Sometimes patients feel they need more support and/or structure than what is available in their once or twice weekly individual therapy sessions. At other times, they are feeling stuck in their therapy and are in need of a different approach to help them get unstuck.
Patients, along with their therapists, may consider hospitalization to regain a sense of stability, forward momentum, and hope. Unfortunately, they often realize 1) acute hospitalization does not provide well-rounded, in-depth treatment and 2) longer-term hospitalization tends to be extremely costly and time-consuming, requiring significant time away from work, school, and family responsibilities.
This is where IOPs come in. IOPs are a middle ground between individual therapy and hospitalization. They provide patients an intensive, shorter-term, and cost-effective treatment option that allows them to continue meeting their responsibilities (as much as possible) in their communities while participating in intensive treatment. IOPs generally run 3 days per week and provide 3 hours of group and individual therapy per day.
IOP level of care can serve as a catalyst for change when change is desperately needed