Virtual IOP

Since the pandemic outbreak, virtual intensive outpatient programs (IOP) have become common. So, it’s natural to want to know more about IOPs before making a decision.

Here’s everything you should know about virtual IOPs.

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

Intensive outpatient programs are detox programs that treat substance abuse. The program provides support throughout the patient’s journey to recovery.

This program mainly targets patients that have less severe substance abuse. These patients attend these programs from their homes. The program serves as a foundation for patients struggling with relapses.

Another factor is the environment the patient lives in. Patients with supportive homes can join the IOP.

Who Should Attend an IOP?

IOPs are designed to help those with moderate to mild substance abuse. So, these people naturally are eligible to attend.

Other classes of people who might be eligible include people with busy schedules.

However, persons with severe substance addiction are treated through residential programs.

Disadvantages of a
Virtual IOP

A significant disadvantage is the absence of in-person interactions. Most people draw comfort from seeing others during this period.

No matter how awesome virtual IOPs are, they cannot provide that experience. Virtual IOPs might also lead to complacency.

What are the Advantages of a Virtual IOP?


Virtual IOPs are convenient for people who have a hectic schedule or live far away. All you have to do is connect to your conference video on time.

It’s a stress-free and seamless process. Better yet, you still get all the benefits of an in-person IOP.

Less Contact

The pandemic is raging. So, the less contact, the better. Virtual IOPs allow you to battle your addiction without putting yourself at further risk.

It also prevents disruption of your activities. Being asked to quarantine falls into this category.

It’s a Bit More Customized

Virtual IOPs are customized to meet your preferences. This includes your schedule, treatment plans, and so much more.

It fits like a glove.

Disadvantages of a Virtual IOP

A significant disadvantage is the absence of in-person interactions. Most people draw comfort from seeing others during this period.

No matter how awesome virtual IOPs are, they cannot provide that experience. Virtual IOPs might also lead to complacency.

How Can I Join a Virtual IOP?

If you’re interested in joining a virtual IOP, contact a rehab center for drug addiction. If you already have, you can ask if they offer such services.

Make sure that you meet the requirements for a virtual IOP before you apply.

Is a Virtual IOP the Right Option For Me?

If you feel that circumstances and other factors will make you miss out on the IOP program, you should try the virtual IOP.

For persons who want a lot of emotional support, physical IOPs are the best option.

However, if your substance abuse is severe, it is recommended you go for residential treatment programs.

Taking The Next Step

Once you know your preference, it’s time to take the step. The next step will depend on which stage of the journey you are.

Regardless, taking a step towards recovery always start with visiting a rehab addiction center. Take that step as soon as you can.

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Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

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Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

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I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.