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Intensive Outpatient Program

About the Intensive Outpatient Program at Woodridge

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.

Group therapy

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, both led by a trained therapist.

The morning group is a psychiatric intensive group geared toward patients with a primary mental health diagnosis.

The evening group is a dual diagnosis group geared towards patients facing challenges with alcohol or drug dependence and/or mental health illness.

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 the group

How long is the program?

The length of the program is based on the needs of each patient and progress toward treatment goals.

However, the average length of stay in the IOP Program is 6 to 8 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 the 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.

Want to learn more about IOP?

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