Intensive Outpatient Program – Professionals

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

In 1973, George Kolodner, MD designed and implemented our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), the first of its kind in the country. Since then, Kolmac has provided more than 30,000 patients with affordable, flexible, and gold-standard treatment today.

How Kolmac IOP Works

Our IOP sessions include a combination of group therapy and education. All groups are co-facilitated by licensed and/or certified addiction clinicians. In addition to the group sessions, patients meet with a clinician individually at least four times throughout the course of treatment. That clinician will also coordinate care with outside providers who are working with the patient.

Tools and Strategies for Successful Treatment

Our educational component is designed to provide patients with a strong foundational understanding of the disease of addiction and equip them with tools and strategies to utilize in early recovery.

We provide regular updates and seek to collaborate routinely with patients’ providers throughout their course of treatment. We strongly believe the better our communication as a team, the better the patient does in treatment.

Expert Medical Support

A hallmark of our IOP is the integration of medical services. Upon admission to the program all patients meet with one of our Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, or Physician’s Assistants and have the opportunity to meet with them throughout. Medical staff attends group sessions two to four times per week, as well as individually during designated hours. They partner with patients to address symptoms directly related to their substance use as well as co-occurring mental health issues.

Family Involvement

Additionally, with the knowledge that addiction is a family disease, we view the participation of family and loved ones as an essential part of the treatment process. Family is invited to attend weekly groups designed for loved ones, and to meet individually with the patient and their clinician during treatment.

IOP Sessions to Meet Patients’ Schedules

Kolmac’s IOP operates seven days a week, and we can get patients started at any time. In most locations we offer both daytime and evening options, with the goal to help integrate patients’ treatment into their daily life. Daytime programs run from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and evening programs from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Our program consists of 25-30 sessions in total and is approximately eight weeks long. Initially patients will attend five times per week until they begin to stabilize, eventually attending twice a week until they complete the program.

Enhanced Recovery Program

Kolmac also offers an Enhanced Recovery Program (ERP), a specialized IOP track for patients who have struggled with relapse or who have attended treatment previously and require a higher level of support and structure to achieve and maintain abstinence. ERP is a longer program, typically lasting around 12 weeks. It includes additional individual sessions, smaller group sizes, consistent scheduling three times per week, and an increased focus on relapse prevention and involvement in recovery support groups.