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Intensive Outpatient Program - Adults Only

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

Robert Collier

Making those small efforts every day while recovering from substance use or mental health disorders can be challenging and overwhelming, no matter how small they are. However, receiving treatment can give you the support and skills necessary to tackle all efforts – big and small. In 2022, 33,000 Delaware residents received treatment for a substance use disorder.

At SUN Behavioral Health Delaware, we solve unmet needs. One way we do this is by providing intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment for adults that allows them to connect to the care they need day in and day out. 

What We Treat: Long-Term Support Needs for Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

IOP treatment can benefit many people who are recovering from substance use or mental health disorders. For example, someone requiring meth treatment won’t need an inpatient detox program as withdrawal symptoms don’t last long and aren’t usually dangerous. If they are in an environment where less frequent treatment is possible, they might benefit from IOP.

In another example, someone might have finished detox for a heroin use disorder. However, they may be unable to take more time off work to attend a partial hospitalization (PHP) program. IOP can be a perfect option for them as it requires only a few hours out of your week. 

Following the completion of an inpatient or PHP program, many individuals find themselves questioning their path forward. They may recognize they no longer need the constant care provided during these programs. However, they still need ongoing support and structure in the next steps of their recovery, which a traditional, once-weekly outpatient program may not be able to provide. 

Likewise, it can also be beneficial for those who have a mental health disorder, such as depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). They might be at a point in their lives where constant care is not a necessity, but they would still benefit from regular treatment through IOP.

People who attend IOP following an inpatient or PHP program can continue to grow their long-term support. During IOP at SUN Delaware, you will form relationships with peers who understand your emotions and situations. This newfound support system can be something you can lean on throughout your recovery journey. 

Why Would You Choose an IOP Over Inpatient Treatment?

Each person’s journey with mental health or substance use disorders is unique, which means not everyone will require inpatient treatment. While inpatient care offers a foundational sense of stability and security as individuals begin their recovery, it is not always necessary for everyone looking for treatment. However, they may also need support beyond what a traditional once-a-week outpatient treatment program can provide. IOP can be the most suitable choice in these cases.

Inpatient care requires individuals to stay at a facility for some time – typically determined during your assessment – and may change depending on your response to treatment. Not everyone can commit to that arrangement due to work or school. For many people, stepping away from their responsibilities can seem impossible, even if it is to prioritize treatment for a mental health or substance use disorder. IOP offers flexibility for those who wish to balance their treatment alongside their commitments. With IOP, individuals can engage in their treatment for a few hours daily while maintaining their professional or academic responsibilities. 

A key consideration when deciding if IOP is right for you or your loved one is if they are in a safe environment that can ensure their healing. If maintaining safety is not possible at this point in their lives, inpatient treatment is the best course of action. On the other hand, if your loved one can ensure their safety but still requires additional support, IOP may be an effective option for them to prevent the need for hospitalization.

IOP can also allow people to transition from an inpatient setting to a less rigorous program. Inpatient is a very consistent treatment. You are receiving care 24/7. However, once people leave an inpatient level of care, they might have difficulty adjusting to their life. An IOP treatment can allow individuals to start the process of transitioning to a place where less care is needed in their recovery. 

How We Treat: Intensive Outpatient Program

At SUN Behavioral Health Delaware, we provide IOP for adults only. This level of care continues to provide structure and support during your recovery. 

IOP is available for adults aged 18 and older as part of their substance use disorder treatment, such as an alcohol or fentanyl use disorder, as well as mental health disorder treatment, such as anxiety and depression. Our IOP for adults runs Monday through Friday. We provide treatment that helps you identify pressing concerns in your life. 

These sessions include a daily process group, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and a wellness recovery action plan (WRAP). The daily process group allows you to work through current concerns, and the WRAP group provides the skills necessary to prevent a return to use. CBT focuses on recognizing and changing unhealthy thoughts and beliefs into healthy ones.

Below are some other treatments you may experience during your IOP. Our team will design your exact treatment plan during our no-cost care assessment. This assessment allows you to meet with our specialists, who will work with you, your doctors, and your previous treatment and assessment history to design the best action plan for your needs. 

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Group Therapy

Most people who attend IOP participate in group therapy. This therapy involves meeting with people in similar situations as yourself. You will learn stress management, mindfulness, and life skills development. During group therapy, you will also have the opportunity to discuss concerns in your life. Through this, you can receive support from your peers.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy involves sessions with a mental health specialist to address your concerns and needs. During this therapy, you will continue to build upon skills and techniques learned during group therapy. They may also prescribe and manage your medication if necessary. 


Aftercare Planning

During IOP, you will also attend aftercare planning sessions. These sessions will help you find new hobbies, encourage you to join support groups, and set you up with what your long-term recovery will look like once you leave SUN Behavioral Health Delaware. 

Support Groups

Support groups, including 12-step groups, are also available during our IOP. These groups help you recover and connect with peers at different stages in their recovery journey. By attending a support group, you will receive and provide support to other people through your experiences, coping strategies, understanding, and knowledge. 

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How Long Does IOP Last?

Everyone progresses through treatment at a different pace. Some people only need IOP for a few weeks, while others require more time. During your assessment, our team can give you an idea of how long it may last, given your unique needs and circumstances. Keep in mind that depending on your progress, this timeline may change. Every length of time is standard. Nothing is wrong if you need more or less time than someone else. 

Start Your IOP Treatment at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware

The decision to seek treatment for a mental health or substance use disorder is a significant step in recovery that can bring numerous uncertainties and questions. Given the range of available care options, it is understandable to wonder which path is necessary for your needs. 

At SUN Behavioral Health Delaware we solve this need, and our dedicated team is committed to assisting you on your journey. We will work with you, your healthcare team, and previous evaluations and treatments to determine if IOP fits your goals best. Contact us today if you are ready to start your recovery.


Intensive Outpatient Program in Georgetown

SUN Behavioral Health Delaware solves unmet needs in Georgetown, DE. Our 24/7 crisis care can help you start treatment when a crisis arises. For more information, call us at 302-604-5600.


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