When people are in need of a structured setting in which to work toward overcoming symptoms of behavioral health and/or substance misuse issues, they may benefit from participating in an intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Many people suffering from a substance use disorder can’t afford to stay away from work or school for extended periods of time in order to receive addiction treatment in a residential setting. If appropriate, intensive outpatient services give those patients the flexibility to maintain their professional or academic schedules to a large degree while launching into recovery at the same time.

An IOP gives patients more flexibility to maintain their household responsibilities while stabilizing their recovery. Patients may have children that require their supervision and care. Other patients may have a spouse in full-time employment and can’t afford childcare for extended periods of time.  

Another frequent roadblock for recovery are feelings of embarrassment and shame. Many people struggle with being open about their substance use issues. They may not want employers, neighbors, or even family members to know about their addiction treatment. Encore Outpatient Services is committed to protecting our clients’ privacy and will use discretion at all times.

An IOP also gives patients the opportunity to practice the strategies they learn in treatment right away. Putting their newly acquired coping skills into practice outside of the therapy environment helps them strengthen these techniques and incorporate them into their daily life.

Encore provides IOP treatment for addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders through its DC metro and Arlington, VA intensive outpatient program.

An intensive outpatient level of care consists of at least 3 hours of treatment three days per week. Encore’s IOP bundles a variety of outpatient treatment services and provides structured programming while maintaining the ability to customize care. These programs meet the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) level 2.5 and 2.1 criteria for IOP services.