Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

At Executive Recovery Center, we specialize in substance abuse treatment using DBT. We understand that breaking the devastating cycle of addiction is far more complicated than most people realize. In our experience, sheer willpower just doesn’t to get the job done.


What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

IOP is a day program where clients are free to leave and go home at the end of every daily session. In other words, this is NOT a 24/7 program that requires you to sleep and live on-site. The IOP Program lasts anywhere from 28-90 days for several hours every day.

Intensive Outpatient Programs are a part-time treatment option for individuals struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.  Their part-time nature differentiates them from inpatient or partial hospitalization program alternatives.

IOP is beneficial for individuals who have full schedules and are unable to commit to a full-time rehabilitation program. IOP provides consistent support throughout the week to help those with substance abuse learn to overcome their addictions so they can live happy, healthy, sober lives. The number of sessions per week and length of treatment are determined on a case-by-case basis and dependent upon the severity of the client’s addiction.

When should IOP be used?

IOP is most often used as a step down from Residential of PHP treatment, extending the client’s treatment. As there is not constant supervision the way there is during inpatient rehab, outpatient is helpful when the individual already has some coping skills to keep themselves sober while outside of the treatment program. However, IOP will allow you the opportunity to further develop these defense mechanisms to ensure a solid foundation for long-term recovery.

We have designed our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to accommodate those who have personal and professional responsibilities that will not allow the full commitment of time required by inpatient treatment.

What types of treatment are offered in Executive Recovery Center’s IOP?

IOP offers classes, individual counseling, and peer groups on a daily basis to educate, engage, and equip the recovering person. We believe may be accomplished by allowing the recovering person to make treatment a priority while balancing other important aspects of daily living. Some believe, IOP is a good choice for working professionals, parents, and college students because it causes less disruption to a person’s daily routine.

Executive Recovery Center offers two levels of Intensive Outpatient Programs, IOP 6, followed by IOP 3.

The curriculum in IOP 3 is more advanced than that of IOP 6, allowing clients to learn more about themselves and their sobriety as they progress through treatment. Lessons in the first program are expanded in the second to provide a well-rounded and comprehensive approach to addiction recovery. Programs and topics covered include:


Sober Skills Development

Co-occurring Issues

Identifying and Addressing Triggers

Interpersonal Process Groups

Developing Grounding Techniques

Healthy Lifestyle Alternatives

Communication Skills

Cognitive Distortions

Self-esteem and Self-worth Development


Family Role

Cycles of Change


Process of Addiction and Recovery

Denial and Defense Mechanisms

Emotional Management

Legal Issues Surrounding Drug Misuse

Stages of Dependency

High Risk Situations for Relapse

Personal Responsibility

Cognitive Skill Building

Alternatives to Drinking and Drug Use

Psychological and Sociological Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Use

Self-esteem Development

Why Choose IOP?

There are a number of reasons why our clients choose to participate in Executive Recovery Center’s Intensive Outpatient program:

  • IOP is a natural extension of inpatient treatment.
    IOP is a day-program, which leaves a good portion of the day for clients to work, attend school, meet family commitments, and take care of other important responsibilities outside of the rooms of recovery. As opposed to inpatient rehabilitation, IOP only requires a minimal time commitment.
  • IOP requires accountability.
    Addiction requires secrecy. Recovery demands accountability. IOP makes you accountable. It requires you to actively participate in your treatment, which reduces the time and opportunity typically available for you to indulge your addiction. You will spend a significant portion of your day involved in recovery-oriented activities, which arrests the cycle of addiction and makes you accountable.
  • IOP builds positive new relationships.
    By attending the groups and classes offered during Executive Recovery’s IOP program, you will meet people like you who are seeking recovery. Where addiction once isolated you, IOP will connect you with people who can relate to your present circumstance and support your sobriety.
  • IOP offers hope and healing.
    By actively engaging our Intensive Outpatient Program, you almost immediately feel empowered to regain control of your life. As you take that first big step toward healing, your mountain of problems begins to seem less overwhelming. Day by day, life becomes manageable again.

Do You Need IOP?

Making the decision to extend your treatment for addiction to drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication isn’t an easy decision. The longer you rehab, the further you move from addictive behavior and the more perspective you have.

It’s just that simple.