Intensive Outpatient Therapy Programs

Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP) is a primary treatment program optimized for addicts and alcoholics who need recovery and whose substance dependency is not so severe that they need medically supervised detox. Discovery Transitions IOP is designed for maximum effectiveness while allowing the client to live at home or in sober living. Group sessions and individual counseling make up the heart of our intensive outpatient rehabilitation program. Professionals with specific training in the field of addiction treatment facilitate all sessions. Intensive outpatient therapy is equally suitable for clients leaving an in-patient facility and for those seeking a fresh start in recovery.


IOP therapy comprises a number of approaches. When combining these approaches, they promote a powerful, fundamental change in an addict’s approach to living. As a result. clients achieve not only freedom from drugs and alcohol, but also a new experience of life. In Discovery Transitions’ IOP therapy, we introduce and offer deep insight into the following:

  • the brain chemistry of addiction
  • the progression of alcoholism and addiction, and how they only continue to get worse without help
  • relapse prevention
  • introduction to 12-step work
  • spirituality
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)
  • relapse prevention
  • family education

The primary purpose of intensive outpatient therapy treatment is to prepare you for life on a new basis, free from mind-altering substances, with the requisite life skills and ability to cope, as well as a spiritual basis for living. Our intensive outpatient program for substance abuse is therefore designed to be more strenuous in the beginning, when you are most vulnerable and possibly still reeling from your experience as an addict. Similarly, for the alcoholic, our intensive outpatient program for alcohol is designed to gradually cultivate independence on a new basis in recovery.

Dealing With Trauma

An area that cannot be overlooked when considering recovery treatment, and intensive outpatient therapy, is trauma. Trauma is rarely absent in cases of addiction, necessitating a dedicated treatment plan like that offered in intensive outpatient rehabilitation. As a result, it requires a dedicated treatment plan. If trauma is not addressed, addiction treatment and recovery become compromised. The ability to treat trauma gives us an edge in our treatment. As such, our carefully designed and implemented trauma treatment combines 3 different but complementary therapies


  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) help our clients come to terms with unsettled and unprocessed memories and experiences. From these experiences, often addressed in intensive outpatient therapy, is where their harmful feelings, thoughts, and behaviors arise. Being able to recollect and face these memories can help the individual move on.


  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), allows an individual to process their traumatic memories and experiences, and be able to reform their understanding and response to them, by firstly learning all about what trauma/PTSD is all about.


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which trains the individual to accept past experiences and then follows with healthy committed action that will help them move one, after evaluating what those experiences mean and how they affect them.

Family Therapy

Family is a support system like no other, and so, at Discovery Transitions, we include them as part of every individual’s recovery regime in our intensive outpatient therapy, as long as they contribute to a healthier you. The first people, apart from yourself who suffer when you become addicted to drugs, is your family. Family therapy is a good way to rebuild relationships and show you they still care.

Be aware though, that family inclusion and therapy are neither compulsory nor imposed in intensive outpatient rehabilitation. At Discovery Transitions, our treatment specialists will discuss possibilities with you and determine whether family therapy is in the best interest of your recovery before a decision is reached.

Creative Expression Therapy

Creativity is an expression and an art form, which could be a very potent medium for the patient in intensive outpatient therapy. Being able to channel their thoughts and emotions helps with processing and releasing thoughts, exploring themselves, refreshing their energy and stops them mulling over negative thoughts or energy. Traditional therapy has a few loopholes that creative expression can easily fix, especially in building self-confidence, esteem, and expressing deep thoughts. This unique form of therapy can either be verbal or non-verbal. It focuses on multiple art forms, from collage art to painting.

Nature has a calming, soothing effect. That’s exactly why we created Discovery Transitions in California. The picture-perfect palm trees and sunny scenery help to create an atmosphere of serenity and peace for all our clients. Within this calming and beautiful environment, our caring staff can devote their attention to helping clients to rebuild their lives. Our intensive outpatient rehabilitation center is a part of a new path that you DECIDE (it’s a powerful decision to start anew). We believe that you’ve become a part of our family. Our confidence in our treatment is absolute and is based on sustainability, which is why we follow up after your time with us, with a continuing care plan that supplements your treatment and keeps you on this new path.

Intensive Outpatient Therapy—What You’ll Get

As you begin to build a foundation for recovery through intensive outpatient therapy, you will feel a new sense of hope and inner strength. As this develops, the intensity of the program steps down and you will gradually feel secure in the possibility of real independence, especially from substances. Security should not be confused with complacency, however, as sustained recovery requires constant vigilance.

Your experience in the group will introduce you to concepts that will illuminate the dynamics behind your chemical dependency and will reveal methods to become free of those dynamics. A sense of camaraderie will develop as you and others share your experiences as recovering addicts and alcoholics. A recovery coach will be available to guide you through the difficulties of being new in sobriety. Depending on your initial assessment, various modes of treatment, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Neurofeedback, and specialty groups, will be offered.

Additionally, family therapy is a key component of our intensive outpatient therapy program. Addiction is a sickness that has a profound negative effect on all who are close to the addict, making intensive outpatient rehabilitation essential. Family members and loved ones become entangled in the chaos of the addict’s life. As a result, a dynamic of mutual manipulation ensnares the addict and those around him or her. When the family participates, the addict has a better chance of recovery. In addition, the family members—often to their surprise—find personal growth and liberation that they hadn’t even imagined before.

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