The Intensive Outpatient Program meets Monday through Thursday, with group hours provided both during the day and evening hours to support a customized schedule. IOP participants attend 8 hours of group and 1 hour of individual therapy a week. Mental wellness skills and therapeutic experiences continue to support the patient to gain insight into their mental health management efforts as well as life pursuits and the corresponding stresses and coping skills required to be successful
As the person in treatment continues to build upon their mental health recovery capital, mental health management practices derived from formal treatment decreases as they develop greater recovery and life skills. The developmental process of wellness is reflected in the recovery person building upon their social affiliations and community based recovery support. Additionally, the patient demonstrates they have identified and are actively pursuing life meanings in career, education, familial relationships, and personal interest that they find meaningful.
Research indicates that when a patient has achieved a degree of psychiatric stability and wellness in an institutional setting and immediately re-enters life without adequate psychiatric and recovery support, the person often digresses. As a result, decreasing treatment exposure commensurate with increasing life becomes an essential part of treatment across the continuum of care. This is why it is strongly recommended that from a residential treatment experience individuals step down to a day treatment program. This level of care provides the necessary psychiatric support while the recovering person acclimates back into life with its associated challenges.
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