First Step Center of Arizona offers specialized drug and alcohol Intensive Outpatient Program Monday through Friday for clients in need of daily support, while still maintaining a moderate level of employment and/or education.

Understanding an Intensive Outpatient Program

An intensive outpatient program is a treatment service used to treat a variety of disorders that do not require medical detoxification. For people who are unable to enter a residential treatment center due to time constraints, an intensive outpatient program allows clients to participate in daily affairs.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are designed to provide a daily level of professional support for clients who benefit from education classes, group therapy and random monitoring of their addictions. The attendance requirement for an IOP consists of four hours daily. The schedule for attendance is set by the care providers which can vary throughout the day. An IOP time frame is established to support a client to maintain many features of their daily routine with as minimal changes as possible. On the other hand, clients who qualify to attend an Intensive Outpatient Program will experience some alterations to their daily schedule needed to ensure long-term sobriety.

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At First Step Center, clients engage in four hours of treatment per day. Initially, they can visit the facility five days a week. However, as they gain confidence and become more stable in their sobriety, they can gradually reduce their attendance down to fewer days per week at the direction of the treatment team.

Relapse Prevention

A Scottsdale, AZ IOP, like the First Step Center, focuses heavily on relapse prevention. Since clients are living independently, in which case, they may be around places or people that trigger their substance abuse behavior. An Intensive Outpatient Program uses a variety of education classes and skills training to help individuals identify their personal triggers build more efficient mechanisms for coping.

Some of these include:

  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Emotion management skills training
  • Social interactive skills training
  • Psychological education
  • Experiential therapy
  • Activities therapy

Health and Nutrition

An essential part of addiction treatment is in developing a successful lifestyle through incorporating healthy nutrition and a moderate exercise routine. At the First Step Center, our clients participate in culinary skills education and training. At the Intensive Outpatient Program, the clients will participate in meal preparation with a professional nutritionist to instill a foundational understanding of proper nutrition.

A healthy diet combined with regular exercise improves the chances of a long-term, successful recovery. Additionally, our Scottsdale AZ IOP offers a beneficial climate, peaceful environment, and access to a variety of activities for clients to create individual exercise programs.

A Scottsdale AZ IOP

Depending on the severity of addiction and personal circumstances, clients may require greater support than our Scottsdale AZ IOP. In this case, potential clients should consider beginning with the First Step Center residential treatment center or partial hospitalization program. After successful completion, clients may then transition to our Intensive Outpatient Program as part of an aftercare program.

Taking the first step toward recovery takes incredible strength and bravery. To learn more about our Intensive Outpatient Program, or to get started today, contact the First Step Center of Arizona today at 866.832.6398. First Step Center is ready to walk with you on your road to recovery.