Intensive Outpatient Program

Alignnone Size Medium Wp Image 2209If you are struggling with a substance abuse disorder in Bellevue, WA, an intensive outpatient program may be the best way to overcome it.

Not many people think of an IOP when think of drug rehab or alcohol detox, but we are here to change that. Dealing with addiction or alcoholism can be more than difficult sometimes it is downright scary.

Thankfully, you do not have to try to overcome your addiction on your own. Participating in an IOP means that you can get the help you need, today, while continuing to live your normal daily life.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

What is an IOP, and how can it help you overcome addiction or alcoholism? These are the questions we are here to address.

The staff at our treatment facility is committed to providing drug and alcohol recovery in an intensive outpatient program setting. Taking the first steps toward recovery can be overwhelming for many people.

If you need more information about what treatment looks like, how an IOP works, and what services we offer, you have come to the right place. This page is all about the intensive outpatient treatment programs that we offer in Bellevue, WA.

Here you will find insight regarding the following questions:

  • What is an intensive outpatient program?
  • What does substance abuse treatment look like in an IOP?
  • What are the behavioral health services offered in an IOP?
  • Is detox part of an IOP?
  • What does the IOP program look like in Bellevue, WA?
  • Are group meetings a part of an intensive outpatient program?
  • How does an IOP compare to inpatient care or residential rehab?

All of these questions, and more, are addressed here. If you read through this page and still have questions about outpatient care for addiction treatment, do not hesitate to contact us today. We are here to answer any and all questions that you might have, and we”re ready to help you get on your way toward sobriety and recovery.

‘The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.’

~ Chinese Proverb

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program for Addiction Treatment?

Before turning to the benefits and services offered in an intensive outpatient program, the first step is to establish what an IOP actually is. Many people have never heard of an IOP and generally think of residential rehab when addiction treatment comes to mind. If you are in the same boat, read on.

In basic terms, an IOP is a form of rehab that requires participants to attend several hours of on-site treatment, multiple days per week, while continuing to live at home and carrying on with their normal daily lives. IOP is one of the most popular treatment options for drug and alcohol rehab today, primarily because it simultaneously offers the accountability needed for recovery and the freedom necessary to maintain personal and professional responsibilities.

Nearly all of the hallmarks of effective addiction treatment are part of an intensive outpatient program, including:

  • One-on-one counseling sessions
  • Group support and therapy sessions
  • Skill building activities
  • Family-focused therapy sessions
  • A focus on the 12-step recovery philosophy
  • Alcohol or drug detox
  • An emphasis on personal responsibility and rebuilding relationships

In a phrase, IOP offers all of the same benefits as any other form of effective treatment. It is not a “lesser” form of treatment, as it incorporates professional input, medical checkups and drug testing, the community of group support, and the ability for family and loved ones to join you in the recovery process.

The only major difference between traditional rehab and an intensive outpatient treatment program is that participants are not required to reside within our facility. Instead of requiring residency, our staff offers the skills, responsibility, counseling and community necessary to recover for several hours each week.

IOP participants in Bellevue, WA are supported throughout the recovery process, with our goal to:

  • Create opportunities for communication, participation, interaction and feedback
  • Build community within group meets for mutual support
  • Introduce structure, discipline and accountability as participants take kicking their addiction or alcoholism seriously
  • Provide specific training and workshops for creating new skills and coping mechanisms
  • Maintain a focus on individual recovery, with individual counseling sessions available in all intensive outpatient programs in Bellevue, WA

With these goals of the IOP program in Bellevue, WA, you can confidently begin your recovery process. However, a discussion purporting to be “all about IOP” would not be complete without discussing the relative limitations of this treatment approach. While IOP is an effective, flexible and affordable option for recovery addiction or alcoholism, it is not necessarily appropriate for everyone.

The treatment included in an IOP is effective, but it is limited to less than a dozen hours each week. Because of this, overcoming addiction through an IOP is dependent on having a safe and supportive home environment to return to. Furthermore, those who have struggled with addiction or alcoholism for a year or more may have difficulty overcoming the detox stage without medical supervision.

