Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The Intensive Outpatient Program, (IOP) serves as a step down care for patients who received detoxification and medical care who are ready for treatment but have had little or no outpatient treatment in the past. For patients who are currently outpatient but need to have more services to achieve recovery, IOP serves as a higher level of care. We accept patients over 18 years old and up.

The IOP provides services three hours a day five days a week for four weeks. The program provides curriculum based psycho-education group followed by a process group for patients with co-morbid mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses provide in a group format. The groups meet mornings on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and are usually up to 10 patients. The curriculum includes topics such as biology of addiction, process of addiction, process of recovery, basic recovery skills such as managing cravings, self care, mood management, and using family, social and community based resources as support in recovery.

Each patient is assigned a provider for individual check-ins during the course of the week. The Intensive Outpatient Program team meets three times a week for rounds to discuss patients. During these meetings the team reviews the patient progress, or problems, and noncompliance. Individual providers communicate the suggestions or feedback with each patient. Most of our patients require family or couples evaluation by our providers who are specialized in this area during their Intensive Outpatient Treatment.

One very important piece of our program is the psychopharmacology evaluation. Medication management is usually provided once a week but more often if need be. In addition to commonly used psychiatric medication, we provide treatment with medications to treat specific to addiction issues, such as naltrexone, acamprosate, disulfiram, topiramate and Buprenorphine – Suboxone .

During their IOP treatment patients receive case management services for issues related to housing, disability, FMLA, legal, coordination of care, communication with other providers.

There is medical coverage everyday for all WEC patients including IOP patients. It is not uncommon that IOP patients may need to be assessed by a medical personal during their treatment with us for issues such as medication side effects, sedation, withdrawal symptoms, safety issues etc.

Facilitated by: Lisa Du Breuil, LICSW, Georgia Stathopoulou Ph.D.
Patients may self-refer and/or be referred by their providers by calling the psych triage team at (617) 724-7792.


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