Intensive Outpatient Program

Building Independence in Recovery

The Blanchard Institute’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to support individuals who are ready to take the next step in their recovery journey. Balancing rigorous treatment with the flexibility to engage in daily life, our IOP offers a structured path to independence while reinforcing the coping strategies and support systems essential for long-term wellness.

I cannot say enough good things about Ward Blanchard and The Blanchard Institute. Ward was an answer to prayer during a very tumultuous time in our family. I found him to be a man of his word and wise beyond his years. So very thankful for his expert guidance and direction. Everyone that I had contact with on his staff were well trained, as well as very personable and caring. Highly recommend their Family System Workshop weekends. They provide an abundance of information about the disease of addiction and how it affects the entire family system. You come away feeling validated and with much needed tools to help navigate the journey of recovery.


Why Our IOP Stands Out

Our IOP bridges the gap between partial hospitalization and full autonomy, making it an ideal choice for those who have progressed through more intensive levels of care or for whom daily commitments necessitate a less restrictive treatment option. Here’s why our program is uniquely suited to support lasting recovery:

Flexible Scheduling: Tailored to fit into your life, our program allows for the continuation of work, school, or family commitments alongside treatment.

Comprehensive Care: Emphasizing a dual diagnosis approach, we address both substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, ensuring a holistic path to healing.

Community and Connection: The core of our IOP is the strength found in community. Through group therapy and support networks, clients build relationships that foster growth and accountability.

A Closer Look at Our Program

Participants in our IOP engage in a meticulously structured regimen that includes:

Therapy Sessions: Weekly access to individual therapy, group sessions, and family counseling, incorporating evidence-based practices like DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

Holistic and Creative Therapies: Activities such as Therapeutic Creative Art and Recovery Yoga promote physical health and emotional balance, vital components of recovery.

Skill Development: Focusing on life skills training, nutrition education, and relapse prevention to equip clients with the tools needed for a self-directed, sober life.

Ongoing Support: Beyond the structured sessions, clients have access to weekly support groups and case management, ensuring a continuum of care that adapts to their evolving needs.

Our IOP is suited for individuals who:

  • Require a structured treatment program but must also attend to daily responsibilities.
  • Seek to strengthen their recovery foundation with a focus on independence and self-management.
  • Desire the support of a therapeutic community while transitioning to routine life outside of treatment.
  • Begin Your Path to Independence

The Blanchard Institute’s IOP offers the flexibility, support, and comprehensive care essential for those navigating the complexities of recovery in the context of their everyday lives. If you or a loved one is looking for an intensive, community-focused outpatient program in the Charlotte or Lake Norman areas, our IOP provides the resources, guidance, and community to support your journey towards lasting recovery.

Intensive Outpatient Programs FAQ’s

Intensive Outpatient Programs are for those looking for a way to continue supporting your family while also getting treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health conditions.

Both PHP and IOP are structured outpatient treatment programs designed to treat individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders.However, PartialHospitalization is best suited for individuals who are still managing withdrawal symptoms during early recovery, requiring daily monitored treatment totaling 20+ hours each week for 2-4 weeks.Intensive Outpatient Programs typically follow inpatient or PHP treatment, when symptoms are manageable but continued structure and support are necessary or desired. IOP only requires 6-9 hours of treatment each week for roughly 10 weeks.

Most insurance plans cover outpatient treatment under new and updated healthcare rules; however, each plan and provider differ in their coverage. You can find your plan’s coverage in the Verification of Benefits (VOB), or complete our Health Insurance Verification Form online.

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