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Is There a Difference Between Day Treatment and IOP?

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When you begin the search for the right drug rehab program, you may feel overwhelmed and confused about the different types of programs that are offered. While inpatient and outpatient are the two most basic levels of care, there are many levels of care that fall somewhere in between. For example, day treatment and IOP are two types of intensive, but non-residential programs that offer drug rehabilitation services. Understanding the difference between day treatment and IOP can help you decide which program is right for you.

What is Day Treatment Like?

Day treatment is sometimes referred to as partial hospitalization or PHP. It is the most intensive level of care offered at Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment. If you enroll in our day program, you will meet with our clinical team for a minimum of 25 hours each week. You will attend treatment Monday-Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. The total duration of the program is based on your individual needs.

Day treatment is similar to a full-time job, but for your addiction. You spend most of the weekdays participating in group and individual therapy sessions that mimic the type of care offered at inpatient rehab programs. The only difference between day rehab and inpatient rehab is that you don’t have to live at the treatment facility–you can return home after therapy is over for the day.

Benefits of Day Treatment/PHP

Day treatment exposes you to similar treatment activities as inpatient programs, but at a lower cost with greater flexibility. A few benefits of this type of program include:

  • Being able to live at home
  • Lower cost than inpatient rehab
  • More comprehensive than a standard outpatient program
  • Can address underlying causes of addiction and mental health conditions

What is IOP Like?

Intensive outpatient programming (IOP) falls in between day treatment and standard outpatient (OP) in terms of intensity. If you choose IOP at Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment, you may attend therapy sessions Monday-Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. If this schedule doesn’t work for you, our nighttime IOP is a great alternative. Treatment includes two sessions each day involving a therapy group and a skills group.

The same types of therapies are offered during IOP as day treatment, however, less time is spent in therapy. IOP is extremely flexible and allows you to balance work, school, and family while still getting the help you need for your addiction.

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Benefits of IOP

IOP is intended to provide patients with a safe and smooth transition from a residential or day treatment program to a less restrictive level of care. It returns a level of freedom and independence to patients to see whether or not they are prepared to embark on the road to recovery. A few benefits of IOP include:

  • Lower cost than day treatment
  • Flexible enough to allow you to work, go to school, or care for your children
  • Focuses on relapse prevention training and skill development
  • Enables you to practice the coping skills you learn in real-life situations

Should You Go to Day Treatment or IOP?

Day treatment and IOP are very similar. The only difference between the two levels of care is the number of hours spent in therapy each week. Day treatment requires a greater time commitment, but patients can still work late afternoon or evening jobs, take care of their children, or manage schoolwork. IOP, on the other hand, is more flexible than day treatment. If you choose IOP, you will have no problem balancing work, school, and family with your recovery.

Figuring out whether you should go to day treatment or IOP is entirely based on your individual needs. Day programs are generally required for people with more severe addictions while IOP is usually offered to people who have already completed a day program or those with mild addictions. The best way to find out which program is right for you is to speak with a certified addiction specialist.

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A Full Continuum of Care at Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment

Here at Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment, our program is uniquely designed to offer you a full continuum of care. Patients can begin with day treatment as the highest level of care and work their way down to IOP and OP when they are ready to do so. The level of care you participate in coincides with your progress, willingness, and motivation in recovery.

Throughout your journey in drug rehab, you can benefit from participating in both day treatment and IOP. The exact program you enroll in isn’t as important as the effort you put into your therapy and personal healing.

To find out whether day treatment or IOP is right for you, or to learn more about our addiction treatment programs in the Boston area, please reach out to us today. A dedicated admissions coordinator is standing by to speak with you.

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Inessa Maloney, MS, LMHC Clinical Director
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Inessa Maloney, MS, LMHC has been dedicated to the mental health and substance abuse field for a decade, providing her expertise to guarantee quality and accuracy.

  • Specializes in outpatient services with a focus on substance abuse
  • Expertise in reality-based therapy, CBT/DBT, and motivational interviewing
  • Holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling
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