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For many of those who have been struggling with addiction, trauma or mental health concerns for a long time, the transition from full-time care into living independently is a difficult adjustment. An individual may have been feeling confident and prepared within the safety of their treatment center, but they will be more tempted to fall back into old habits once they return to the pressures and stresses of day-to-day life. The chance for relapse is understandably high in the months following discharge from a residential program — which is why top recovery centers like The Guest House offer continuing or alternative treatment programs that support clients who are at different places in their recovery journey.

At The Guest House Ocala, our multiple levels of care include an Intensive Outpatient Program provided at our Ocala Outpatient Recovery Services center. Sometimes called an intensive outpatient program or IOP, this type of treatment offers daily programming but does not require overnight stays at a treatment center. Intensive outpatient programming at The Guest House may serve as a transitional step after residential treatment; or, our community-based intensive outpatient program can be an option for outpatient-only clients who do not need full-time care. We work carefully with each intensive outpatient client and their family to ensure that their home life is supportive of a sober lifestyle and that they will be able to complete our program requirements. To find out if intensive outpatient treatment in Ocala, Florida is right for you or your loved one, please contact us at 352-815-3911 to speak with our staff. We will be in the office Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. After hours we can still be reached at 855-483-7800. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding IOP and OP services.

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

Our intensive outpatient program uses an intensive daily schedule Monday through Friday to provide structured treatment while allowing participants to return home at the end of each day. It can guide clients as they begin finding healthy ways to balance their personal lives with the addiction or mental health management skills that they learned during residential treatment. It also helps clients continue to hone these skills in a supportive and educational environment. IOPs can also serve as a structured alternative to residential treatment if a client is unable to commit to living at a treatment center, so long as the individual does not require full-time medical attention and they have a sober, supportive home life.

Intensive outpatient programs may include: 

  • Minimum weekly hours requirement
  • A provided meal or meals
  • Connection with local resources like support groups or outpatient therapists
  • A strong community of peers in recovery

The goal of an intensive outpatient program is to provide a level of care that is appropriate for individuals who are ready to put recovery skills into practice, but who are not ready to be completely independent. Participants have the opportunity to use learned coping mechanisms, communication tactics, time management techniques and other healthy habits when they are home with their families in the evenings and on the weekends. This schedule provides more real-life experience with a sober lifestyle than a residential program, but is not without a supportive recovery community to bolster confidence and reinforce new skills.

Is a Intensive Outpatient Program Right for Me or My Loved One?

Intensive outpatient programs are designed with two particular groups in mind. The first group is those who are transitioning out of a residential program but want to continue receiving recovery treatment. The second group includes those who are in need of structured treatment but can’t commit to staying overnight at a treatment facility. If either of these applies to you or your loved one, you should consider choosing an intensive outpatient program like the one we offer at The Guest House Ocala Outpatient Recovery Services.

Intensive outpatient programs can also be especially helpful for individuals who do not have a full-time job or school schedule to return to after treatment. Filling their weekdays with healthy and productive activities is essential to keeping relapse at bay. The structure of a intensive outpatient program ensures that most of the participants’ time is spent on therapeutic and recovery-oriented activities until they are better able to structure their own days.

Intensive outpatient program clients at The Guest House must be able to commit to a structured treatment schedule Monday through Friday, must have a stable home environment and must remain committed to a sober lifestyle. We may recommend residential treatment for individuals who require more attention from our professional staff, or we may suggest combining intensive outpatient treatment with a sober living program if an individual does not have nearby friends or family members who can support them in recovery.

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Treating Trauma in a Intensive Outpatient Program

The Guest House specializes in providing fully integrated trauma treatment alongside recovery for addiction and other self-defeating behaviors. We know that trauma and other underlying concerns can create complexities in treatment, but we are fully equipped to take on these challenges, and we offer exceptional results for patients with traumatic pasts and co-occurring disorders. 

Our signature trauma-informed treatment methods are utilized in our intensive outpatient program as well as in our residential program and other levels of care. At the outset of IOP treatment, we implement therapies aimed at uncovering and healing our clients’ underlying concerns. As each individual comes to realize their trauma or their triggers for negative behavior patterns, we implement coping mechanisms and mental health management strategies that clients can then practice on their own outside of treatment sessions. The result is that our clients experience high levels of long-term success in recovery: we have addressed all of their needs and given them the tools they need to not only resist relapse but also to maintain their mental health for life.

Intensive Outpatient Program and Other Levels of Care at The Guest House

The intensive outpatient program at The Guest House provides our clients with the opportunity to receive the high-caliber treatment they need on a schedule that works for them. Intensive outpatient treatment is provided at The Guest House Ocala Recovery Outpatient Services, our modern outpatient treatment facility, located in Ocala:

2233 E. Fort King Street, Suite A

Ocala, FL 34471

352-815-3911 (Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm)

855-483-7800 Ext. 300 (Nights & Weekends)

We offer two separate schedules for our intensive outpatient programming. For clients who have completed our residential program and are seeking the next level of care, intensive outpatient treatment meets 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. For patients who are working with The Guest House on an outpatient basis only, our community-based intensive outpatient programming is available from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Other program specifics include:

  • 25-hour weekly requirement
  • Lunch provided
  • Transportation provided on a limited basis
  • Access to top-quality clinical and support staff
  • Exposure to a similar variety of therapies as our residential clients

Our intensive outpatient program is just one component of our complete treatment options. We understand that addiction and mental health recovery is an ongoing, lifelong process and that everyone will have different needs depending on where they are along their healing journey. Since we strive to meet each client where they are in their recovery, we provide a range of levels of care including: 

  • Medical Detox
  • Residential Program
  • Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Aftercare Program

Each of our programs offers an open-ended timeline that ensures our clients feel healthy and confident before they progress to the next phase in their recovery. The residential and intensive outpatient program stages of programming typically last a few months as clients adjust to physical sobriety, regain their strength and integrate new skills and hobbies into their lifestyle. After a client feels comfortable here, they can move on to part-time intensive outpatient treatment and then to as-needed aftercare programming.