1425 South 700 East, Suite #102, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
1901 Prospector Ave # 30, Park City, UT 84060

185 North 290 West Lindon, UT 84042

Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive Outpatient Program

An Intensive Outpatient Program, or IOP, is a level of care for people struggling with substance abuse, addiction and/or mental health issues. Unlike a residential/rehab program, an IOP meets 3-5 days a week for a minimum of 9 hours each week. Most IOP programs are 8-12 weeks in duration.

With this structure, program participants can get the help they need, while also working at a job, spending time with family, and participating in other aspects of their lives. This is often most appropriate for those transitioning in or out of inpatient residential treatment. In other situations, IOP as an alternative to residential treatment altogether.

Most of the time spent in IOP is in group therapy and educational groups. Sometimes an IOP will provide individual therapy, family therapy, case management, and/or medication management. An IOP may be designed to treat substance abuse disorders, mental health challenges, or both.

Intensive Outpatient treatment is the recommended level of care for individuals with mild-to-moderate symptoms who can manage their own schedules along with family, school and/or employment obligations. Generally, IOP’s are not recommended as the first point of treatment for those with severe addictions or persistent, co-occurring disorders. Prior to completion of a full-time program, these cases are referred to a residential level of care since they require more comprehensive treatment and 24-hour supervision.

Red Willow Intensive Outpatient Program

At Red Willow, our goal is to provide exceptional IOP treatment for both addiction and mental health issues. Our program is evidence-based, which means we utilize treatment components which research has shown to be most effective. Each week, participants will be engaged in:

Group therapy  — Three, 3-hour sessions, each comprised of:

  • Group psychotherapy (2 hours)
  • Group psycho-education (1 hour)

Individual therapy

  • One hour of personal therapy 
  • One case management session (30-60 mins)
  • Breathalyzer checkpoints and full spectrum drug testing

Our groups are facilitated by licensed, master level clinicians and licensed substance abuse counselors. If you have an established doctor or therapist, then we will work closely with them through the course of your treatment.

Our goal is to “wrap around you” to provide you an increased level of support as you begin or continue your recovery journey. We will work together with you to develop tools, establish support, and maintain recovery from substances, mental health issues, or problem behaviors.

Our Services

ASAM Assessment
Admission into the IOP program begins with an assessment that determines the most appropriate level of care. During this process, we will assess your current situation and gather a history from you that will help us design your personal recovery plan.

Admission and Orientation
If the assessment indicates that you are appropriate for an IOP and that we are able to provide you services to address your needs, then we schedule a time for admission. After we complete the necessary paperwork, we provide you and your family with a full orientation to our program. We want you to know the procedures and expectations and be comfortable and familiar with what we do. It also gives us time to meet with your family and involve them as a support for your recovery. 


Process Group
This group is an open format psychotherapy group, which means that there are no specific topics or themes. Participants share personal experiences in a safe environment and receive feedback from peers and the therapist. This is where we learn what we are doing, why we are doing it, and what we want to change.

Psychoeducation Group
In this group, participants learn important concepts about recovery, mental health, and relationships. A variety of topics are explored–Emotional regulation, Communication, Mindfulness, Trauma, Addiction and the brain, etc.—relevant coping skills and relapse prevention techniques are modeled and discussed. 

Experiential Group
This group is a different type of therapy, in that we use experiences to have a different psychological understanding of what we do. This is done through art, movement, psychodrama, and other techniques.

Individual and Family Therapy
Participants meet with their therapist individually for at least one hour each week. At times, a partner or family will join. Individual therapy is a way to look more deeply into a person’s past hurt, and the motivations of what they are doing.

Man-on-streetCase Management
This is an often overlooked but important part of the recovery process. In our case management sessions, participants provide accountability with their personal recovery plan. Relapse triggers and behaviors are identified, and individuals are given support to ensure that resources are available for long-term recovery.

Drug Testing
Many studies have proven the effectiveness of drug testing in promoting long-term recovery. We provide drug testing at least weekly, which results are verified by an outside laboratory. This identifies any slips in your recovery and allows the therapy team to quickly address any relapse, to help you on your path of recovery. It also provides a level of accountability which can be beneficial in preventing the relapse in the first place.

Medication Management
Proper medical oversight by a competent practitioner can be crucial to a person’s recovery process. Medications can help stabilize a person’s mood, help with chronic pain issues, or decrease a person’s cravings for substances. We work with a small number of prescribers to provide this service, and we will also work with any established prescriber of our participants.


At Red Willow, we have both a daytime and an evening program to help people attend IOP treatment without interrupting their daily routine.

Day Schedule
10:00AM-11:30 AM Process Group
11:30 AM-1:00 PM Psychoeducation Group
10:00AM-11:30 AM Process Group
11:30 AM-1:00 PM Psychoeducation Group
10:00AM-11:30 AM Process Group
11:30 AM-1:00 PM Psychoeducation Group

Night Schedule
6:00PM-7:30PM Process Group
7:30PM-9:00PM Psychoeducation Group
6:00PM-7:30PM Process Group
7:30PM-9:00PM Psychoeducation Group
6:00PM-7:30PM Process Group
7:30PM-9:00PM Psychoeducation Group


We are here to support you to live a life of intention and meaning.
If you have further questions, call our IOP directly at:
(385) 202-5315

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