Intensive Outpatient Program

The Intensive Outpatient Program offered by The Counseling Center is a focused treatment that addresses drug addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring disorders for adults seeking a sober and productive life. At The Counseling Center, we use the latest, evidence-based concepts and technologies developed to treat addiction and substance abuse, and combine these with the foundation of the 12-step principles. The Counseling Center also offers Youth (Adolescent) Outpatient (IOP). This page describes the adult IOP program.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment also known as IOP, for “Intensive Outpatient Program” is the primary treatment program recommended for qualifying individuals who don’t need to detox under the supervision of a medical staff, and who can responsibly control other aspects of their life. The eligibility for IOP is determined at the initial clinical and medical assessment. This part time basis outpatient treatment is also recommended for people who have completed an in-house treatment program (rehab), and want to reinforce their recovery therapies following a successful detox. In such cases, the outpatient schedule is designed to accommodate the responsibilities of work, school, and family life of the individual. The outpatient treatment services are provided through daily group therapy, in small groups of 10 or less people, and once a week with an individual therapist assigned to work with you throughout your treatment at The Counseling Center. There are many topics covered in our outpatient program, but everyone is introduced to the following areas:


Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome or PAWS Relapse Prevention Skills How to Manage Urges and Cravings Understanding the Brain Chemistry of Addiction Progression of the Disease of Addiction Introduction to the Twelve Steps Spirituality Stages of Change


Identifying Co-Occurring Disorders and the Effects on Addiction and Recovery Family Education Program Individual, Marital, Couples, Family, and Group Counseling Addiction/Abuse Education Depression/Anxiety Education Anger/Stress Management Life Transitions Education Self-Discovery Education Co-Dependency Education


Psychiatric Care Introduction to the 12-Step Recovery Program Introduction to the Adult Children of Alcoholics Program Compulsive Behaviors Education

The schedule of the outpatient treatment program is for individuals who want to rid themselves of the grip of drug or alcohol addiction for good, but have personal commitments and responsibilities and can’t be away for the length of time (usually 3 months, but can be more) required of an in-house residential treatment program. With our IOP, an individual can establish a foundation for long-term recovery and total freedom from drugs, alcohol, and other substances. In addition, our IOP treatment schedule provides the patient with the psychological support of structure – identified as a lacking factor that may lead to the instability associated with drug and alcohol use. When a person follows a daily schedule, they develop a pattern that becomes habitual. This is true for everyone. These habitual patterns include nutrition, hygiene, productive activities, enjoyable activities, and restful activities. Unexpected situations become fewer, and the patient learns to handle them without pressure or anxiety.

Call us and schedule an appointment for a clinical assessment for the intensive outpatient program offered by The Counseling Center. 732 431 5300.