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Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Life can feel unbearable at times. Often, challenges like addiction may result from this. Thankfully, virtual intensive outpatient programs (V-IOPs) are a flexible way to get support from your home. 

Whether it’s addiction or dual diagnosis, a virtual IOP can be an invaluable resource to assist with recovery. With virtual IOPs, access to care is even more attainable than ever.

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

IOPs provide a combination of therapeutic activities for several hours per week. While hospital stays aren’t always needed, IOPs are designed to provide more care than traditional outpatient therapy. A standout here is that it allows you to maintain your daily routines and responsibilities.

Understanding the Concept and IOP's Components

IOPs typically involve a set schedule of therapy sessions, educational components, and supportive activities. These help you develop coping mechanisms, improve health, and aid long-term recovery.

Traditional IOPs happen in person, like in a classroom setting. Typically, you travel to a center for therapy sessions and group activities. These can vary depending on the levels of care. For instance, day treatments will have set daytime sessions for those with nighttime family commitments.

Understanding the Concept and IOP's Components

In simple terms, a virtual IOP is an online version of a standard IOP. This means you can benefit from comprehensive addiction or mental health treatment from anywhere with an internet connection.

This virtual format offers several benefits, the main ones being:

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

Breathe Life Healing Centers offers a detailed virtual IOP to help those struggling with addiction. We also provide care for anyone struggling with mental health conditions like anxiety or depression and co-occurring disorders. Even more so, we help with dual diagnosis and the link between addiction and mental health struggles.

While we’re based in Los Angeles, California, our virtual IOP branches our services out. This allows us to help more people in need of support through their recovery, especially if they’re not close to one of our centers.

Our team of highly trained and dedicated therapists runs a resourceful virtual IOP. Because they understand the unique challenges of substance abuse, you can trust your healing is multi-layered and provided in a supportive atmosphere.

With compassionate guidance, we aim to help you:

  • Restore your ability to recognize safety
  • Connect with others more meaningfully
  • Foster connection over protection
  • Lower anxiety through better resilience

We incorporate proven treatment approaches, ensuring the best techniques are incorporated into our care options. At Breathe, we stay updated with new treatments to ensure the quality of care is always fine-tuned and specialized to your needs. 

Some examples include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). These help assess underlying negative thought patterns and work toward healthier coping mechanisms.

Flexibility and Convenience of Virtual Therapy

No need to commute—You can attend therapy sessions from the comfort and privacy of your couch. This lets you have high-quality addiction and mental health treatment while sticking to your routine.

Our Virtual IOP Treatment Approach

At Breathe, we focus on various therapies to target all the areas affected by addiction. We hope to empower you to feel and think differently. This means recovery is inclusive of body, mind, and soul. You can master how to regulate intense emotions, regain confidence, and develop a stronger competence for living.

Our experienced therapists work closely with you to carefully curate a treatment plan that includes therapies most suitable to your needs and goals. This ensures you receive the most effective and relevant care to help with recovery.

At Breathe Life Healing Centers, an integrated approach to addiction recovery and mental well-being is important. Our virtual IOP uses various experiential therapies, such as guided imagery, role playing, using props, and other active exercises. This helps support your overall recovery and promotes long-lasting mental and physical health.

Group sessions help boost a sense of community. With addiction and mental health, this can be vital for better recovery as it helps remove the feelings of isolation that many face. 

These group sessions provide a safe platform to share your challenges and learn from others’ perspectives. Group therapy can also keep you motivated and hold you accountable for your well-being.

Virtual IOP Program Structure

As a starting point, we encourage three hours a day, five days a week for our virtual IOP. This allows ample, consistent care to help build healthy practices into your routine.

Because addiction can affect various areas of your life, plan structure can differ. Here are some common practices we use:

Our treatment can last for various periods, depending on your specific needs and progress. Through careful monitoring, we will adjust treatments and duration. Remember, the main focus is giving you the support and tools you need for a sustainable recovery. Recovery is ongoing, so try not to think of it as a race.

As your virtual IOP with us draws to a close, don’t worry—we’ll guide you through your next steps.

Aftercare may involve:

  • Connecting you with support groups through our BreatheOUT service
  • Implementing less frequent individual therapy sessions
  • Providing relapse prevention resources
  • Leading family workshops with you and your loved ones

Getting Started With Virtual IOP at Breathe Life Healing Centers

We understand that the first step toward recovery is the hardest. Our team at Breathe Life Healing Centers is here to make it feel easier.

If you’re on the fence about starting the process, you can try our self-assessment questionnaires. These are divided by areas of concern, like alcohol abuse. Writing down your answers may be a deeply therapeutic leap to help you discover if you feel ready to take on treatment.

To start, you’ll talk with one of our experienced therapists. This chat will reveal information about your addiction or mental health history, current struggles, personal background, and treatment goals. We also work with your insurance provider to get a full rundown of costs, copayments, and more.

This information helps us develop a tailored plan designed to meet your specific needs. From this consultation, we can easily help you enroll in our virtual IOP or answer any further questions you may have.

You will need access to a stable internet connection and a device with a webcam and microphone, such as a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Our team will provide you with step-by-step instructions to ensure a seamless virtual therapy experience.

Contact Us to Begin Your Journey to Recovery

If you or a loved one needs a helping hand, we encourage you to reach out to our team at Breathe Life Healing Centers. Our virtual IOP offers a community-focused and personalized approach to addiction treatment and psychological health. We offer custom-crafted trauma care integrated into your treatment to ensure the root of your struggles is addressed.

Not only can we help you regain control of your life, but also help you recover parts lost due to addiction, like enjoying hobbies or maintaining stable relationships. To transform and live a more adaptive life, reach out to our team today.


IOPs and partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) have different levels of care and time commitments. IOPs typically involve fewer treatment hours per week. The choice between IOP and PHP depends on your circumstances and what a medical professional advises.

IOPs typically entail several hours per day, multiple days per week. The length of the program depends on your progress and treatment goals.

Outpatient services are similar to IOPs but with a less structured program. IOPs and PHPs offer more in-depth care. Lastly, residential or inpatient programs are the most extensive and involve temporary stays at a medical facility for 24/7 observation and care.

Tools to help with addiction are varied. These include substance abuse hotlines, peer networks, online forums, treatment centers, rehab facilities, private therapists, government organizations, employee assistance programs (EAPs), and more. Always be sure to research solutions to find the ones best suited for you.