The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides therapy, education, and medical treatment to drug- and/or alcohol-dependent individuals (and their family members) who wish to continue work during early recovery.

A relationship exists between the length of outpatient treatment and long-term sobriety. The largest percentage of individuals who relapse do so in the first 90 days. IOP is available to help during this critical period by presenting a forum for recovering individuals to learn and process new behavioral skills and to integrate them into daily living.

The program consists of group therapy, family therapy, and medical groups that meet three days each week. The groups offer:

  • an opportunity to talk about pertinent issues
  • education on the recovery process
  • a chance to educate family and friends on the nature of addiction
  • referral for necessary medical care.

Participants are also seen by an individual therapist regularly.

Program Groups

Orientation Group introduces new members to program components and rules before joining the larger groups. Self-help group orientation and schedules are distributed.

Therapy Group meets on Monday and Thursday from 4 pm to 6 pm Participants are encouraged to talk about issues related to addiction as well as those affecting daily life (i.e., marital, family, work, or financial problems).

Medical Group meets on Tuesday from 4 pm to 5 pm Members meet with a team of physicians and residents to discuss health and medical issues. Sessions include lectures on medical issues related to addictions, proper medical care, and medication issues. Referrals for further treatment may be recommended.

Family Group meets on Tuesday from 5 pm to 6:30 pm following the Medical Group. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring family members or others close to them.

It is well documented that the addicted person impacts the lives of approximately 6 other people. Information about the nature of addiction and its impact on the family is provided, and discussion is encouraged.

IOP Rules

  • Participants must want to abstain from all mood- or mind-altering chemicals.
  • Participants commit to regular group attendance. If unable to attend, cancellation must be communicated.
  • Participants agree to take medication as prescribed and agree to random drug screening.
  • Participants agree to attend self-help meetings in the community (such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous).
  • Participants encourage relevant family members and significant others to attend Family Group meetings weekly with them.
  • Participants will not have romantic involvement or relationships with other individuals participating in the IOP.
  • Participants assume financial responsibility for any payment or co-payment toward treatment cost.

IOP Schedule

All meetings take place at Chestnut Ridge Center Outpatient Services.

Therapy Group 4 pm – 6 pm

Medical Group 4 pm – 5 pm
Family Group 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Therapy Group 4 pm – 6 pm

Length of participation in the IOP varies and usually lasts on an average of 12 weeks. Program staff will recommend follow-up treatment on an individualized basis.

You may join the IOP program by calling 304-598-4214 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Other Addiction Groups

Men’s Group

This weekly group is available to men who wish to explore common issues such as relationships, feelings, father/son issues, violence, and dating.

(Comprehensive Opioid Addiction Treatment)

Opioid addicts seeking recovery from substance use may be treated in a weekly clinic that includes drug screening, required self-help attendance, group therapy, and medical management. Appropriateness for the treatment will be established through an intake evaluation.

For more information or to join one or more of the addiction groups call 304-598-4214.