Low Intensity Outpatient Program (LIOP)

The Low Intensity Outpatient Program (LIOP) consists of group sessions lasting for 2 hours once or twice a week. LIOP is designed for those whose problems are not yet severe, or for people who aren't sure they need to achieve abstinence. This level is also used for relapse treatment, intervention and prevention.

Available at the following locations:

About the Program

Low Intensity Outpatient Services are designed to explore and address problems or risk factors that appear to be related to alcohol and drug use and to help the individual recognize the harmful consequences of inappropriate alcohol and drug use. This program will address the individual's needs of understanding of, or skills to change his or her current or past alcohol and drug use and may affect personal goals.

Program Components

  • Interactive group discussion
  • Individual counseling and case management
  • Program assignments and worksheets
  • Medical/psychiatric monitoring and medication management as needed
  • Transitional treatment in preparation for return to home and work life
  • Didactic group workshops

Treatment Length

LIOP for relapse treatment is open ended depending on the progress of the participant in achieving treatment goals.

LIOP for early intervention is usually limited to ten sessions.

Treatment Schedule

Patients are in the Low Intensity Outpatient Program (LIOP) for 2 hours a day once or twice a week.

After completing the program, patients may be referred to the Continuing Care Group.

What to Expect

The Low Intensity Outpatient Program is more of a supportive group that is held for 2 hours once or twice a week. As the program is group based, 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?

This treatment is abstinence-based and is under the direction of a board-certified psychiatrist in an outpatient setting. The structured programs use peer group interaction, as well as didactic instruction to help the participants identify their problems with substance use, and make appropriate changes.

Patients can expect to participate in:

  • Interactive group discussion
  • Individual counseling and case management
  • Program assignments and worksheets
  • Medical/psychiatric monitoring and medication management as needed
  • Transitional treatment in preparation for return to home and work life
  • Didactic group workshops

Discussing feelings and sharing openly with others is usually foreign and hard at first. 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.

Financial Expectations

Some insurance plans cover this level of care, but many do not. Self-pay arrangements will be made.

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