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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

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Life can feel unbearable at times. Often, challenges like addiction may result from this. Thankfully, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) are a comprehensive source of guidance in addiction recovery and mental health care.

Whether it’s addiction or dual diagnosis, an IOP can be invaluable. Treatment typically involves compassionate support and extensive recovery techniques while allowing at-home stays.

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 include more care than traditional outpatient therapy. Because of this, IOPs are typically better for individuals who have successfully undergone inpatient care or have less severe cases. A standout here is that this program allows individuals to maintain their daily routines and responsibilities.

Understanding IOP's Components

IOPs typically involve a set schedule of therapy sessions, educational workshops, and supportive activities. These help individuals develop coping mechanisms, improve health, and aid long-term recovery. Usually in-person, IOPs adopt a classroom setting that promotes a strong sense of trust between client and therapist. Individuals travel to a center for therapy sessions and group activities. 

These can vary depending on the level of care. For instance, day treatments will have set daytime sessions for those with nighttime family commitments. IOPs provide social interaction and allow therapists to leverage nonverbal cues. This means those in an IOP program can enjoy time at home and the freedom to continue their daily responsibilities while receiving intensive professional support.

Why Choose Breathe Life Healing Centers for IOP?

Breathe Life Healing Centers offers a detailed IOP to help those struggling with addiction. We also provide care for anyone battling 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.

Based in Los Angeles, California, our IOP addresses numerous conditions and concerns. This ranges from complex trauma to substance abuse and eating disorders. To help ensure an effective recovery, we put our best foot forward with top-notch care and attentiveness to each individual.

Experienced Team of Therapists

Our team of highly trained and dedicated therapists runs a comprehensive 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 in our IOP program for mental health and addiction, we aim to help:

Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches

We incorporate proven treatment approaches, ensuring the best techniques are utilized in our care options. To ensure effective, high-quality care, our IOP program requires us to stay updated on new scientifically backed treatments.

Some examples include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). These help assess underlying negative thought patterns and work toward healthier coping mechanisms. We also use clinical approaches like internal family systems (IFS), sensorimotor psychotherapy, and family class. These techniques help address the root of trauma and rebuild relationships affected by addiction and psychological struggles.

Our 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. As advocates for equality and inclusion, we offer LGBTQI-tailored treatment. This ensures individuals receive the most relevant care and fosters a dignified and accepting environment for recovery. 

To add to the level of personalization, we have optimized treatment services available based on areas of concern. We treat a vast array of conditions and addictions:

Substance Addiction:

  • Meth
  • Alcohol
  • Opioids
  • Opiates
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Flakka
  • Heroin
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Ecstasy

Eating Disorders:

  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Orthorexia
  • Laxative Abuse


At Breathe, co-occurring mental health conditions, dual diagnosis, and trauma are also major areas we focus on when tailoring care plans. We introduce various approaches to address the causes and unique circumstances of each individual’s experience. This can involve trauma-intensive outpatient programs and nutritional counseling.

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 boost motivation and accountability for each individual’s well-being. 

At Breathe, we also prioritize skills to help navigate recovery in everyday life. With Individual Case Management, individuals are guided through goal-setting, self-esteem building, personal development, and accountability. This ensures well-rounded growth that fosters continued sobriety.

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

In addition, we offer services like BreakFree Journey, which acts as a moving meditation. Combining fresh air, deep soul-searching, and introspective daily journaling, we aim to help individuals identify how to keep improving during their recovery journey.

IOP Program Structure

As a starting point, we focus on ample, consistent care to help build healthy practices into an individual’s routine. Because addiction can affect various areas of your life, plan structures can differ. Here are some common practices we use:

Our treatment can last for various periods, depending on needs and progress. Through careful monitoring, we will adjust treatments and duration. As a guideline, the program may require around three hours, five days a week to start. 

Based on progress, we can even help individuals transition a step down to our Outpatient Program, which requires fewer hours in treatment sessions. The main focus is providing the support and tools needed for a sustainable recovery. Recovery is ongoing, so try to be kind to yourself no matter the duration.

As the 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
  • Engaging in Family Therapy Programs with you and your loved ones
  • Helping you transition to regular outpatient care

Getting Started With 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 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 healing leap to help you discover if you feel ready to take on treatment.

To start this therapeutic assessment, you’ll talk with one of our experienced clinicians. This patient intake procedure will reveal information about the addiction or mental health history, current struggles, personal background, and treatment goals. We also work with insurance providers to get a full rundown of costs, copayments, and more.

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

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 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 recover parts lost due to addiction, like enjoying hobbies or maintaining stable relationships. To transform and live a more adaptive life, contact us today and explore our therapeutic recovery services. 


At Breathe, treatment is tailored. Therefore, our IOP program doesn’t have a set-in-stone duration. We shift the length of the program on an individual basis after assessing progress. Typically, our IOP can start with a few hours a day of treatment for five days a week.

The Intensive Outpatient Program at Breathe has a broad range of therapies. This includes group therapy, experiential approaches, evidence-based treatments like CBT, and wellness practices like role-playing. The goal is to implement therapies most suitable to each individual’s needs.

We believe ongoing support is vital to long-term sobriety. Because of this, we connect individuals with our BreatheOUT alumni group to foster encouragement with others in recovery. We also equip individuals with relapse prevention techniques and less frequent therapy sessions.