Addiction Outpatient Programs


Our CenterPointe Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for addiction provides supportive therapy groups for individuals with a diagnosis of substance abuse or dependence.  Some individuals may also have a mental health diagnosis. Emphasis is placed on the effects of alcohol and other mood-altering drugs on one’s life, including mental health, the development of relapse prevention skills and coping strategies to help individuals maintain life-long sobriety.

Our IOP allows you to stay at home or continue working while benefiting from a professional treatment program. The frequency and duration of outpatient services are based on the amount of support you need.  Ideally, individuals attend IOP for 3-5 times per week, in either half-day or evening sessions, with a required minimum of 9 hours of treatment per week.

Patients who do not require the structure of 24-hour care may be admitted to an intensive outpatient program as their point of entry for treatment or as a progression to a less restrictive level of care following a stay an inpatient acute unit or on a residential unit for addictions. Patients appropriate for outpatient levels of care demonstrate reliable medication compliance, the ability to maintain home, work or school commitments, have good physical health and have support from their home and other social environments.

The IOP program may include some of the following program components:

  • Skills development: to help clients practice sober behaviors in a safe setting.
  • Drug/alcohol education: provide emotional support and the opportunity to learn about addiction, dependence, and the consequences of abuse. May include developing problem-solving skills and techniques for altering ineffective belief systems.
  • Refusal training: allows clients to participate in role-playing exercises where they can rehearse how to effectively handle invitations to use the substance they are trying to break free from.
  • Relapse prevention: helps clients to identify triggers and high-risk situations and develop techniques to avoid and manage them.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy focus on building new skills, conflict resolution, anger/feelings management, relapse prevention, early recovery, prevention, trauma (e.g., abuse or violence), health and wellness, culture and family roles.
  • Therapeutic activities include relaxation training, meditation and life skills training.
  • Support groups focus on relapse prevention, trauma and 12-step programs.