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Intensive Outpatient Program

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a 60- to 180-day program (based on client goals and progress) that provides at least 12 hours per week of treatment and allows clients to live on their own, work at a job, and travel to Meridian’s clinical offices, where they participate in treatment.

What to expect from the treatment?

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) gives clients the opportunity to continue living in a safe, structured sober environment and work in the community while attending treatment. Clients begin implementing the recovery skills developed throughout the program and can process their experience in a safe and supportive group environment. By doing this, they begin to establish a foundation for life-long sobriety.

Types of Treatment

During group, individual and family therapy sessions facilitated by experienced addiction treatment professionals, clients are exposed to a variety of evidence-based therapy techniques, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR
  • Hypnotherapy and more.

In addition to their psychotherapy treatment, clients are exposed to a variety of support groups, including:

  • 12-Step recovery (AA, NA)
  • SmartRecovery
  • Rational Recovery and others

Clients will receive the necessary tools to enhance the progress they make during treatment.

Treatment Plan

At the outset of treatment, each client will co-construct a treatment plan with their therapist. The treatment plan is a “living” document that details all the client’s problems, goals, and tasks that they will achieve to reach their desired goals. It is constantly updated, revised, and adjusted throughout the course of IOP treatment to meet the client’s goals and progress during the entire continuum of care.

As part of their treatment plan, clients attend group therapy several days per week, and receive an individual session once a week with their primary counselor. Clients attend outside support group meetings in the community and begin establishing a sober support system, as well.

Treatment Team

During their treatment stay, each client is assigned a treatment team that includes a physician, nurse, primary counselor, case manager, and nutritionist. This team is responsible for assessing and working with each client to establish both an individualized plan of care and aftercare recommendations. Medication management is provided by a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry, as well as a psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioner.

Who Is This Program Recommended For?

Intensive Outpatient Program treatment is the next natural progression after a client completes PHP.

Meridian offers an entire continuum of care, in which clients “step down” from a higher, more intensive level of care (PHP) to lower levels of care (IOP, OP), in which clients progressively decrease their treatment and increase their freedom and independence. Outpatient rehab allows a patient to work while undergoing substance abuse treatment.

Upon completion of treatment, clients will possess a better understanding of the disease of addiction and recognize the necessity and importance of 12-Step or other structured sober support involvement to their long-term recovery.

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