What is Intensive Outpatient Program?

Category: Psychotherapy


An intensive outpatient program is an intermediate level of mental health care. Individuals are seen as a group 2 to 5 times a week (depending on the structure of the program) for 2 to 3 hours at a time.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Support mental / emotional health 26 31
major depressive disorder 16 8
Depressed mood 12 10
alcohol use disorder 7 2
drug use disorder 6 1
eating disorder 6 4

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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 4
Mild 2
None 35

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Intensive Outpatient Program

Side effect Patients
Anticipatory anxiety 1
Confusion 1
Depression with anxiety 1
Depression with suicidal thoughts 1
hypomania 1
Increased anxiety 1

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Based on patients currently going to Intensive Outpatient Program

Dosage Patients
540 min weekly 2
60 min weekly 1
270 min weekly 1
840 min weekly 1
1,080 min weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Intensive Outpatient Program

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 17
Felt finished with this treatment 15
Other 10
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 8
Doctor's advice 7
Expense 4
Found another therapist or program I preferred 4
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 4
I didn't have enough time 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
See all 48 patients who've stopped going to Intensive Outpatient Program


Currently going to Intensive Outpatient Program

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped going to Intensive Outpatient Program

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence Evaluations
Always 29
Usually 12
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 15
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 13
Not specified 24
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3 patient evaluations for Intensive Outpatient Program

Nov 17, 2011 (Started Oct 18, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 900 min Weekly
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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Mar 5, 2010 (Started Feb 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 min Weekly

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Jan 25, 2009 (Started Nov 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Depression with anxiety, hypomania)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 180 min Daily
Advice & Tips: I was removed from the Intensive Outpatient Program. I feared for my safety because of some very rude and endangering comments made by a patient, and the therapists did not handle the situation. This put me on the defensive, very anxious, and it eventually made me hypomanic for the last week of treatment. Despite my attempts to have the situation dealt with, nothing was done (he was making very scary comments about killing faggots). Afterthis, I was very short tempered constantly, and found myself snapping at other patients, whom I got along with up until then. When I would get snappy, my heart would race, I would sweat uncontrolably, and I wouldn't be able to think or calm down. This resulted in making the other patients very uncomfortable, and they began to attack my character. I lost my temper and yelled at a person in the group and was taken out. This experience was not effective in helping me deal with my bipolar disorder, even with it's extensive therapy. It made me realize how serious my bipolar disorder is, and how difficult it is for me to work with groups of people for a period of time. Although this program was informative about my addiction issues, it actually made my bipolar symptoms worse, which is backbone to my addiction issues. Being a patient in the intensive outpatient program was counterproductive to my healing.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Depression with anxiety

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