Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive outpatient program (IOP) for addiction, co-occurring disorders, mental health conditions, and trauma using coordinated medical care and support services

Addiction, co-occurring disorders, and mental health conditions are some of the most complex medical problems. Effectively treating them requires an especially comprehensive array of services and an extended period of continuing care and support. Like other chronic medical conditions, behavioral health conditions typically require ongoing management and lifestyle changes that create the conditions for reduced symptoms and lasting recovery. New Paradigm Recovery offers an intensive outpatient program and an outpatient program employing a broad range of techniques and experienced clinicians to treat these conditions thoroughly.

Comprehensive addiction and mental health treatment plans vary based on numerous personal factors. One’s specific medical conditions and history, trauma histories, family system issues, legal problems, professional licensure requirements, and cultural or spiritual considerations inform a coordinated approach and set of services and support that comprise their personalized care plan.

New Paradigm Recovery begins each client case with an in-depth assessment and diagnosis, which may include, with a client’s explicit permission, a review of medical records, communication with other care providers and therapists, lawyers, or other professionals, and identified family members. New Paradigm Recovery clinicians may request labs or other medical tests, including neuropsychological and executive function testing, and use various measurements to ascertain a client’s range of conditions, symptoms, and treatment needs. In addition to providing the basis for a full and complete diagnosis, these assessments identify the assets, liabilities, and resources that need to be considered when planning long-term treatment and services.

Common conditions and co-occurring disorders we treat include:

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Explained

Intensive Outpatient is a level of care designated by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Intensive Outpatient Programs, often called IOPs, are addiction and co-occurring treatment programs providing at least nine hours of weekly treatment services. The number of treatment hours, therapies, and balance of individual and group sessions greatly depend on client needs and program capabilities.

The intensive outpatient level of care is often preferred by clients because of its relative convenience and flexibility. Unlike residential levels of care, IOPs allow clients to receive a high level of specialized treatment while continuing to work, care for children and family members, attend school, and manage other life obligations. While IOPs may be advantageous, the level of care clients need should be determined with the help of a qualified clinician. A number of factors, including high-acuity needs, previous failed treatment episodes, home environment issues, and other considerations, may indicate that a higher level of care is required before clients are ready to engage in intensive outpatient programming.

Providing comprehensive care often means adding parallel services to a client’s IOP treatment plan.

The identification of unaddressed medical conditions may require specialized treatment that removes barriers to accessing and maintaining recovery — in some cases, it may also be a life-saving intervention. Some specialized needs for which we refer clients to partners include eating disorders, neurological conditions, learning or thought disorders, acute liver disease associated with long-term alcohol use, psychosis, suicidal ideation or attempts, pain-causing physiological issues, and more.

New Paradigm Recovery also maintains relationships with high-quality wellness services, therapists, physicians, and other specialists throughout the Washington DC area and elsewhere to provide effective resource referrals to its clients.

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