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Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Phase I

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)

Phase I is a four-week program, meeting three times weekly. The curriculum focuses on the disease concept, defense mechanisms used by addicts, denial, and greater understanding of the consequences caused by their use and behaviors.

Phase II

Relapse Prevention (OP)

Phase II is a five-week program, meeting twice weekly. The client creates a relapse prevention plan and gains knowledge, positive coping skills, and responsible and sober life management. In Phase II, clients are encouraged to participate in a five-week Parenting Class to prepare to be a clean and sober parent as the family engages in reunification

Phase III


Phase III is an eight-week program, meeting once per week. The focus is on building support networks for continued sobriety through self-discovery and journal writing.

Does Treatment Work?

Yes, if you're willing to work for it.


First, research to date has conclusively established that treatment can be effective. Researchers have concluded that a longer term addiction treatment with individualized components has substantially improved outcomes.

Second, some clients have better prognoses at the start of treatment than others. The variables that suggest a better prognosis include:

  • Low severity of dependence and psychiatric symptoms at admission

  • Motivation beyond the pre-contemplation stage of change

  • Being employed or self supporting

  • Having family and social supports for sobriety

Third, some treatment variables have been reliably shown to produce better and more enduring outcomes. The treatment variables associated with better outcomes in rehabilitation include:

  • Staying in treatment (at least outpatient treatment) longer and being more compliant with treatment

  • Having an individual counselor or therapist and more counseling sessions during treatment

  • Participating in voucher-based behavioral reinforcement interventions

  • Participating in AA, CA or NA following treatment

  • Having supplemental social services provided for adjunctive medical, psychiatric, and/or family problems

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