St. Charles, Missouri’s Premier Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Outpatient psychiatric and dual diagnosis (both substance use and mental health issues) treatment is provided through full-day partial hospitalization programs and half-day intensive outpatient programs in the St. Louis area, and is designed for patients who are experiencing moderately severe symptoms that do not require inpatient hospitalization.Patients appropriate for these outpatient levels of care demonstrate reliable medication compliance, the ability to maintain home, work or school commitments and have support form their home and other social environments.

Patients who do not require the structure of 24-hour care may be admitted to an outpatient program as their point of entry for treatment or as a progression to a less restrictive level of care following a stay on the Residential Unit for Addictions.

Addiction IOP

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.

Program Components

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.

What We Treat

  • Severe Depression
  • Severe Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Thought Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Childhood Problems
  • Physical & Sexual Abuse
  • School & Workplace Issues
  • Family Issues

Who We Treat

CenterPointe provides intensive outpatient programs for adolescents, adults and senior adults who are affected by mental health and/or addiction challenges. Individuals who also have a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis (both a mental health and a substance use disorder) might benefit from an intensive outpatient program to help them better manage the effects of living with multiple disorders.

Intensive outpatient program, also known as IOP, provides individuals with the life-changing care that guides them in their path to healing and helps individuals transition back to their daily lives with the confidence they need to be successful in their recovery.

What is IOP

CenterPointe’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) provides individuals with a high level of care that is less intensive than inpatient treatment, residential care or partial hospitalization programming (PHP), but is a more structured than a traditional outpatient setting. IOP may be needed as a “step down” from inpatient treatment or residential treatment, or as a “step up” from traditional outpatient setting (usually 1 hour sessions). Intensive outpatient program offers participants the ability to receive treatment while still living at home and engaging in their personal lives.

The structure of IOP is typically three hours of treatment services, three to four days a week. Individuals are provided with the specific times that the program meets so they can work their treatment program around their other daily responsibilities. Group therapy is typically the main treatment format, but other forms of care might be offered, such as individual, family or experiential therapies.

Why Choose IOP

There are many benefits to participating in an intensive outpatient program. IOPs allow individuals to access treatment services while still maintaining a presence at school or work. You or your loved one can build a support community of peers who are on the same healing journey while still having the support of friends and family when you or your loved one leave treatment.

Intensive outpatient programming also allows individuals to practice their newfound symptom-management skills in real-world settings and then take any questions or concerns they might have back to the therapy setting for processing. This creates a safe space to learn how to manage your symptoms in a supportive, judgment-free environment. IOPs give individuals the privacy, support, and flexibility to learn how to manage their mental health or addiction challenges.

Getting Started

Before treatment begins, an assessment is conducted which includes a physical and psychological background evaluation that assesses how the individual’s symptoms have impacted their ability to function on a daily basis. The assessment is reviewed by clinical staff who determine what the most appropriate level of care should be in order to best meet the individual’s needs. If it is determined that the individual might benefit from an IOP, the admissions process will begin.

Treatment Plan

Before treatment begins, an assessment is conducted which includes a physical and psychological background evaluation that assesses how the individual’s symptoms have impacted their ability to function on a daily basis. The assessment is reviewed by clinical staff who determine what the most appropriate level of care should be in order to best meet the individual’s needs. If it is determined that the individual might benefit from an IOP, the admissions process will begin.

Medication Management

For some individuals, medications such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers might complement therapeutic interventions because they can alleviate the physical and psychological distress that certain symptoms elicit. All medications are prescribed by a licensed psychiatrist, and follow-up meetings with the psychiatrist are held depending on each person’s individual needs.

Continuing Care

Individuals will be provided with aftercare options in order to fully transition back into their everyday lives. For this reason, the staff members at our treatment facilities begin working on discharge plans from the moment that an individual enters treatment. We ensure each individual has a plan in place so that they can receive the ongoing support they need once they have completed IOP.