Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Las Vegas

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About Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Program for Addiction in Las Vegas, NV

Unlike our inpatient rehab program in Las Vegas, which requires patients to live at the rehab facility, patients participating in an IOP live at home and attend treatment for a minimum of 6 hours per week spread out over several days.1 At Desert Hope Treatment Center, patients in the intensive outpatient program typically attend at least 3 days per week of treatment for 3 hours or more per day. 

What is Intensive Outpatient Addiction Rehab?

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Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are therapeutic programs designed to treat substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. IOP programs aim to:1

  • Identify and address psychosocial problems.
  • Develop a strong support network.
  • Assist patients in achieving abstinence.
  • Encourage participation in community-based support networks.
  • Foster coping strategies and problem-solving skills.

Intensive outpatient programs for addiction treatment can fit into various stages of a patient’s recovery journey including:1 

  • An entry point into addiction treatment – A patient is placed in IOP after an intake assessment. The patient works with medical professionals to develop a treatment plan and they begin their treatment in the IOP. 
  • A step-down level of treatment – A patient transitions to IOP treatment from a more intense program, such as inpatient rehab or a partial hospitalization program (PHP). The patient needs a less-intense level of care after being stabilized in an inpatient/residential treatment program, detox program, or hospital facility to continue the momentum of healing. 
  • A step-up level of treatment – A patient transitions to an IOP program from a less-intense program, such as standard outpatient treatment, if the less-intense program is not meeting the treatment needs of the patient.

Addiction treatment is designed around a continuum of care, where patients can transfer to the different types of addiction treatment as their needs change. By structuring treatment in this way, each patient’s needs can be met as they develop. 

What’s the Difference Between IOP, PHP, and Standard Outpatient Treatment for Addiction?

IOPs, partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), and standard outpatient treatment programs are forms of oupatient care that range from very intensive to much less so. In each form, patients attend treatment services during the day and continue to live at home. The main difference between the various forms of outpatient treatment is the frequency and duration of treatment sessions:1,2

  • PHPs typically meet 5 days a week, for a minimum of 20 hours.
  • IOPs meet 3 times per week for a weekly total of between 6 and 30 hours.
  • Depending on patient’s needs, a standard outpatient program may meet only 1-2 days a week.

Our outpatient addiction treatment facility in Las Vegas offers PHP and IOP programs.

It is common for patients to move through several levels of addiction treatment.1 For example, some patients may start with medical detox for drugs and alcohol in an inpatient setting before the PHP. They may then move on to a lower level of outpatient care before completing formal treatment.

Outpatient programs in any form may be included in many treatment plans, including those that may involve inpatient care. For example, some patients may benefit from short-term inpaitent medical detox programs followed by an IOP, while others may require a month-long rehab program, or a 60-90 day addiction treatment plan involving multiple levels of care. Any combination of treatment programs is possible. At Desert Hope, we help you formulate a care plan designed to meet your individual needs.

Depending on the patient, sober living may be a good option for those participating in an IOP or PHP. At Desert Hope’s Resolutions sober living facility, patients receive transportation to and from the residence to outpatient therapy.

Sober living allows patients the opportunity to remain in a supportive, sober environment but begin transitioning back into everyday life at their own pace. This is highly beneficial, as it gives patients the opportunity to develop a daily routine, incorporate school/work into their lives, and learn how to balance continued care, such as therapy and/or local support group meetings.

Additionally, sober living gives patients the ability to work on their relationships with others and begin developing a strong support network.

What to Expect in the IOP

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Patients can expect a daily schedule full of different behavioral therapies (typically provided in group settings), psychoeducational sessions, and 12-step meetings that vary weekly.

Desert Hope offers multiple treatment interventions, as no single treatment fits all patients.3 At Desert Hope, patients may participate in a variety of therapies and treatments while attending IOP rehab including:4-9 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Patients learn to identify and reevaluate learned unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors. CBT also teaches patients coping skills for difficult situations they might face outside of treatment.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – DBT is a goal-oriented therapy approach that emphasizes fostering both change and acceptance. This therapy helps patients improve their life by changing the painful situations they can control and accepting what they can’t change. 
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) – MI helps patients develop internal motivation to change and increase patient retention in treatment programs and other behavioral therapies.
  • Family Therapy – Includes family members in a therapeutic program that aims to address the family system and addiction. This therapy helps educate family members on how substance use disorder affects the patient as well as the whole family.
  • – Some patients also benefit from medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in combination with other behavioral therapies. MAT can be a helpful tool in preventing overdoses and achieving sustained recovery.

At Desert Hope, our IOP curriculum covers a wide variety of addiction topics aimed at educating patients on the disease of addiction, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and long-term outcomes. Psychoeducational sessions are largely informative, as opposed to therapeutic, inspiring patients to make changes of their own accord.

Group discussion topics may focus on:

  • Identifying triggers.
  • Managing life and money.
  • Common challenges in recovery.
  • Relapse prevention.
  • Motivation for recovery.
  • Self-esteem.
  • Aftercare planning.

As needed, IOP patients also have access to medical and psychiatric providers.

Does Health Insurance Cover IOP for Addiction?

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Yes, many health insurance plans cover some amount of IOP treatment. Due to federal mandates, insurance companies are required to provide addiction treatment services in their coverage.10 However, the extent of coverage depends on each individual plan.

Desert Hope Treatment Center accepts coverage from many major insurers, including:

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Call to speak to a Desert Hope admissions navigator to start addiction treatment or learn more about payment options or the care provided at Desert Hope.

A Full Continuum of Care

The intensive outpatient program is 1 part of Desert Hope's continuum of care, which encompasses various levels of inpatient and outpatient programs designed to help you or your loved one safely get sober and remain in recovery long after treatment ends.
  • Medical Detox

    Medical detox at Desert Hope enables you to safely withdraw from substances under the 24-hour supervision of medical professionals.

  • Residential Treatment

    In the residential treatment program, you'll reap the benefits of 24-hour support during rehab in a safe, comfortable, and structured environment.

  • Outpatient Services

    Visit the facility multiple times a week for treatment in one of Desert Hope's outpatient programs.

  • Admissions

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