Intensive Outpatient Program

Understanding An Intensive Outpatient Program

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a combination of counseling and psychoeducation designed to help clients develop a pathway to long-term recovery. At Kagey Family Counseling, our IOPs, facilitated by highly experienced, licensed and compassionate substance abuse professionals, occur over a 6-8 week period, with clients meeting three times a week for 2.5-hour group sessions, as well as individual sessions throughout your stay. Families are also invited to attend one group session a week  to learn about and discuss how substance abuse issues affect families, codependency and how they can best support themselves and their loved one through the recovery process. 

IOPs are often used to help people transitioning out of a residential rehab to maintain a high level of support while returning to work and family responsibilities. However, this program can also be highly useful and impactful for people not needing inpatient care, but want an intense, short-term program designed to help them better understand their use, abuse or addiction, connect with others facing similar challenges and learn valuable tools and methods of coping with stress that are healthy, meaningful and positive. We often explain an IOP as similar to taking a summer course in college. Rather than spend an entire semester in a class learning new material, this intensive, short-term program gives clients a high level of support and education in 6-8 weeks. 

Is An Intensive Outpatient Program Right For You Or A Loved One?  

Are you struggling with your drug or alcohol use? Has it become clear to yourself or to those who care about you that your use has turned into abuse or addiction? You may have tried to manage the problem on your own, perhaps already through substance abuse counseling or a program such as Alcoholics Anonymous, but still struggle to get a sustainable handle on your drinking or drug use. Maybe you’ve tried to cut down, or stop all together, but you keep returning to engrained patterns of use and things continue to get worse. It might be that you’re finally at a point in which you know that you need a more intense form of help, guidance and support. 

Or perhaps you’ve been through an inpatient rehab and/or a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and are looking for an intensive outpatient program that supports your recovery. 

If you’re actively seeking an intensive outpatient program that is based in positive recovery, our skilled substance abuse counselors can help. 


You Are Not Alone 

Addiction can feel incredibly isolating, and although you may feel very alone right now, you are not. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) 2017 Annual National Report, almost 20 million Americans have battled a substance abuse disorder—and those are just the people that we know about. Alcohol and drug use are pervasive in our society and, left unchecked, can continually worsen over time. Also, with stay-at-home order and the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the pandemic, many people turned to alcohol and drugs as a means to try to cope. Many of those people, perhaps like yourself, who once thought they had a handle on their use have suddenly found themselves using more and more and are seeking help. 


The Benefits Of An IOP

  • Learn what your particular triggers are and effective ways to navigate them 
  • Develop strategies to cope with stress, cravings, triggers and high-risk situations
  • Establish a strong support system
  • Address trauma and any other issues related to your social, relational, mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Learn how to apply your strengths with meaning and purpose
  • Develop increased resiliency and tools for healing and personal development 
  • Promote family healing and positive growth 
  • Develop your own personal path to healing 
  • Create a lifestyle that is robust and rewarding


Positive Recovery At Kagey Family Counseling 

We understand that recovery is part of a full lifestyle, which includes sobriety, but so much more. Positive recovery’s unique and effective approach helps you focus on your strengths and what has meaning for you as you develop a healthy and happy life that feels engaged and impactful. We draw from the PERMA model (P: positivity; E: engagement; R: relationships; M: meaning; A: achievement) to help you transform harmful behaviors into ones that bring you joy and that you can be proud of. 

We provide a safe, confidential environment that is highly supportive and respectful of your individuality and specific needs. Rather than shaming or blaming, our approach and staff focus on the positive aspects of your life and recovery. We help you identify and build on your strengths, of which you have many, as you discover and embark upon a path to healing and mindful recovery that works for you. 

We sincerely understand that entering into an intensive program can feel daunting, however, in a very short period of time you can experience profound transformation. Through support, tools, resources, education and community, our intensive outpatient program offers you the opportunity to get to the heart of the issues quickly, developing effective and thoughtful ways to self-support as your work within a highly supportive community. 

After your IOP is completed, Kagey Family Counseling is here to continue to help you and your family in any way possible, including an aftercare group, should you choose to participate. We also offer many other forms of support, such as alcohol counseling, drug counseling and recovering coaching. 


Healing Starts Here 

There are many paths to healing, and an intensive outpatient program is one of them. We are here to mindfully help and support you through the process of determining what kind of care is right for you and your family. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you might have. We truly are here to help you self-explore, affect positive change and live a vibrant life free from the hold of drugs and alcohol. 

Please note that due to COVID-19 and our desire to maintain the safety of our clients and staff, all IOP sessions and our other substance abuse and family counseling sessions will be done online through a secure, confidential telehealth system. 

Find Your Freedom

If you and your family are suffering from the impact of addiction?  We can help. Addiction is a family disease, and everyone needs support and a safe space to heal.  We will guide you by creating an addiction recovery strategy that’s personalized for you and your family.  There is freedom from the pain and shame. Take a powerful first step – ask for help – and start your healing journey with us today.

We invite you to call our office at 346-355-0395 for a free 15-minute phone consultation. We are happy to discuss your specific needs and answer any questions you have.

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