Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) consists of 3-hour group sessions during either the day or evening for 3 to 4 weeks, and it is designed for those who need to achieve abstinence through a structured daily treatment program. Day IOP (DIOP) meets five days per week (Monday through Friday) and Evening IOP (EIOP) meets four days per week (Monday through Thursday).
Available at the following locations:
- Lincoln Park - 847-493-3500
- Downers Grove - 847-493-3600
- Downtown Chicago - 847-493-3700
- Lake Bluff - 847-493-3575
- Palos Heights - 847-493-3650
About the Program
All treatment is abstinence-based and 12-step oriented under the direction of a board-certified psychiatrist in an outpatient setting. The structured programs use peer group interaction, as well as didactic instruction and support as key elements in the treatment process.
- Interactive group psychotherapy
- Individual therapy and case management
- Program assignments and worksheets
- Psychiatric Assessment as needed
- Medical/psychiatric monitoring and medication management as needed
- Community meetings
- Transitional treatment in preparation for return to home and work life
- Didactic group workshops
- Family Program
The length and level of care varies according to the patient, but most begin with 5 sessions of the Partial Hospitalization Program followed by 3 to 4 weeks in day or evening IOP. The frequency of sessions is tapered down toward the end of treatment as a transition to Continuing Care, which focuses on maintaining sobriety and a successful transition back to home and work life.
The Intensive Outpatient Program consists of a shorter treatment day than the Partial Hospitalization Program and runs for an average of 3-4 weeks. The program runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., or Monday through Thursday 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
After completing the program, patients will be a part of the Continuing Care Group.
What to Expect
Program participants will discover that being in the treatment program is an unparalleled opportunity to create new and positive relationships with others in like circumstances. A willingness to listen to others, to share one's own experiences, and learn about the disease of chemical dependency is the primary requirement for the program to be successful.
What is Treatment Like?
The primary approach in both phases of treatment is small group therapy. Therapeutic treatments educational sessions, specialty groups, individual assignments and a patient workbook on positive sobriety are included in the schedule. Physician and counselor 1:1 sessions are individually scheduled during the week.
The First Few Days
The first few days can often be challenging for most participants as they are encounter new ways of thinking and coping. Discussing feelings and sharing openly with others is usually foreign and hard at first. Resistance to change is normal and is usually encountered in those first few days as participants are asked to adopt new daily habits, rituals and are assisted in establishing realistic, appropriate and attainable goals.
Like preparing for a marathon, until the body adjusts to the rigors of a strict running and workout regimen, it can be painful and frustrating. However, as participants progress through the program and begin to see personal progress, they often embrace and enjoy the support of a group and the accountability that goal setting provides. And, like marathon or race training, what was at first difficult, soon becomes a normal and even welcome part of daily life.
Most insurance plans provide coverage for outpatient substance abuse treatment. Please call the program location for more information on treatment costs and your insurance benefits.
Self-pay plans are individualized and can be tailored to the individual's ability to pay for treatment.