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Intensive Outpatient Program

About Our Intensive Outpatient Program 

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Woodridge Hospital treats patients experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of distress or impaired function due to a psychiatric illness and/or substance abuse issues. The program includes group therapy, medication management and may include individual or group therapy as needed. 

IOP is an intensive level of care, offering group therapy three times a week for three hours each day. There are two different groups offered. The morning group is a psychiatric intensive group that is geared toward patients with a primary mental health diagnosis. The evening group is a dual diagnosis group that is geared towards patients facing challenges with alcohol or drug dependence and/or with mental health illness. Both groups are led by a trained therapist. Group focus may include: 

  • Challenging thought distortions 
  • Coping skills 
  • Identifying triggers 
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Relapse prevention 
  • Self-awareness 
  • Substance abuse 
  • Other topics based on the needs of those in the group 

How Long is the Program? 

The duration of the program is based on the individual needs of the patient and progress toward treatment goals. However, the average length of stay in the IOP Program is six to eight weeks or around 18 sessions total. 

Follow-Up Care 

Following the IOP program, the patient will be referred to outpatient behavioral health providers for ongoing treatment. Patients in active treatment with an outpatient provider may continue treatment, and efforts will be made to coordinate care. Also, with assistance of aftercare appointments, patients will be able to transition from intensive therapy to outpatient treatment with a focus on symptom management, medication compliance and relapse prevention. 


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