Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The Nebraska Medicine intensive outpatient program provides evidence-based, integrated care for people suffering from both addiction and psychiatric disorders. 

The program entails a combination of individual and group therapy, as well as medication-assisted treatment when appropriate, provided by a team of psychiatrists, addiction medicine specialists, social workers and nurses who are experts in both substance use and psychiatric disorders.

Patients come four days a week, three hours per day, for six weeks, allowing them to continue living at home and attending work or school while engaging in comprehensive treatment for their disorders. 

Why come to Nebraska Medicine for the intensive outpatient program?

  • This is a unique program that focuses on people who have both addiction issues and psychiatric disorders, rather than treating just one disorder or the other
  • This program helps fill the gap for individuals struggling with issues such as anxiety or depression alongside substance use disorders, who require more support than weekly or monthly outpatient clinic visits, but don’t need hospitalization
  • It can serve as a step-down treatment option from inpatient or residential care
  • Individualized treatment plans for each person are developed to address addiction issues and psychiatric disorders and to teach skills for coping, managing emotions, mindfulness, appropriate medication use and relapse prevention
  • In addition to individual and group counseling, treatment may also include medications, as well as complimentary therapies such as mindfulness and meditation
  • Our program supports people who require help with more than one disorder, but do not require detoxification or other types of inpatient treatment
  • Family members are encouraged to participate in the program to assist their loved one with recovery