Intensive Outpatient Treatment

vs.

Traditional Outpatient Treatment

Solutions provides Intensive Outpatient Treatment.

Just as the treatment field has yet to settle on a commonly accepted name for itself (e.g., “substance abuse” versus “addiction” versus “substance use disorder” versus “chemical dependence”), there is also considerable confusion regarding what constitutes Intensive Outpatient Treatment and traditional outpatient treatment/therapy. Because use of the terms “intensive outpatient treatment” and “intensive outpatient program” (IOP) varies by region, at Solutions we use the term “IOP” referring to Intensive Outpatient Treatment and “OP” referring to outpatient therapy/counseling.

 

A very important distinction is that Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are licensed as a facility by the state with a license number for the program/facility as well as each individual counselor possess a current and valid state license. In outpatient programs (OP) individual therapist are licensed by the state but the program/facility as a whole is not licensed, therefore it is not considered an IOP. According to ASAM’s Patient Placement Criteria, IOP programs provide 9 or more hours of structured programing per week.