Intensive Outpatient Treatment

man with arms stretched outThe intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP) at Glendale Adventist Alcohol and Drug Services (GAADS) is recommended when a person with a dependency illness has living circumstances and daily structure such as a work or school time commitments that are supportive for recovery.

IOP is best for those who have never had chemical dependency treatment before, but have had multiple serious life problems directly due to drug or alcohol abuse. GAADS delivers this service typically in the evenings and over the weekend, in a manner that would allow a person to stay at work or some other important commitment.

People admitted to IOP are seen for a history and physical examination by a qualified physician. Twelve-step recovery participation is required. IOP can be provided during the day, as often as six days per week, but is usually provided four days per week, as follows:


  • 6:30PM-8:15PM - First Step or Process Group
  • 8:30PM - 9:30PM - Process Group and outpatient education


  • 6:30PM-8:15PM - Men's or Women's Group
  • 8:30PM-9:30PM - Process Group and outpatient education


  • 6:30PM-8:15PM - First Step or Process Group
  • 8:30PM-9:30PM - Process Group and outpatient education


  • 9:00AM-10:00AM - Multi-Family Education Group
  • 10:15AM-12:15PM - Multi-Family Group

Patients are required to attend at least three AA, NA, or CA meetings weekly in addition to treatment.

IOP follows a path of eight weeks, or 32 sessions and is often provided following stabilization from another level of care, including detoxification, residential or day treatment. Discharge from IOP occurs upon completion of a written first step and treatment plans, education, 12-step recovery goals, family involvement and discharge planning. Learn about continuing care.

To learn more about intensive outpatient treatment, call (818) 242-3116.

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