What is an IOP?

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) offers personalized care for individuals who may benefit from a structured program to assist in recovery from drug and alcohol dependency, which often co-occur with other mental health concerns.

You may seek outpatient services if you have a career and/or family responsibilities that would make it difficult to attend an inpatient treatment center.

An IOP can also serve as a step down from a partial hospitalization program for those needing a more extended treatment plan that combines inpatient and outpatient programming. Each person has individual needs and recovery goals. In general, however, patients attend intensive outpatient programs for several hours a day, several days a week, for 8 to 12 weeks.

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The Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Easy and flexible access to treatment

Easy and flexible access to treatment

You’ll attend sessions for a few hours a day, three days a week, allowing you to spend time with your family and keep up with work obligations.

You'll have a great opportunity to develop a strong support system.

You’ll have a great opportunity to develop a strong support system.

You’ll meet others who share your mental health concerns and learn how to support one another on your healing journey.

More Cost-Effective Than Inpatient Treatment

More Cost-Effective Than Inpatient Treatment

When comparing outpatient vs. inpatient rehab, choosing an outpatient program can save you a substantial amount of money. 

You will have better access to your treatment program and plan

You will have better access to your treatment program and plan

You’ll have the freedom to come and go between your home, work, treatment center and other activities.

Outpatient therapy is more private than inpatient therapy.

Outpatient therapy is more private than inpatient therapy.

You don’t have to reveal that you’re in a program to anyone beyond your immediate support circle.

Increase in exposure to skills

Increase in exposure to skills

For example, part of outpatient programming includes assistance with legal matters, housing, employment and other smart recovery goals that improve your quality of life.

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How It Works

Intensive outpatient programs deliver quality care for substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. Santa Cruz clients receive a comprehensive care plan with various therapies tailored to their behavioral health needs and goals. Examples of effective treatment modalities include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Guided imagery
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Somatic therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)


Comprehensive support after completing your intensive outpatient program improves your chances of long-term recovery. The Key IOP differs from other IOPs in the Santa Cruz market because we offer a revolutionary method of aftercare and case management to protect our clients from the outside world.

We strive to also offer pro-bono case management for some clients who may face financial troubles. You’ll be able to seek long-term care for your mental health, including services such as medication management.

Contact The Key IOP and see how recovery is the key to success, love, trust and a boost in self-esteem.

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This approach strives to help adults who enroll in our Santa Cruz services:

  • Achieve a positive change in behavioral health status
  • Develop a strong support system
  • Address psychosocial issues such as meeting legal and court requirements, finding stable employment and housing and enrolling in further education, depending on your unique goals
  • Build problem-solving and coping skills
  • Maintain a substance-free lifestyle

Outpatient treatment sessions vary in structure and format but typically include mental health and addiction recovery sessions led by a trained professional. For instance, one on one therapy sessions, weekly meetings with physicians and a life coach are options offered at the Key IOP. Trauma-trained specialists provide care, including meetings customized to support the group’s overall goal. Many of our sessions use a group therapist format. Contact The Key IOP to learn more.

At The Key IOP, we know that the latest research from major academic medical centers and government agencies is regularly reviewed and incorporated into treatment modalities.

The outcomes are closely examined to understand what therapies work best for each individual client, how to reduce symptoms and how to bring about lasting recovery. Our programs are based on evidence-based practices, so you can be sure you’re getting the most effective care possible.

While you’re receiving treatment, your outpatient programming includes therapies such as individual therapy, guided imagery, support groups with other adults, skill-building activities and other opportunities to improve your mental health. Come see us today and let us help you get back on track!

An intensive outpatient treatment program typically lasts 8 to 12 weeks. IOP programs might run 3 to 5 days per week. If you or a loved one are ready to see if our program may be of benefit – give us a call.

Group therapy is a big part of most IOP programs. It can help you find others with the same issues, relate to them and build a support system. Sharing tips and coping skills can also be helpful. Feeling less alone in recovery is another benefit of group therapy. You can share without fear of judgment and build social skills too.

The Key IOP offers outpatient programs to help those struggling with addiction or substance use disorder. Our programs are tailored to help you find recovery and build the life you want. We offer various services, including job skills training, relapse prevention education and peer support. To learn more about our program or how to enroll, call us today.

We look forward to helping you get on the path to recovery.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offers a comprehensive, short-term solution to assist those struggling with traumas and mental health issues like PTSD, depression or anxiety.

This escalated level of treatment goes beyond one-on-one visits by leveraging the power of group therapy; led by experienced therapists committed to providing guidance on foundational skills in addition to supporting individuals through their personal experiences.

Together as a supportive group we can find strength and courage no matter what challenges are before us!