Intensive Outpatient Treatment
What is Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment?
Intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment is a lower level of care; meaning that it does not require hospitalization, around the clock monitoring or even overnight stays. Intensive outpatient treatment requires individuals to obtain at least nine hours of group and/or individual therapy per week, which is divided up into three-hour sessions three-to-five evenings a week, or on weekends, for 12-16 weeks.
Typically, individuals in IOP have completed a more intensive program, such as residential treatment (RTC) or partial hospitalization (PHP) and are transitioning to a lower level of care, but are not yet ready to stop therapy completely.