The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to meet the needs of individuals with a substance use disorder and need more than weekly counseling, but do not need residential treatment. The program provides therapy and monitoring in a comfortable, supportive group setting.

This level of care is appropriate for those who have mild to moderate co-occurring mental health symptoms that require stabilization, those who are experiencing stressful life circumstances that make it more difficult to cope with cravings to use substances, as well as those who have not been able to stabilize their substance use in an outpatient setting. Patients will receive a comprehensive intake evaluation, individualized care plan, group therapy, family involvement and aftercare planning and referrals.

Here at ROAD, we believe that everyone can get better, as long as the person is able to commit to a structured program that requires regular attendance and active participation. We respect that each person comes into this program from diverse backgrounds, struggling with a variety of issues, and at various states of readiness for change. We are sensitive to differing needs, personalities, communication styles and preferences. We will collaborate with you to develop a treatment plan that takes all of these factors into consideration within the guidelines and structure of IOP. The Intensive Outpatient Program staff is highly experienced in both substance abuse and mental health disorders and looks forward to assisting you in the next step of your recovery.

 Please Note That Our IOP Program Is Currently Only Available At Our Somersworth Location.

Frequently Asked Questions

Intensive Outpatient Treatment is a primary treatment program recommended in some circumstances by a clinical and medical assessment. IOP may be recommended for those who do not need medically-supervised detox. IOP can also enable people in recovery to continue their recovery therapies following successful detox, on a part-time yet intensive schedule, designed to accommodate work and family life.

Start rebuilding your personal life and mending your important family ties right away, when you live at home and participate in intensive outpatient treatment. With the Intensive Outpatient Treatment program you are able to establish a foundation for long term recovery support in your local community right from the start of your treatment, instead of waiting until you return from living away in a rehab center.

In the Intensive Outpatient Program, you receive services primarily through group therapy, but are also assigned an individual therapist you will meet with on a weekly basis while in treatment. Groups are small and generally do not exceed 10 people, allowing for a safe environment.

Many different areas and topics are covered in IOP. Everyone is introduced to the following areas:

  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Relapse Prevention Skills
  • How to Mange Urges and Cravings
  • Understanding the Brain Chemistry of Addiction
  • Progression of Addiction
  • Recovery Skills
  • Introduction to the 12 Steps
  • Spirituality
  • Interpersonal Relationship Skill Building
  • Stages of Change
  • Focus on Co-Occurring Disorders and the Effects on Addiction and Recovery
  • Family Education Program

Depending on your needs, you may be referred to additional comprehensive mental health treatment, or training in how to increase healthy life skills, or employment counseling.

Your important initial clinical assessment will determine your suitability for the IOP treatment program. In some situations, detox may be required. If medically-supervised detox is required, you will learn the specifics of that requirement for your custom treatment plan, and you will be referred to available professional detox services that are a fit for your situation, prior to starting the IOP program. You will also receive important, helpful counseling about your needs and treatment options as part of your assessment.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed for people who are struggling with problems associated with addiction, substance misuse, or the co-occurring disorders associated with substance misuse.

Eligibility for the IOP is determined by a mandatory clinical/medical assessment, which is conducted as part of the admissions process. The intensive outpatient treatment program is customized for each person, guided by the initial assessment and follow up.

ROAD to a Better Life is non-denominational. We are not a religious organization. We do not preach any specific set of philosophical teachings, although we believe your religion and spirituality can be important components of your recovery. We believe in hope, hard work, community support, and the potential of the human spirit to overcome the problems stemming from substance misuse.

The 12 Step approach to counseling is very effective, and forms the basis of peer support that has proven to be essential for successful recovery in many cases. Most of our individualized client treatment plans include participation in 12-step meetings.  We require, expect and encourage involvement in some form of mutual support group attendance. We recognize all recovery- based mutual support groups including SMART Recovery, SOS, Refuge Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, etc.

Our IOP usually runs for a period of 8 (eight) weeks but every patient is different. Every patient’s treatment program is designed just for them, so may run more or less than eight weeks if needed.

We meet 3 days a week, 3 hours a day.  Absences are frowned upon as this is an “intensive” program and meant to be treated as such.

Research has shown the individuals whose families are involved in treatment have a much better prognosis and a higher success rate. ROAD will make a concerted effort to include family members in treatment whenever possible.  The goal of the family education program is to provide family members with information and support that will assist our clients in their recovery.
A family education group will be held once per month from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  The purpose of this program is to provide family members with education, information and support to aide their family member in their recovery process.  The family program will have three parts: Didactic/Education Lecture, sharing and caring; and Question and Answer Session.