Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders (IOP)

At Center for Hope of the Sierras, we are committed to providing the long-term treatment that can enable individuals in our care to have the best possible chance of recovery from eating disorders and co-occurring concerns. Our comprehensive programming, which includes residential care, partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP), is designed to give individuals the tools and support they need to build recovered lives.

Located only three miles away from our residential treatment center, our IOP is designed for males and females, ages 14 and older, who are struggling with eating disorders, co-occurring substance abuse concerns, and other co-occurring mental health concerns. We also provide a specialized treatment track for individuals who are suffering from diabulimia.

Our levels of care are structured to help individuals gradually transition out of treatment and back into their everyday lives. In order to accomplish this, we offer a number of step-down treatment and continuing care options that are designed to ease this transition back into everyday life while maximizing the individual’s chances of maintaining and building upon the progress that he or she made while in treatment.

Our intensive outpatient programs occupy a unique niche within our range of treatment options. For many individuals, the care offered in IOP represents either a step up from traditional outpatient care, or a step down from PHP or a residential program. During residential care, individuals live at the treatment center and participate in groups and therapies all day. In partial hospitalization programs, individuals generally come to a treatment center five days per week for full days of treatment, though they commute to and from their homes and do not live at the treatment center. IOP is a step down from PHP, and is often the last bridge between our treatment programs and traditional outpatient care in the individual’s community.

Our intensive outpatient programs are designed for individuals who do not need the structure and round-the-clock supervision and care of a residential program, and also who do not need the daily intensive interventions of PHP. Individuals in the intensive outpatient programs receive four hours of care per week, and the program is open seven days per week. Treatment in IOP generally consists of a wide range of therapeutic interventions, such as:

Medication management: Though individuals in IOP manage their own medications, our nursing staff is happy to help with coordinating refills if needed.

Individual therapy: Many clients receive individual therapy sessions as a regular component of intensive outpatient programming.

Family therapy: At Center for Hope, we recognize the important role that families play in our clients’ recovery, and we are proud to offer family therapy sessions at least once per week, depending upon each client’s need. The sessions are conducted either in person or over the phone, and we also have a monthly Family Day where families can come for groups and trainings, as well as lunch and visiting time.

Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are at the core of our IOP, and clients generally participate in about four groups per week. Groups are led by experienced therapists and social workers, and the topics covered in the groups vary widely, but may include:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Mindful eating
  • Music and art appreciation
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Family systems
  • Life skills
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Anxiety management
  • Body image
  • Recovery maintenance
  • Process groups

Experiential therapy: We believe that the most successful treatments include interventions that care for our clients’ hearts, minds, and bodies. Therefore, we are happy to provide experiential therapies that allow clients to continue to develop their recovery skills in contexts outside of group therapy and individual therapy. Our experiential therapy offerings include, but are not limited to, grocery shopping, cooking classes, body in motion classes, equine therapy, and lunch out challenges.

Our programs are staffed by a team of caring and experienced professionals, including an internist, endocrinologist, dietitian and nutrition therapist, a psychiatrist, and licensed clinical therapists. All of these individuals share our mission of providing the high-quality and effective care that can enable individuals to overcome eating disorders and co-occurring conditions. As with our other levels of care, clients in the intensive outpatient programs will work with the clinical team to develop a treatment plan that fits their needs and goals for treatment. Each treatment plan is individualized, and no two plans are the same, reflecting the reality that no two individuals are the same.

Individuals with eating disorders may struggle to remember that there is hope for healing. If you or someone you love might benefit from the elite care that we provide, feel free to call our admissions department. Members of our admissions team are ready to answer any questions you may have so that you can determine if our center is the right place for you or your loved one to find healing and hope. Do not hesitate to contact us; today could be the first day of a much brighter future.

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