Virtual IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program)

What is Virtual IOP?

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At Renaissance Recovery, we offer virtual intensive outpatient programming for clients who are unable to join us for treatment at our facility.

Our virtual IOP is an online intensive outpatient program for drug and alcohol addiction. This program is ideal for anyone committed to recovery but can’t attend an in person program.

Our virtual IOP program includes:

  • Daily group therapy
  • Group counseling sessions
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) sessions
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) sessions
  • & More
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What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Like?

At your virtual outpatient program, you’ll receive treatments that are typical to in-person programs called IOPs (Intensive Outpatient Programs). In a virtual setting, you’ll get all of the benefits of IOP without having to leave the comfort of your home. 

An IOP program is created for individuals who don’t need 24/7 residential rehab in order to stay sober, but could benefit from the accountability, therapy, and structure that an outpatient program can provide. 

An Intensive Outpatient Program (also known as partial hospitalization program) is a more intensive version of a typical outpatient program, and a less intensive version of inpatient (residential) care. IOPs sit somewhere in the middle, serving as a great transitional treatment between the two programs. 

Delivering a combination of medication-assisted treatment and psychotherapy, virtual IOP programs are a cost-effective and convenient treatment option that can be attended virtually. 

Since the pandemic at the end of 2019, many people with alcohol use disorder and substance use disorder initially found physical barriers in place blocking the treatment they needed. Online IOP programs soon started springing up to fill this gap, and a virtual IOP has many applications beyond sidestepping social distancing limitations.

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Virtual IOP Programs Schedule

At IOP, you attend in person treatment sessions at a treatment center, usually for a minimum of 9 hours weekly. IOPs are the part-time equivalent of PHPs, where you often spend 35 hours weekly in counseling and therapy sessions. At the end of each day, you return home, or to a sober living home if your living environment is unsupportive.

All of these meetings are held using Skype, Zoom, or similar teleconferencing software. If you have a smart device and an internet connection, you can kickstart your recovery without needing to make t3-4 weekly trips to a treatment center.

For less serious substance use disorders or as a step down from previous treatment, intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are proven to be as effective as inpatient rehab. This includes Virtual IOP programs as well, which can be a benefit for many out of state individuals seeking treatment, don’t have access to childcare, or simply can’t attend in person for any reason.

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How To Begin Virtual IOP Treatment

To get started with a virtual IOP, you’ll first need to find a suitable addiction treatment center offering this programming. Our treatment centers at Gratitude Lodge offer this program, and our team of addiction experts are happy to answer any questions you may have by giving us a call today.

Once you call an addiction center, you can expect a thorough assessment from a licensed addiction specialist. Then, once you are enrolled in the virtual IOP, you’ll attend your therapy sessions online alongside others at various stages on their own recovery journeys.

These online IOP programs really help for those that need the intensive outpatient treatment but also the increased amount of flexibility that the virtual aspect provides. With online IOP, Our clients are able to focus on recovery in the comfort of their own homes whilst continuing on with their daily lives.


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Does Insurance Cover Virtual IOP?

While not every treatment centers accept all major insurance providers, Renaissance Recovery accepts most PPO insurance carriers for an online intensive outpatient program.

To find out if you are covered for virtual IOP treatment, use our quick and easy insurance verification to see what your coverage will be. You can also call our admissions team and chat with us about your treatment options, and whether they will be covered. 

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Benefits of IOP Classes Online

Maybe you don’t want to attend a treatment center but you don’t feel you can stay on track with your recovery without support and accountability in place.

Virtual IOPs allow you to stay firmly anchored to the progress of your recovery, charting your goals as you progress with your online treatment team.

Depending on your treatment goals, the scope and severity of your addiction, as well as any co-occurring disorders, a virtual IOP might be just what you’re looking for, or entirely unsuitable. You should now know enough to determine whether you feel online addiction treatment would work for you.

Here are some of the most prominent benefits of virtual IOPs:

  1. Convenience

  2. Evidence-based treatment

  3. Highly personalized

  4. Learn tools to maintain progress with your recovery


If you have a hectic schedule, finding yourself continuously crunched for time and juggling responsibilities, packing your bags, and heading to residential rehab might be impractical.

For some people, even attending sessions at a treatment center around existing commitments can be too challenging, and this is where the super-convenient virtual IOP comes into its own.

As long as you have a few hours to yourself and access to an internet connection, you can pursue your recovery remotely with all the support you need on hand. While online rehab can never replace the impact that in-person treatment can have, it can help people whose hands are a bit tied with their schedules.

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Evidence-Based Treatment

Even though a virtual IOP program delivers treatment remotely, that doesn’t mean you miss out on evidence-based addiction treatment. At Renaissance Recovery, our evidence based modalities include:

  • CBT

  • DBT

  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment

  • & Holistic Treatments

Behavioral health treatments like these are delivered by cognitive-behavioral specialists. You’ll learn to identify what triggers you to use drink or drugs, and you’ll then explore healthier coping strategies for the stress of everyday life that don’t involve substance abuse.

Both group therapy and individual therapy sessions for mental health treatment are highly effective in recovery success, and are delivered by licensed therapists in virtual settings. Trauma-informed care is important to us, and is one of the core components of all the best virtual intensive outpatient programs.

You can also benefit from online access to holistic therapies and experiential therapies, helping you to pursue a whole-body approach to healing.

Highly Personalized Programming

Addiction and recovery are both highly individualized experiences. No two addictions are identical, and there is no universally effective treatment.

Remote addiction treatment may lack some of the benefits of a program delivered at a physical treatment center, but in return, you can expect an even more personalized program.

Everything about a virtual IOP can be tailored to you and your long-term sobriety, equipping you with the all of the therapies and coping skills you need during your online IOP treatment.

What to Look for in Virtual Outpatient Treatment

What to look for in an online addiction treatment, alcohol, substance abuse, or mental health treatment program will depend on your needs The most critical thing is to ensure that the treatment program in question specializes in treating your specific mental health disorder and/or your substance abuse issues.

Beyond this, investigate the quality and commitment of online IOP treatment team. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, and healthcare professionals.

If you live in the Orange County area, our licensed therapists and addiction experts can help you through our virtual IOP programs here at Renaissance Recovery Center.

Virtual Alcohol IOP

Alcoholism can affect all aspects of someone’s life. Having access to a virtual IOP program that is catered to those with alcohol addiction can help them continue with their lives but also find sobriety. 

We also offer programs like sober living homes, alcohol rehab, and addiction therapy to ensure long-lasting recovery.

Virtual Drug IOP

One important part about finding an intensive outpatient program that is right for you is receiving treatment from an experienced team of addiction experts that specialize in your addiction. At Renaissance, our therapists and addiction treatment professionals can treat all kinds of drug abuse disorders and individualize a treatment plan to your specific needs.


Mental Health Virtual IOP

Our Virtual IOP mental health programs incorporate different therapies and evidence based psychiatry methods to individualize a treatment plan that caters specifically to your mental health concerns and wellness needs. Our experienced teams offer cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, adventure therapy and other programs to promote your mental health and well-being.

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Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program at Renaissance Recovery

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, Renaissance Recovery’s virtual online Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is here to help you start your journey to healing.

Our virtual IOP substance abuse programs provide mental health and addiction therapy sessions, family therapy, and ongoing support remotely, tailored to your needs. We focus on addressing the root cause of addiction, leading to better outcomes and quality care for long-lasting recovery.

Contact Renaissance Recovery’s clinical team today at 866.330.9449 to discuss personalizing a virtual IOP program.

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