The Benefits of an Intensive Outpatient Program

Have you been referred to an IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program)?  Not sure if it’s right for you?

We asked 3 of our current IOP Team leaders what they witness daily as the greatest benefits to participating in an IOP program, here is what they had to say…

ED IOP Team Leader:

*Provides a safe and supportive environment for healing

*Offers peer support that is difficult to find

*Allows more time throughout the week to learn and practice skills than can be offered in lower levels of care.

*Encourages individuals to focus primarily on their overall health while they are in treatment

DAT IOP Team Leader:

1. the team of therapists…. obvi…. ;)
2. increased level of support resulting in quicker progress towards treatment goals and reclaiming their life
3. realizing you’re not alone…. support of peers who “get it”
4. increase in exposure to skills that will help decrease symptoms and live in recovery.
5. bio-psycho-social-spiritual components…. not every clinic offers this holistic approach.
6. complementary spiritual care services while in program
7. trauma informed treatment
8. Structure
10. exposure to multiple treatment modalities: sensorimotor, CBT, DBT, etc and individualized treatment plan/goals

DAT IOP Team Leader:

Challenges shame/stigma through support from peers.
Addresses presenting issues/problem from a wrap around, bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach.
Access to Complimentary & Alternative Medicine providers (nutrition education, mind/body, spirituality, recreational therapy)
A more intensive intervention can contribute to shorter overall experience of symptom interference.

Further Reading: What is an IOP? ….and other questions you are afraid to ask.

More information on our IOPs can be found here.

Questions?  Contact Us.


ED IOP=Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program

DAT IOP =Depression, anxiety, trauma Intensive Outpatient Program