IOP with Lift Off is open-ended, which means that clients may choose what works for them. If residential treatment and continuing care were thought of as stepping stones across a deep pond, then the intensive outpatient program (IOP treatment center) would represent the final step towards solid ground. Unlike Lift Off’s other aftercare programs, an outpatient treatment program does not occur along a continuum, but is rather employed in an unorthodox way, which we have found from experience – and supported by the most current research – suggests that at this phase of an addict’s treatment and recovery, a unique approach works best. At Lift Off, an IOP program is fluid. The emphasis is not on administering standardized modalities of treatment or prescribing from a set of psychological assumptions. Instead, it’s one that employs whatever modality is most useful to the individual and the group at any given moment.


  • Three group therapy sessions per day, held Monday through Friday
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Individual case management sessions
  • Specialized group sessions, with topics including but not limited to dual diagnosis, trauma, grief and loss, life skills, body image, codependency, mindfulness and meditation, and stress management
  • Pre-admission evaluation, assessment, and customized treatment planning
  • Random drug and alcohol testing
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Introduction to 12-step programs and meetings
  • Family therapy program and weekly support groups
  • Medication management and consultation
  • Career and education counseling
  • Legal support and assistance
  • Rehab alumni program meetings and events for continued involvement

Whenever necessary, clients may enroll for additional time and still work on continuing to move their recovery process forward. As each person begins the process of integration into a self-supporting daily routine the Lift Off IOP treatment center still helps clients. Personal challenges receive clinical support and the staff shares personal recovery experiences. Clients can truly begin to become independent as local resources are readily available. Our location is near educational resources, vocational schools, and other supportive services. We are also close to bus lines and grocery stores.

By the time clients leave they have the tools to manage a daily recovery routine as fully independent recovering people.


Lift Off’s outpatient treatment provides an exclusive array of addiction treatment services that have been created to meet the needs of a very specific niche population, within the greater Lift Off population of addict’s we treat. The primary treatment objectives during IOP address the transitional needs of clients suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction or substance abuse. During an intensive outpatient program, we provide safe reintegration into mainstream society. The treatment curriculum during intensive outpatient provides a safe place to continue work on co-occurring conditions and underlying issues. Alumni also receive a host of applicable life skills. Wherever possible, treatment coordinates in clinical continuity with referring professionals.


During IOP the clinical team supports clients processing feelings and emotions that surround the transition from alcohol and drug rehab. IOP also helps to implement a supportive network of services for solving the triggers of an independent daily living routine. This tactic allows the therapists and staff to engage clients wherever they are on the recovery spectrum. No standard approach is as effective at reaching addicts in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th months of recovery, as protocols that flow organically from the individual and the group. This is an observation which also applies to alumni with accrued years of sobriety under their belts.

Even these people, former clients, and alumni who are in their 2nd or 3rd years of recovery, participate in the outpatient program, because of its inherent clinical benefits. Additionally, a sense of camaraderie pervades intensive outpatient program participants more strongly than the bonds shared between those participating in our other aftercare programs.

As a final word on Lift Off’s intensive outpatient program rehab services, it is significant to note that the majority of care provided inevitably revolves around the unresolved and continuing issues generated by the addict’s dual diagnosis status (more below). When confronting two distinct sets of issues, or issues that overlap symptomatically but whose origins are separate, outpatient care is indispensable. When applied correctly, it strives to include every foreseeable problem-area as well as any unforeseen occurrences that might hinder a safer transition out of inpatient treatment. Assessments of each person create a comprehensive plan best suited to a person’s specific circumstances.


The extended care program provides transitional support for a variety of individual circumstances as well as for a variety of different levels of commitment to the recovery process. As a component of enrollment in an intensive outpatient program, the clinical team assesses each client to determine what risk factors play a role in their maintaining sustained recovery success. Once these risk factors have been identified a personalized treatment plan is developed to assist each client in furthering their commitment to recovery.

Additionally, individual life-goals based on personal passions and interests outline a plan of action for achieving these goals. Vocational and educational placement is a component of the Lift Off’s extended care program. Our location and relationships with local colleges and sober employers ease the difficulty of enrollment and/or hiring. They also help instill a sense of purpose on the pathway to recovery. From this phase of treatment, a foundation into self-supporting recovery is actualized.

If you or someone you know needs help with addiction or substance abuse issues contact Lift Off at 1-714-783-5657. Start recovery today. Credentialed intake specialists will assist you in determining which level of care you need including an intensive outpatient program. Lift Off can also provide you with referrals to receive any help you need.