What Is Intensive Outpatient Rehab?
Intensive outpatient programs have evolved and increased in popularity over the years, as clinicians have come to better understand substance abuse as a “chronic” disorder, rather than an acute one. This means it often takes time and continued effort to heal, and many people engage in IOPs well beyond the standard 4–12 weeks of care.3
At Recovery First Treatment Center in Hollywood, Florida, our IOP can serve either as an entry point to treatment or as a “step down” from inpatient rehab or our partial hospitalization program. Our daytime and evening IOP programs offer treatment for 3 hours per day, 3–5 days a week at our rehab facility near Miami in Hollywood, FL.
Much of the IOP addiction treatment curriculum is similar to and utilizes the same evidence-based approaches as our inpatient or residential drug and alcohol rehab but is delivered in a more condensed format.
Intensive outpatient rehab programming at our Hollywood, FL addiction treatment facility may include:
- Group, individual, and family counseling.
- Comprehensive medical evaluations of physical and psychological health.
- Treatment for co-occurring mental disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression).
- Medication management, when appropriate.
- Life skills training.
- 12-Step or other mutual-support meetings.
- Sessions with a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and addiction specialists.
While a patient can attend an IOP as a first and only step in addiction treatment, there are other rehab options that may be necessary or helpful. At our rehab facility in Hollywood, FL, IOP is just one level of addiction treatment in a larger continuum.
Other levels of addiction treatment include medical detox programs offered at our inpatient rehab facility in South FL. Alcohol, sedatives and opioids, in particular, can have very painful—sometimes dangerous—withdrawal syndromes, and detox may be needed before an IOP can begin in earnest.4
Because there is no overnight care, our IOP patients should have a safe place to reside in the Miami metro area, strong support system, and reliable transportation to our IOP in Hollywood, FL. If someone lacks support or faces an unsafe or unstable home environment, a more intensive level of rehab care, like inpatient addiction treatment, might be a better option.2
What’s the Difference Between IOP and Standard Outpatient Addiction Treatment?
The main difference between intensive and standard outpatient addiction treatment is time commitment. Standard outpatient rehab may take place 1–2 days a week for a total of 4 hours of treatment or less. By contrast, IOP participants attend sessions 3–5 days a week for at least 9 total hours of treatment.3
Standard outpatient rehab is a less-intensive form of addiction treatment and may be appropriate for someone who has already made significant progress in their recovery or is entering treatment for a mild substance use disorder.
There is no standard outpatient addiction treatment option at our Hollywood, FL rehab facility. Our IOP program is the lowest level of outpatient care available and serves as a step-down on the care continuum from our partial hospitalization program (PHP), which involves treatment 5 days a week (Monday–Friday) from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Our staff will work with you to develop a recovery roadmap that meets your individual needs. They’ll also help determine whether you may benefit from a short-term detox program, a month-long addiction treatment program, or a long-term rehab program.
The recommended level of care and length of stay varies greatly depending on the person. Treatment plans also tend to evolve and change as the patient advances through treatment.
Average Weekly Schedule for IOP at Recovery First
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How Much Do Intensive Outpatient Rehab Programs Cost?
In the 1980s, providers pushed for an expansion of IOPs as a cost-cutting alternative to more intensive care. Because there is less medical intervention and programming involved, intensive outpatient treatment is generally less expensive than inpatient or residential rehab.3
At our rehab facility near Miami and Fort Lauderdale, we offer different ways to pay for rehab that may help offset any out-of-pocket expenses. We also work with many health insurers to lower costs for patients.
Health Insurance Coverage for Intensive Outpatient Addiction Treatment
Most insurance plans cover addiction treatment to some degree. The amount of coverage for intensive outpatient care will fluctuate based on a person’s specific insurance plan.
Recovery First is in-network with many major insurance carriers in the Miami, Hollywood, and Ft. Lauderdale areas, such as:
To learn more about using insurance to pay for rehab, fill out this quick and confidential . We’ll check your benefits and email you right back with important details about your coverage and next steps in the rehab admissions process.
Why Choose Recovery First for IOP?
Participants receive one-on-one attention from our caring staff and clinicians and have the opportunity to customize recovery programs based on their individual needs.
Our evidence-based curriculum focuses on building essential and practical life skills that help people get and stay in recovery. Sessions include financial training, nutrition planning, and more.
Additionally, our staff is trained in cognitive processing therapy (CPT), which helps address PTSD or other trauma in veterans and anyone else who may benefit. CPT is one of several specialty offerings we have in our specialized rehab program for veterans and our rehab program for healthcare professionals.
Our commitment to our patients and providing the best possible care is reflected in our status as one of the region’s “Top 3” and most highly ranked addiction centers by Three Best Rated and Help.org. Recovery First is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and holds a Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission.
The AAC Advantage
When you choose an American Addiction Centers (AAC) facility, you immediately gain the support of the nation’s largest network of rehabs. In addition to Recovery First in Hollywood, FL, AAC has facilities in Tampa, FL, as well as Texas, Mississippi, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Nevada, and California.
AAC stands behind its programs with a 90-day brand promise. If someone successfully completes 90 consecutive days of addiction treatment with us (whether inpatient, outpatient, or both), and later suffers a relapse, they may come back to any AAC facility for free for an additional 30 days.
Whichever program or location you choose, we are here to help you every step of the way. You are never alone. Contact us at to learn more about Recovery First’s IOP and get started today.
Flexible, Low-Stress Addiction Care
Recovery is hard work. Let us shoulder some of the burden by helping you find the right program and ensuring you get the best care available.
Our Hollywood, Florida, location has 20 beds dedicated to medical detox. For many, this is critical first step on the path to sobriety and helps a person prepare to enter more intensive rehab.
Our PHP is a full-time day treatment program that offers a “step-up” from intensive outpatient or “step-down” from inpatient or residential rehab. PHP may be a good fit for someone in the early to middle stage of recovery.
Inpatient or residential rehab offers around-the-clock care for those who need it most. Patients receive 24/7 support in a safe and sober environment.
Our admissions process is simple and straightforward. To get started today, fill out this or call one of our admissions navigators at .