Intensive Outpatient


Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment is non-residential care designed to provide continuing support for clients on their recovery journey. Intensive outpatient treatment is ideal for those who have completed a residential or partial hospitalization program and who want to continue treatment while working or going to school.

Some clients may be eligible for our intensive outpatient program without completing a residential treatment program first. For clients with a co-occurring mental health diagnosis, such as generalized anxiety or bipolar disorder, we recommend starting with our partial hospitalization program (PHP) before moving into our Hilton Head outpatient rehab program.

We tailor our outpatient drug rehab programs to suit the needs of each client. Our IOP program may include:

  • Individual and group counseling sessions
  • Behavioral therapy sessions
  • Medical and mental health treatment and monitoring
  • Pharmacological tools
  • Life skills training
  • Access to 24-hour crisis care

BriteLife clients stay in intensive outpatient treatment for an average of 3 to 6 weeks. During this time, clients receive treatment up to 7 times per week and receive an average of 9 hours of support therapy per week.

Intensive outpatient therapy includes a combination of individual and group sessions provided in a safe, supportive environment. Our goal is to empower clients with the tools and information they need to resist relapse. We maintain a low client-to-counselor ratio and do everything possible to accommodate clients’ schedules and ensure they receive the best care possible.

Group Therapy in IOP

Group therapy offers a diverse atmosphere for clients. It brings all BriteLife Recovery clients enrolled in our IOP together for regular sessions. The group therapy structure will vary depending on the therapist leading the discussion. Oftentimes, the therapist emphasizes a particular topic for the gathering and gives clients an opportunity to discuss their individual experiences. Some therapists allow for a more open discussion format, whereas others keep the conversation targeted on a particular theme.

By contributing to a conversation topic, engaging in a group activity, or even just listening, clients can start to mend their addiction struggles while supporting others in the group. Clients feel united in something; a stark contrast from their isolated existence during substance abuse.


Clients continuing their recovery at the IOP level are in the process of bridging their treatment experience to everyday life. Some would say “this is where the rubber meets the road.” At the same time, it’s the opportune time to set goals that will help manage your time, behaviors, sobriety, and home life.

Goals of intensive outpatient programs can include:

  • Maintain sobriety.
  • Demonstrated behavioral change.
  • Joining a 12-step group.
  • Addressing psychosocial issues such as housing, employment, or court requirements.
  • Finding gainful employment.
  • Developing a support system.
  • Improving problem-solving skills.

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