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What Are the Benefits of an IOP?

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Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) offer a wide array of benefits. They provide treatment plans that are structured to allow you to continue focusing on your everyday life while you’re still able to work on healing and recovering. In an intensive outpatient program at NuLife Behavioral Health Massachusetts, you will have a compassionate team to care for you. Reach out to us online today or call 888.568.2057 to speak with our medical professionals about the benefits of an intensive outpatient program and how we can help you overcome your addiction or mental health concern.

What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

An intensive outpatient program is a primary treatment plan that can be beneficial in cases when a substance use disorder or mental health concern is keeping you from living your life. An IOP may also be recommended for those who do not need a medically-supervised detox. While in an intensive outpatient program, you will receive expert help with your ongoing recovery by continuing with prescribed therapies and treatments.

One of the biggest benefits of IOP is that you will be able to use everything you are learning during your sessions right away in the real world. This is because you will still be living at home and, potentially, continuing to work and/or go to school.

Should I Choose an IOP?

The first step in any recovery is acknowledging that you are struggling with a substance use disorder and/or a dependency on:

  • Alcohol
  • Opiates
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Painkillers

If you are asking, “should I choose IOP?” you should know that an IOP may be one way to accomplish your goals. While staying at home and sleeping in your own bed, you’ll still receive quality care on a consistent basis.

The Benefits of IOP

There are many benefits of IOP at NuLife Behavioral Health, including the following.

You Can Keep Supporting Your Family

This is one of the standout benefits of an intensive outpatient program. An IOP gives you the flexibility to continue going to school and work and to keep supporting your family, while getting the essential help needed to recover and learn to live without substances. The IOP will teach your loved one important life lessons through therapy and going through all the phases of recovery. Whether recovering from a substance use disorder or a mental health issue, our clients enjoy the freedom and flexibility to live their life every day while still getting the professional, intensive treatment they need and deserve.

Additionally, within an IOP, you might not need to take a leave of absence from work or miss any classes at school while you recover.

Lower Cost

The cost of intensive outpatient care tends to be less expensive than inpatient treatment. And cost is often the primary reason clients will choose outpatient programs. Many who need intensive treatment for a substance use or mental health disorder simply cannot afford inpatient treatment, but one of the benefits of IOP is that it’s a reasonably priced alternative, allowing more guests to receive the compassionate, expert help they need to heal, overcome, and live long, happy, and healthy lives.


One of the hurdles in recovery from a mental health or substance use disorder is the fear, embarrassment, and shame some clients feel while trying to get help. In our IOP, you’ll be treated by professional staff who are committed to privacy and discretion. The community you will come to rely on in recovery will help you find confidence and feel safe.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Because we understand that mental health challenges and substance use disorders are often intrinsically linked, the benefit of IOP with us is that you or your loved one will be cared for holistically in order to completely heal and recover.

The Intensive Outpatient Program at NuLife Behavioral Health Massachusetts

When you are ready to begin the path toward a life free of anxiety, substances, and eating disorders, NuLife Behavioral Health Massachusetts is where that journey can begin. Contact us using our secure online form or call us confidentially at 888.568.2057 today.