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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

March 15, 2024

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IOP sober living is a very popular form of addiction treatment, delivering the structure and support of inpatient programming without the cost or the restrictions. 

Today, we’ll highlight how intensive outpatient treatment can be effective, even if your home environment is sub-optimal, and even if you can’t afford residential rehab.

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How to Maintain Sobriety After Treatment

Sober living homes can be instrumental in the recovery process for those lacking a safe and supportive home environment conducive to their needs. Maybe you have family members abusing substances. Perhaps your addiction has caused serious relationship issues and you need to kickstart your recovery without simultaneously dealing with marital problems. 

In a sober living community, you’ll be based in a setting where alcohol and drugs are prohibited, and you’ll likely need to submit to drug tests. You should view this in a positive light as it benefits you and others like you, ensuring there are no temptations in your path as you transition from active addiction to sobriety and recovery. 

Many people choose to live at a sober living facility while engaging in outpatient treatment for substance use disorder, alcohol use disorder, or co-occurring disorder (an addiction and mental health condition occurring at the same time). 

For others, a sober living community works well as a step down on the continuum of care from residential rehab. Surrounded by a ready-made social network of sober friends, and with access to all the treatment and aftercare you need to be facilitated, a sober living home is an independent property that’s separate from an addiction treatment center

The structure in place – some sober living homes even have curfews – and the level of support is highly beneficial for many people struggling to transition smoothly from the sheltered environment of inpatient rehab into the harsh reality of day-to-day life. 

Your stay at a sober living home will not be time-limited, assuming you pay all your dues and you abide by the rules and regulations.

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Finding IOP Sober Living Near Me

If you’ve been frantically Googling for “IOP sober living near me”, this is not a bad place to start your search. 

You have two main objectives here: 

  1. Finding an affordable and suitable sober living community
  2. Finding the most appropriate IOP (intensive outpatient program)

With the right sober living community, you’ll enjoy the following: 

  • Support and guidance on-demand
  • The chance to live independently, but in a safe, sober environment
  • Start a more seamless transition into daily life
  • Make more meaningful sober connections
  • Minimize your risk of relapsing

All sober living homes have rules, so make sure that you are comfortable with the restrictions in place. You should also check when you’re researching that the standard of accommodation and amenities meets your approval. 

Engaging with a specialized IOP that caters to the scope and severity of your addiction is a decision not to be taken lightly.  With addiction impacting millions of Americans, you could start your choice for an IOP near you by asking friends and family for recommendations.

If this fails to generate any worthwhile leads, start searching online for “intensive outpatient program near me” or “IOP near me”.

We can shortcut your search by outlining how the Florida and California rehab at Renaissance Recovery can work effectively in combination with sober living.

Outpatient Sober Care

In the case of either alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder, you have many more options than inpatient or residential rehab. Indeed, for all but the more severe addictions, outpatient treatment is often sufficient to initiate a sustained recovery. 

For mild and moderate addictions, then, outpatient treatment can be effective. Indeed, research shows that intensive outpatient programs, commonly abbreviated to IOPs, are just as effective as inpatient treatment for most substance use disorders or co-occurring disorders, assuming there is no requirement for medical detox or around-the-clock care. 

With an IOP at Renaissance, you’ll live at home or at a sober living home while you attend therapy and counseling sessions for a few hours on weekdays. This is beneficial because you are in an area of sobriety where you can focus on recovery in the amazing climate of California.

Engaging with an intensive outpatient program lets you stay anchored to your home and work life while still allowing yourself the time to focus on your recovery around your existing commitments. 

Most IOPs are delivered over 9 to 15 hours weekly, typically in 3-hour blocks. With variable timing to mesh with your schedule, an IOP is one of the most flexible forms of addiction treatment and we can even integrate virtual IOP to help work with your schedule. 

Expect to spend 12 to 16 weeks engaging with an IOP at Renaissance, benefiting from more structure and support than a conventional outpatient program provides. 

A PHP (partial hospitalization program) is a full-time equivalent of an IOP, offering you access to broadly similar services but with a greater time commitment of 30 hours per week.

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Renaissance Recovery’s IOP and Sober Living

For some clients, an IOP at Renaissance serves as the primary form of care. For others, it is a step down from residential rehab, or a step up from a regular outpatient treatment program. 

Typically, you continue to engage with some form of outpatient aftercare upon completing an IOP. At Renaissance, we’ll help you access all relevant services. 

To get started, reach out to our addiction hotline at 866.330.9449.



At Renaissance Recovery our goal is to provide evidence-based treatment to as many individuals as possible. Give us a call today to verify your insurance coverage or to learn more about paying for addiction treatment.

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Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.

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