With these limitations in mind, you may want to consider residential rehab and medical detox for recovery if any of the following is true:

  • You have struggled with drug addiction or alcohol dependence for more than a year
  • Your home environment is filled with triggers for substance use and abuse
  • You have undergone addiction or alcoholism treatment before
  • You expect to experience extreme withdrawal symptoms or delirium tremens
  • You have other mental conditions besides substance abuse disorder

The items outlined above do not necessarily mean that an IOP is not the right choice for you. If you are unsure how to proceed with treatment, feel free to contact us today so we can get you on the right path.


IOP & Addiction Counseling Services in Bellevue, WA

One of the key elements of IOP is addiction counseling, as offered at our facility in Bellevue, WA. Substance abuse treatment is not limited to support groups, and does not necessarily end after withdrawal symptoms are overcome. Instead, full recovery often requires clients to directly face the personal, professional and relationship issues that have arisen as a result of their addiction or alcoholism. This is where addiction counseling services come in.

Through individual addiction counseling, our staff help clients work through both the causes and consequences of their substance abuse disorder.

This is not a blame game, nor is it designed to make IOP participants feel guilty about their drug or alcohol abuse. Instead, with individual counseling program participants are encouraged to overcome their addiction mentally as well as physically.

Through the addiction counseling services offered at our facility in Bellevue, WA, clients develop key skills to addiction recovery, including:

  • The ability to accept and integrate feedback from peers and counselors
  • The ability to communicate effectively and patiently
  • The ability to relieve and reduce stress in healthy, non-destructive ways
  • The ability to identify triggers for addiction and enact healthy means of dealing with them
  • The ability to recover and create health relationships with friends, family and loved ones
  • The ability to consistently make healthy mental and physical decisions

Our drug and alcohol rehab center at Northpoint Seattle shares the perspective of SAMHSA, quoted above. The goal of addiction counseling in IOP is establish the foundation for maintaining sobriety after the program has ended, setting participants up for success in the long run. This can only be accomplished if counselors and clients work together in the therapy sessions, which is why most intensive outpatient programs establish a relationship of trust between counselors and patients early on.

‘In IOP programs, individual counseling is an important, supportive adjunct to group sessions… most individual counseling in IOT programs addresses the immediate problems stemming from clients” substance use disorders and their current efforts to achieve and maintain abstinence. A 30- to 50-minute individual counseling session is typically a scheduled part of the IOT program and occurs at least weekly during the initial treatment stage. A client is assigned a primary counselor who strives to establish a close, collaborative therapeutic alliance.’

~ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency, ‘Substance Abuse: Clinical Issues in Intensive Outpatient Treatment’

How Does IOP Compare to Inpatient Care?

The main difference between an intensive outpatient program and inpatient care (or residential rehab) is location.

In an IOP, participants return home after several hours of treatment and continue on with their normal, daily lives. In contrast, inpatient care requires that participants remain in the facility for the duration of the treatment. This is for the safety, accountability, and ultimate well being of the client, but it is not always for everyone.

In addition to the residential aspect, inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment options have several other key differences. For instance:


Inpatient programs usually last several weeks, while outpatient programs typically last several months

Inpatient programs often incorporate medical detox programs into treatment, when the need arises

Inpatient programs involve 24-hour medical supervision, an important element for those who have struggled with addiction for many years


Outpatient programs do not usually use medication as a form of treatment, while inpatient care is more likely to

Outpatient programs offer more flexibility in scheduling, as long as participants attend treatment for several sessions each week

In contrast, outpatient programs typically consist of a few hours of treatment several times each week, with limited medical supervision

With these differences in mind, it is clear that intensive outpatient treatment for both addiction and alcoholism offer several key benefits over inpatient care. These include freedom, flexibility, the ability to apply treatment principles in everyday life, and the availability of family support.

Participation in an IOP, instead of residential rehab, translates into the ability to utilize the coping skills and behaviors you learn in treatment right away. Of course, this is dependent on participants having a safe and supportive home environment to return to. Similarly, many IOPs incorporate family therapy sessions on a weekly basis; this allows loved ones not only to better understand addiction and treatment, but also support program participants through their recovery process as they go through it.

