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OP vs IOP: Which One is Right For You?

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OP and IOP

Everyone who struggles with addiction has their own unique experiences and needs when it comes to treatment. When you begin searching for the right addiction treatment program in the Boston area, you may come across numerous different treatment options, some of which include outpatient (OP) and intensive outpatient (IOP). You may find yourself confused about the differences between OP and IOP only to be left wondering which level of care is right for you.

Many people think of rehab as a type of program where patients must live at the treatment facility or in supportive housing. While this is true for inpatient or residential programs, not everyone is able to dedicate so much time, money, and energy to such an intensive and restrictive program. Fortunately, addiction treatment centers near Boston offer OP and IOP services on a flexible and affordable basis.

What is Outpatient Programming (OP)?

Outpatient programs (OPs) are the most flexible form of addiction treatment. It allows individuals to benefit from treatment services while still being able to participate in their daily responsibilities like work, school, or family.

This level of care is ideal for people who are unable to take the time off from work or school but feel a need to engage in treatment to prevent addictive behaviors and substance use. It is also ideal for people who have completed an inpatient program and live in a supportive and stable home environment.

What to Expect During OP

Outpatient rehab programs in the Boston area usually last 60-90 days. OP runs about three days a week with sessions lasting 1-2 hours each. During this time, you will attend group and individual therapy sessions that address addictive behaviors, relapse prevention, and healthy coping skills.

Unlike inpatient rehab, you are not required to live at the treatment facility. Instead, you can stay in a sober living home or live in the comfort of your own home. The only requirements for OP are to stay sober and attend your scheduled sessions.

One of the primary advantages of OP is the flexible schedules offered. Whether you need morning, afternoon, or evening treatment, your treatment can be tailored to fit your schedule and meet your individual needs.

What is Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP)?

In terms of levels of care, IOP is a step-up from OP. It is more intensive and time-consuming as patients attend upwards of 15-20 hours of therapy each week. While IOP is still flexible enough to allow individuals to have a job or care for their families, individuals may find it much harder to do so.

This level of care is designed for people who are leaving inpatient or PHP, but still need a significant amount of support. It is ideal for those who no longer require around-the-clock supervision or medical detox services but are not quite ready to graduate to a standard outpatient program.

What to Expect During IOP

Our IOP near Boston consists of 3.5-hour sessions made up of group therapy and skills development. Therapy helps address the underlying causes and conditions of your addictions while skills groups focus on developing and strengthening your relapse prevention tools.

Types of therapy that may be practiced during IOP include:

  • Relapse prevention therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Psychoeducation
  • Family behavior therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • 12-Step facilitation
  • Rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT)

Generally, IOP is a short-term option for people who need assistance in transitioning from inpatient or PHP to the outpatient level of care.

How Do I Know If OP or IOP is Right For Me?

OP and OP are both very similar in terms of the therapies provided and the goals of the programs. The main difference comes down to the intensity of the programs and the time spent in therapy. Since IOP is more restrictive, you will have a higher level of support and accountability.

To determine which level of care is right for you, consider the following:

  • How severe is your addiction?
  • Have you already completed PHP or inpatient?
  • Do you need medical detox services?
  • Is your living situation stable, supportive, and sober?
  • What is your sober support system like?
  • What responsibilities do you have that cannot be put aside for treatment?

By evaluating your lifestyle and individual needs, you can make an informed decision on whether IOP or OP in Massachusetts is right for you.

Ultimately, the best way to decide on a treatment program is by leaving it to the professionals. An admissions counselor can evaluate your needs, verify your insurance, and make a recommendation in regards to which level of outpatient care is right for you.

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The Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment OP and IOP are here to guide individuals through a safe and smooth transition from residential programs and acute care. By moving from one less restrictive level of care to the next, people continue their recovery journey smoothly.

Whether you’ve already completed inpatient or residential treatment in the Boston area and are looking for continuing care or you haven’t begun your recovery journey yet, our team is here to help. Call now to get started.

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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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