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Affordable Intensive Outpatient Program for Substance Abuse Disorders

Iop 1Intensive OutPatient treatment (IOP) helps people establish the foundations for lifelong sobriety. Designed for those who don’t need or who have already completed detox, IOP offers the structure of intensive treatment with the flexibility of outpatient care. Yellowstone Recovery’s low-cost drug and alcohol treatment in Orange County guides clients along the path to freedom, while allowing them to maintain their independence and support themselves.


Who Should Consider the Intensive Outpatient Program?

Intensive outpatient treatment works well for those who need more support and structure than traditional outpatient addiction treatment programs—people who suffer repeated relapses, experience strong cravings, or live in a high-risk environment make good candidates for the program, as do those who can’t enter an inpatient rehab facility because of financial or personal concerns. It’s also ideal for those who are transitioning from inpatient rehab to independent living.

What Does “Intensive” Mean?

Intensive outpatient treatment for substance abuse disorders requires a greater commitment than traditional outpatient rehab programs. Participants must attend at least four group therapy sessions per week and one individual therapy session every other week for a total of nine to ten hours per week. As far as living arrangements are concerned, clients can stay with family or enter a sober living facility—a safe, substance-free environment that keeps them away from temptations and enabling influences.

What Does “Outpatient” Mean?

Outpatient means clients don’t have to live at a facility around the clock. Since the meetings take place in the evening, they can still hold a full-time job during the day. That allows clients to maintain their independence and to support themselves while they undergo comprehensive alcohol and drug treatment. Such flexibility, along with the absence of medically supervised detox, separates intensive outpatient treatment from inpatient programs.

Why Choose Intensive Outpatient Treatment?


  • You want to devote as much time as possible to your outpatient recovery.
  • You’ve completed detox and need a structured, but flexible treatment option.
  • You can’t enter an inpatient facility, but you need more support than outpatient care.
  • You would prefer to transition gradually from inpatient rehab to independent living.
  • You want to apply lessons learned in inpatient rehab in the context of continued care.

Does Insurance Cover Treatment?

Iop 2Most insurance carriers consider addiction treatment to be a fundamental component of any health care plan. That being said, there’s a question of what kind of treatment an insurance provider will allow and how much they’ll cover. In order to determine that, most providers turn to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), which has developed guidelines that establish who may receive what kind of care. The ASAM placement criteria identify four levels of treatment.

What Are the Three Levels of “Acceptable” Outpatient Treatment?

In general, the ASAM recommends that people receive the least restrictive care possible to treat their condition. That determination can affect whether insurance companies authorize (and, therefore, cover) a particular treatment plan. Starting with Level 0.5, which deals with those who are “at risk” of addiction, the guidelines then detail three separate levels of treatment:

  • Level 1 – Outpatient Treatment: For those who enjoy a stable environment and who don’t need much external structure or support.
  • Level 2: Intensive Outpatient Treatment: For those who need an extra layer of structure and support, but who don’t need the full-time care offered by an inpatient facility.
  • Level 3: Inpatient Treatment:For those who need the support of a 24-hour living facility that isolates them from temptations and provides supervision around the clock.
  • Level 4: (NOT Outpatient) Medically Supervised Inpatient Treatment: For those who need advanced, 24-hour medical supervision to manage withdrawals and mental health services.


What Does the Treatment Plan Involve?

At Yellowstone Recovery, we offer personalized, evidence-based programming designed to help people from all walks of life conquer their addiction to alcohol or drugs. Our affordable intensive outpatient alcohol treatment and drug rehab program sets the stage for lifelong sobriety through a combination of group, individual, and family therapy.

Group Therapy

Groupduringmeetingwiththerapist15022245506156788Yellowstone Recovery’s IOP programs emphasize community-based care, of which group therapy forms a central part. Support groups give participants the opportunity to meet other people who struggle with similar problems. Under the supervision of a trained substance abuse counselor, they’re able to share their stories and support each other through the ordeal of recovery.

The moment people enter a group environment, they realize they’re not alone, that others face similar challenges. That, in itself, can offer therapeutic value. In some cases, clients are able to communicate thoughts or emotions that they had kept bottled up for years. Finally, the members of an addiction group can hold each other accountable, increasing the likelihood that their recovery will rest on stable ground.

Individual Therapy

Group therapy forms the core of any intensive outpatient program, but participants also have access to one-on-one counseling. As part of the program, clients must meet with their counselor once every other week to discuss their recovery. During the meeting, a trained counselor or therapist will help the client overcome the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that stand in the way of sobriety.

Family Therapy

When addiction strikes, the family is the first to suffer. At Yellowstone Recovery, clients gather with their loved ones to sort through the issues that have torn them apart. The therapy sessions also equip family members to deal with challenges that will arise during the course of the recovery process, giving them the tools they need to offer continuing support even after the individual has completed their outpatient treatment.

What Are the Benefits of the Program?

Why take part in intensive outpatient treatment for substance abuse disorders? Why not opt for an outpatient program or a residential treatment facility? The right choice depends on your unique situation, but, for the right person, IOP does offer some advantages over other programs. Those include:

  • More structure than traditional outpatient programs.
  • More support than outpatient care.
  • More time to explore issues and learn new skills.
  • Deeper immersion in the recovery process.
  • More flexibility than inpatient treatment programs.
  • The ability to maintain a normal work/life schedule.


What Methods Does Yellowstone Recovery Employ?

Consultingwithexpert1502231302426618Yellowstone Recovery’s intensive outpatient alcohol treatment program uses the 12-step model of addiction recovery. A proven method for helping clients beat alcohol and drug abuse, the 12-step informs our approach to treatment and helps us deliver the best care to each of our clients. At the core of the program is the idea that people cannot overcome their addiction on their own. Willpower, while necessary, is not enough. Recovering addicts must also seek the help of a higher power, a sponsor, and other people.

Where Do I Start?

Recovery starts the moment you realize you need help. Once you’re ready to turn a new page, it’s a matter of knowing where to look. At Yellowstone Recovery, we provide low-cost addiction treatment in Orange County, CA. Our evidence-based programming includes an intensive outpatient treatment program that caters to recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.


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