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What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

Victory Bay

You might have heard the term Intensive Outpatient Program, or IOP, thrown around. But what does it actually mean? If you are looking for an outpatient program that provides flexibility, relapse prevention, and community, an IOP might be a good fit for you.

An IOP is a treatment program designed to treat addiction, depression, and eating disorders. While inpatient programs will have you in a facility around-the-clock, outpatient programs provide you with the flexibility you need so you can still maintain a life outside of the treatment facility walls. You will be able to still live at home and attend school, work, and take care of any other responsibilities while still getting access to the care you need to overcome drug and/or alcohol addiction.

Who is best suited for IOPs?

Say you were living in an inpatient/residential treatment facility and are looking to continue receiving treatment while also integrating back into the real world. Or maybe you need treatment but can’t afford to leave your daily responsibilities behind. If you have a safe living environment, and an encouraging support system of family and friends that you can depend on, an intensive outpatient program can be a good treatment option.

Are there different types of IOPs?

There are plenty of different intensive outpatient programs out there, but at Victory Bay Recovery Center, there are two IOPs that we offer: IOP-5 and IOP-3. Group therapy and individual therapy are critical parts of intensive care programs, as they are ways to continuously learn and practice different recovery skills and coping mechanisms, and they will be included in each type of IOP.


If you’re looking for more structure to your outpatient program, IOP-5 is a five-day-a-week program. Throughout the five days of treatment each week, we will have you focus on basic skill development and individual needs related to your new sober life, as well as the foundational principles of recovery. During IOP-5, you will receive the attention and support that is crucial in the early stages of recovery.

What to expect in IOP-5:

  • Five half-day group therapy sessions
  • Day and evening schedules available
  • One individual therapy session a week
  • Program lasts 2-3 weeks depending on individual progress and needs

This intensive outpatient program can be completed whether you live at home or in a sober living home.


If you have made progress in your recovery and don’t need as much supervision throughout the week as you integrate into a sober lifestyle, IOP-3 can work for you. You will receive the same level of care and attention, and learn the same principles and coping mechanisms as any other IOP. However, you will only attend three days a week rather than five, for example.

What to expect in IOP-3:

  • A minimum of nine hours of therapy per week for approximately 12 weeks
  • Three half-day group therapy sessions
  • One individual therapy session a week

People in IOP-3 are usually stepping down from our IOP-5 program or have already completed a partial care program at another treatment facility.

Victory Bay Recovery Center IOPs

At Victory Bay, we provide top-tier outpatient treatment programs for people looking to continue their recovery. Located in Southern New Jersey, our state-of-the-art treatment facilities provide you with access to experienced healthcare professionals and quality care. Learn more about our IOPs and other treatment options by calling 855.259.1624.

Recovery with Victory Bay

At Victory Bay we’re here to help you achieve a new life with a new start in recovery. To learn more about the variety of treatment programs we offer, including mental health, eating disorders, and substance use, contact us today by calling 855.239.5099.