What is the Purpose of Intensive Outpatient Treatment?

For those attempting sobriety for the first time, you may be wondering why you would need any additional therapy once you graduate from your residential treatment program. You have successfully detoxed from your substance of choice, and have addressed your underlying mental and emotional issues which led you to substance abuse in the first place. You have plans to dive into recovery by actively participating in your local 12-step meetings, and have established a plan for housing after residential treatment. What purpose would intensive outpatient treatment serve for you?

First and foremost, you can never have too much firepower on your side in your battle for long term sobriety. Intensive outpatient treatment puts several useful tools in your “recovery tool kit” which often come in handy early in your sobriety. The lessons you’ve learned during your time in our residential treatment program will be refined and expanded upon in IOP. The group meetings are also an opportunity for you to share your experience practicing those new coping skills you’ve learned, and to receive feedback from the group as to ways in which to improve those skills. Your contribution to your peers is as valuable to the recovery community as their feedback is to your own recovery.

In addition to the contributions this group of like-minded individuals can add to your recovery, the accountability of an intensive outpatient program is an exceptional safety net against relapse for you early in your sobriety. This is a fragile time as you are still new to a life of abstinence from substances and are developing alternative healthy coping skills for stress and other negative emotions you are now experiencing. As confident as you may feel in your sobriety, the slightest destabilizing force could topple your recovery in this early stage. Regular drug screenings are part of the intensive outpatient program here at Evolutions, both to discourage relapse and to enable early identification of those who have relapsed so appropriate care can be administered to get you back on the right track.

It is a great accomplishment to successfully complete an inpatient treatment program, and that feeling of success should not be discounted. However, it is dangerous to feel overconfident in your newfound sobriety to the point where you skip over the next step in the process. The purpose of IOP is to provide a safety net against relapse while reinforcing the lessons learned during your time in residential treatment. It is a safe environment in which to practice, discuss, and receive feedback regarding your new coping skills, and a space in which to cultivate those relationships formed during inpatient treatment. If you have recently completed inpatient substance abuse treatment and have not enrolled in an intensive outpatient program, call our Admissions Counselors at 833-818-3031 and give yourself the best opportunity to achieve long term sobriety.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visitwww.evolutionstreatment.com