An intensive outpatient program is significantly more relaxed and less structured than an inpatient program. This is because it’s designed to allow you to attend to work and other responsibilities throughout the program.
Here’s how it works. You live in your own home or a sober living home, set your own hours, go to work, take care of family, or otherwise handle responsibilities. In most intensive programs, you can expect to attend therapy and group sessions for 3-6 hours per day. During this time, you’ll experience therapy, skills training, group therapy, and sometimes complementary therapies.
Educational sessions are typically 1-2 hours each, family therapy is about the same, and CBT or DBT is typically 1.5-3 hours in length.