, there are often several barriers for individuals to get the help they need when it comes to addiction treatment. Finding the time to step away from home, work, or other responsibilities in order to find professional recovery services is often unreasonable or impossible for those with busy lives. Fortunately, solutions such as intensive outpatient rehab programmes provide an ideal solution for those looking to balance their day-to-day life with sustainable recovery.

Intensive outpatient programme vs outpatient rehab: what’s the difference?

While most outpatient rehab centers are for those who have previously completed inpatient treatment or require a lower level of care, intensive outpatient rehab is catered to individuals who require a moderate level of support but must return home at night.

This solution is ideal for those who are caretakers or have responsibilities that prevent them from staying overnight in a facility. Intensive outpatient rehab provides more frequent and rigorous care during treatment hours compared to outpatient treatment services – but provides the same flexibility when it comes to allowing access to home and family.

What to expect: intensive outpatient programme

Professional Intensive Outpatient Rehab services, such as those offered by CRC Institute, provide treatment three days per week, with sessions lasting 3-5 hours per day. Most individuals find themselves involved in intensive treatment for one to two months, depending on how their treatment progresses.

During treatment sessions, individuals experience a wide range of treatment modalities – including individual, group, and family therapy where those who struggle with substance abuse can learn positive coping mechanisms and how to manage triggering situations. Treatment programs that offer a wide range of healing modalities, such as IOP Chicago at CRC Institute – can be incredibly beneficial. Access to these modalities encourages patients to develop new healthy habits, including yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and more.

Is intensive outpatient rehab right for me?

For those working to strengthen their recovery skills and maintain long-term sobriety, intensive outpatient rehab could be the ideal next step on your healing journey. 

Ideal candidates for intensive outpatient rehab include:

  • Caretakers who can not sleep away from the home, but need reliable addiction support
  • Those who need to tend to responsibilities such as work or school while attending rehab
  • Those wishing to acquire skills for sustainable sobriety without being away from home
  • Those who have previously completed inpatient treatment, and are looking to step down to a more flexible level of care.

Sobriety is a beautiful gift that one must choose for themselves. But with the right support, and customised treatments such as the intensive outpatient programme at Chicago Rehab Center, individuals do not need to take the journey to recovery alone.


Dennis Relojo-Howell is the founder of Psychreg.

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