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Intensive Outpatient Program in Georgia


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Serenity Grove’s intensive outpatient programs in Georgia are offered for individuals who do not require the intensive and highly structured treatment found with our residential program and PHP (partial hospitalization program). It is also offered as a step-down level of care for our clients who have completed residential treatment or our PHP.

What Is An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

An intensive outpatient program offers the most flexibility between residential, PHP, and IOP treatment options. It allows individuals to attend treatment sessions on a schedule that best suits their needs based on their responsibilities, such as work, school, and family. People attend sessions during the day or evening at our treatment facility. 

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How Do I Know I’m A Good Fit for IOP Programs in Georgia?

Deciding if our IOP programs in Georgia are a good fit for you depends on several different factors and considerations. For starters, if you have a mild or moderate addiction and do not require round-the-clock supervision or the highly intensive and structure of our PHP, then IOP might be a good choice.

Additionally, IOPs are ideal for people who have a stable and supportive home environment outside of treatment. You should also be able to manage your cravings and triggers effectively outside of treatment to prevent relapse. If you are unable to do this, then IOP may not be the best choice for you initially. 

Our Georgia IOP Schedule

The schedule for our Georgia IOP will depend on whether you are attending during the daytime or in the evening. Treatment sessions take place Monday through Friday for daytime sessions and Monday through Thursday for evening sessions. Individuals attend treatment sessions multiple times weekly, usually between three and five days, based on their specific needs. 

Our hours are flexible enough to allow people to attend addiction or mental health treatment while still being able to attend school, work, and manage personal responsibilities. Our daytime sessions are normally held from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Our evening sessions are from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Our clients even have the flexibility to attend some sessions during the day and others in the evening.

Benefits of IOP Programs in Georgia

There are several benefits of our IOP programs in Georgia for individuals seeking treatment for addiction and mental health disorders, including:

  • IOPs are very flexible, making it much easier to work, attend school, or take care of personal and family responsibilities. 
  • Our counselors and therapists are available for individual sessions on your treatment days when you need one-on-one attention to work through negative emotions and other issues you are not comfortable discussing in a group setting. 
  • Our group sessions allow you to learn from others through shared experiences, build peer support, and practice coping techniques, socialization, and communication skills. 
  • We provide access to a variety of holistic therapies where you can explore new interests, lower stress and anxiety levels, and maintain the balance between your mind, body, and soul.

Therapies Available During IOP

Your personalized IOP program in Georgia at Serenity Grove includes various forms of therapies based on your care plan and could include the following:

  • Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions where you can dive deeper into underlying causes of addiction and mental health issues and discuss any issues or concerns you may be struggling with. 
  • Group therapy: Group therapy is the core component of our IOPs. We offer different types of group therapy, such as psychoeducation groups, traditional group therapy, group CBT, group DBT, and open sharing and discussion.
  • Family therapy: We recognize including family as part of your personalized treatment plan can be beneficial for everyone. Your family gets to learn how to support your recovery, while together, everyone can work on rebuilding damaged relationships, develop effective communications, and set healthy boundaries.
  • Psychiatry: Our goal is to help our clients get to the root causes of their addiction or mental health disorders. Psychiatry sessions may be held one-on-one or in group settings. Our psychiatrists also provide medication management when you are prescribed medications as part of your treatment plan. 
  • MAT: Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can be beneficial to help manage carvings, reduce relapse, and manage mental health symptoms. 
  • Holistic therapies: Our holistic therapies include yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and life skills training to help improve healing and overall physical and mental well-being, essentially for long-term recovery.

Is an Intensive Outpatient Program Effective?

An intensive outpatient program can be an effective form of alcohol use disorder, substance use disorder, and mental health disorder treatment. It can also be appropriate in certain situations for treating dual-diagnosis and co-occurring disorders. 

Generally, our IOP programs in Georgia are for individuals who have completed our residential or PHP treatment and need step-down care. Our IOP helps these people successfully transition from a higher level of care back into their daily routines and responsibilities.

Our IOPs are also well suited for people who require more intensive therapeutic modalities than they would receive with traditional outpatient treatment and counseling services. Additionally, these individuals have a solid support system at home and can effectively manage their condition outside of treatment. 

An IOP is not effective for those with severe addiction, who need 24/7 monitoring, who require highly structured and intensive full-day treatment, and those who could potentially harm themselves or others.

Start IOP Programs in Georgia Today

Serenity Grove provides numerous addiction and mental health treatment programs to suit your specific needs. Our IOP programs in Georgia may be well-suited to help you maintain your recovery and manage your mental health condition. Our caring and supportive team offers individualized and comprehensive IOP care and treatment plans to help you achieve your recovery goals. Contact us today to learn more about our IOPs and to see if they are right for you.