IOP Cost and Insurance Coverage

One of the final key differences between inpatient care and an IOP is cost. Intensive outpatient treatment is typically much more affordable than inpatient care because it does not require the high mark-up of room and board. More than that, many intensive outpatient programs in Washington are covered by insurance, making addiction treatment much more affordable. Of course, this is not the only concern when it comes to getting the help that you need, but if price is a deciding factor then IOP may be the right choice for you.

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What Does IOP Look Like in Bellevue, WA?

Now that we have established what intensive outpatient programs are, you may be left wondering what an IOP actually looks like in practice. Northpoint Seattle focuses on outpatient care in Bellevue, WA. We are experts in addiction and alcoholism treatment, with our outpatient programs covering the early stages of rehab all the way through recovery.

So what does participating in an IOP look like?

As noted above, a quality IOP includes all of the necessary components of addiction treatment in general. This in includes everything from one-on-one counseling sessions to group support and therapy sessions. At Northpoint Seattle, located in Bellevue, WA, we offer this quality treatment in an IOP setting. Northpoint Seattle is an accredited rehab facility, and we are proud to offer the same services that you would find in a full-time inpatient program.

The intensive outpatient treatment offered at Northpoint Seattle includes several different treatment approaches, tailored to the needs and experiences of individual participants.

The IOP is aimed at not only helping participants become sober, but also helping them build independence and the ability to cope with addiction triggers on their own.

IOP Timeline and Schedule

The IOP at Northpoint Seattle usually lasts for twelve weeks, or roughly three months. During this time, participants are expected to attend at least three sessions per week, for a total of nine hours of treatment each and every week. Attending treatment several times per week, and for several hours each session, will help participants get on the right track as they begin down the road to recovery.

We offer a flexible schedule so that all participants are able to meet this hourly expectation:

  • Monday: 1-4pm / 6-9pm
  • Tuesday: 1-4pm / 6-9pm
  • Wednesday: 1-4pm / 6-9pm
  • Thursday: 1-4pm / 6-9pm
  • Friday: 1-4pm / 6-9pm

What We Treat

The IOP at our facility covers all of the major facets of addiction and alcoholism treatment, also described on our IOP services page. During these IOP sessions in Bellevue, WA we offer both individual counseling and group support for participants.

Some sessions will focus on rebuilding relationships, when participants will be welcome to bring family members and loved ones in order to address some of the detrimental effects that addiction or alcoholism has had on their relationships.

During all sessions we will have a psychiatrist available for patients with co-occurring disorders.

We know that no two people have the same story when it comes to addiction or alcoholism. With this in mind we are committed to address the features and associated problems of addiction with an individualized treatment plan aimed at addressing your unique issues and problems. IOP is not limited to a specific type of addiction or recovery from just one drug. Instead, our intensive outpatient program treats all of the following forms of substance abuse:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Marijuana addiction
  • Prescription drug addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Crystal meth addiction
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Cross addictions

Just because you don”t have the ability to attend an inpatient facility does not mean that you have to attempt quitting drugs or alcohol completely on your own. Our intensive outpatient program lets you get the help you need, today, but to keep up with your daily responsibilities.

Starting an Intensive Outpatient Program in Bellevue, WA

Northpoint Seattle offers intensive outpatient programs on an on-going basis, and tailors each program to individual clients.

The program is based on their initial assessment, is completely confidential, and offers you the best hope for recovery.

If you are ready to take the first step toward recovery, reach out to us today so that we can get you started on IOP treatment.

If you are still unsure about your alcohol or drug use, or even if you have more questions about what an IOP looks like and what services we offer, please still consider contacting us so we can address your concerns or questions. Recovery from addiction or alcoholism can be a daunting prospect, and we are here to help that”s what IOP is all about. Participating in an intensive outpatient program in Bellevue, WA may be the best thing you can do for the rest of your life.

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Our admissions coordinators are here to help you get started with treatment the right way. They’ll verify your health insurance, help set up travel arrangements, and make sure your transition into treatment is smooth and hassle-free.

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