Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Whether you’ve just completed Landmark Recovery’s residential treatment program or you’re simply seeking an ongoing program to keep you motivated and focused on sobriety, our comprehensive intensive outpatient program will give you the tools you need to stay on track with your recovery. 


What Is An Intensive Outpatient Program?

Intensive Outpatient Program (also known as IOP) is a primary treatment program recommended by clinicians and medical staff for many individuals newly sober or in need of continuing resources to help with addiction.

IOP is ideal for individuals who have already stabilized from withdrawal symptoms and wish to continue treatment outside of a residential setting. IOP patients are able to attend multiple sessions per week while continuing to live at home and meet work and personal obligations.


Program Information

At Landmark, the intensive outpatient program is designed to offer patients a multi-modal, multidisciplinary program that is more intensive than outpatient therapy. This program is typically recommended for those transitioning from Landmark’s medical detox and residential treatment programs. The schedule and criteria are broken up as follows:


  • Sessions are held at least 3 hours per day for at least 4 days per week
  • Sessions will be determined by need according to individual facility medical director and patient needs, but can include:
    • Individual therapy
    • Family therapy
    • Group therapy
    • Crisis intervention
    • Rehabilitation services
    • Case management services
    • SMART Recovery
    • Trauma-focused psycho-education
  • Session blocks are broken up as follows:
    • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • Morning sessions are specific per location


During their stay in intensive outpatient care, patients will be provided with an individualized treatment plan, a behavioral health professional, access to psychiatrists, nurses, and drug and alcohol counselors. When outside of Landmark facilities, patients will have the chance to contact staff, as per our On Call Corporate Policy.


How Long is IOP?

IOP is designed for patients to attend for 8 weeks, but patients may be discharged sooner when they no longer meet all elements of medical necessity as defined by the ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) criteria for addictive, substance-related, and co-occurring conditions.


Can I Continue to Attend IOP After I Graduate?

Yes. Alumni may continue attending sessions once a week at no additional cost.


Will I Receive Individual Counseling?

Yes. Each patient can receive individual counseling from a psychiatric consultant in addition to group and family therapy.


Does IOP Work?

It’s difficult to assess the true success rates for different forms of rehab, but a promising study was published in 2014 by the American Psychological Association. This study was a meta-analysis comprising 12 individual, reputable research reports that examined the efficacy of Intensive Outpatient Programs ranging from 1995 to 2012. The results:


  • IOPs emerged as a critical facet of 21st-century addiction treatment for people who need a more intensive level of service than usual outpatient treatment, and they allow participants to avoid or step down successfully from inpatient services.
  • Overall, studies have found that 50 to 70 percent of participants reported abstinence at first follow-up, and most studies found that this outcome was similar for inpatient treatment.
  • Compared with inpatient care, IOP services have at least two advantages:
    • Increased duration of treatment, which varies with the severity of the patient’s illness and his or her response.
    • The opportunity to engage and treat consumers while they remain in their home environments, which affords consumers the opportunity to practice newly-learned behaviors


How Can I Get More Information?

Call our confidential admissions line at 888-448-0302. We can often arrange for you to begin treatment within a few days.