Intensive Outpatient Program

Designed as a step down from the Day/Night Program, our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) gives individuals the flexibility to further their new sober lives while maintaining the accountability that’s recommended for long-term recovery, in a clinical setting. This treatment option allows individuals to continue the progress and growth they’ve attained through medical detox, residential or day/night treatment in a less restrictive environment. It may also be an appropriate initial level of care for individuals who aren’t in need of full-time treatment and who have independent responsibilities to maintain.

Riverside Recovery provides our clients with a detoxification process in a peaceful, spa-like setting with private rooms and a 24/7 medically monitored detox program. Our staff is trained to taper and stabilize patients off of most substances, including alcohol, opiates, sedatives and benzodiazepines, fentanyl, amphetamines, marijuana and cocaine/crack. It’s our goal to keep you as comfortable as possible and make sure you are kept safe and healthy. Whatever the case may be, Riverside Recovery works to keep our patients comfortable while their body readjusts to living a life free of drugs in their system.

All individuals who admit in Riverside Recovery’s IOP will receive an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to meet their unique needs so that their treatment goals can be most appropriately met.

IOP Meets 3 Days a week at Riverside Recovery

What is an IOP?

There comes a time in everyone’s recovery journey when they must return to independent life and utilize the skills learned to maintain sobriety. Whether this step is taken after completing full-time care or whether it’s an appropriate first phase right after detox, it can feel daunting to face the stresses of everyday life without the safety net of interaction with addiction recovery professionals.

On the one hand, confronting this step means you are physically sober and have learned about healthy and constructive ways to maintain that sobriety, even in the face of everyday temptations. It may also mean that you have completed a full-time treatment program, and that the time has come to reenter independent life. You may not feel completely ready to face everyday life without professional support, and may need some more guidance, or want to continue with structured treatment. An IOP might be right for you if you are seeking a transitional step that incorporates elements of recovery treatment into a more flexible schedule, so you can get the extra help you need while still learning to live on your own.

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Is IOP Right for Me?

There are two types of addiction recovery clients who may benefit from intensive outpatient treatment. Most commonly, an IOP is recommended as a transitional step between residential or day/night treatment and fully independent living. For these individuals, an IOP offers structured treatment — typically in the form of familiar therapies with the same providers from their full-time care — a few times a week, at convenient times of day that don’t overlap with essential responsibilities.

In other cases, an IOP may be appropriate on its own or immediately after detox. Usually, these participants have either experienced a recent minor relapse, or their addiction never reached a point where they require full-time care. For this group, IOP can be a good way to get help for addiction without sacrificing day-to-day necessities like work, school or family.

Since IOP treatment is only appropriate for a certain group of people, it’s vital to be assessed by an addiction professional to be sure that this level of care will truly provide the help you need at your particular stage of recovery. At Riverside Recovery, all individuals who enter our programs must first complete an assessment with our admissions team. During these assessments, an individual’s history is reviewed, including presenting symptoms and the way in which those symptoms have impacted your ability to function on a daily basis. Additionally, physical and psychological history is discussed in order to obtain further pertinent information. Once this assessment is complete, it will then be reviewed by our clinical and medical teams who will determine what the most appropriate level of care will be for needs to be met. If determined that intensive outpatient program (IOP) will be of the most benefit to the individual in need of care, the admissions process will continue.

A similar assessment will be conducted for those who have completed a residential program or a day/night program (also called a partial hospitalization program) — either with Riverside Recovery or at another accredited treatment center — and are interested in seeking continued care with us. We want to make sure that you feel ready to transition from residential care to independent living, and we want to ensure that an intensive outpatient level of care will give you the balance of support and freedom that you need.

Before starting IOP at Riverside Recovery, individuals will be informed of the specific times and frequency that the program meets so that they can determine which schedule works best for them, without hindering their ability to adhere to other obligations. Upon admission to our IOP, each client will receive an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to meet their unique needs so that their treatment goals can be most appropriately met.

IOP at Riverside Recovery

IOP meets three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Groups will consist of a variety of therapeutic interventions and techniques to best serve the client’s in their continued recovery. Presentation of assignments from individual treatment plans, processing of events and or emotions, and psychoeducation are used regularly in sessions. An array of topics including family systems, boundaries, coping skills, triggers, depression, anxiety, spirituality, guilt and shame, post acute withdrawal symptom, communication, vulnerability and relapse prevention will be explored in groups. You will have the ability to not only learn about yourself, but also learn about and grow closer to your peers. In this setting your therapist and peers will offer challenges for growth based on your personal experiences and needs.

Contact Riverside Recovery

At Riverside Recovery, we want to ensure that every person struggling with addiction gets precisely the kind of help and care they need to change their life for the better. We provide individualized recovery treatment through a range of levels of care, from monitored detox through intensive outpatient treatment. Our programs welcome adult men and women who are ready to get help for addiction to a range of substances, including alcohol, prescription painkillers, heroin, meth, benzodiazepines and stimulants. If you or your loved one is ready to begin their journey of recovery in Tampa, Florida, please contact Riverside Recovery — our helpful admissions team is here to help you find out if our programs are the right fit for you. Call us at 833-875-7701.