IOP for Mental Health

Mental health IOPs are programs meant to help those dealing with severe mental illnesses. These problems can leads to an increased risk of a number of different issues including substance abuse, suicidal ideation, self harm, and more, all of which can be improved by a mental health IOP.

This is where a mental health intensive outpatient program can help. We’re all busy and when it’s not possible to drop out of your daily social and professional commitments to go to an inpatient program or another higher level of care, a mental health intensive outpatient program, or IOP, proves viable. Let’s take a look at how you can still spend time with your family and keep up with your work while receiving professional mental health IOP treatment.

But, before we do that, let’s get a better understanding of what a mental health IOP actually is.

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By: Renaissance Recovery

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What is an IOP in Mental Health?

Mental health IOP is a form of treatment in which an individual goes through various mental health treatment services including both individual therapy and group therapy sessions for a segmented amount of time during the day, or throughout the week. This allows them to get the benefits of traditional treatment while not interfering with their own personal schedule.

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Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program

Mental health disorders, and substance use disorders commonly occur together. If you or a loved one is dealing with both problems, a mental health IOP will be critical for a thorough and long-lasting recovery. If one part of the puzzle is left untreated, there is a great chance of relapse in symptoms and drug use. Experts utilize dual diagnosis in mental health treatment in Southern California to address both conditions.

Going to a mental health IOP in Orange County provides a more structured therapeutic environment than regular outpatient programs.  A mental health intensive outpatient program in Southern California addresses the root issues of mental health and substance use symptoms, and also makes the most of medication management. Thorough treatment includes a mix of evidence-based and holistic treatment programs to heal the mind and body. Addiction therapy programs used in conjunction with a mental health intensive outpatient program in Southern California can include various styles of therapy such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Along with these, other treatment options can include various programmings such as a partial hospitalization program or a medication-assisted treatment program.

Mental health disorders left untreated can lead to bigger issues. Untreated mental health conditions have serious consequences like dangerous symptoms, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, incarceration, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or homelessness. For this reason, seeking out a mental health facility can be critical for your life or a loved one’s.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Mental health disorders are not something to be taken lightly. Problems like depressionanxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can all have detrimental effects on an individual’s overall well-being. The best way to work to overcome these issues is to seek out the help of trained, licensed mental health counselors who can work with you or your loved one to conquer these issues.

During mental health counseling, clients will go through a myriad of different treatment modalities to help them overcome whatever type of mental health disorder they may be suffering from. Clients may experience everything from family therapy, to cognitive behavioral therapy, to eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing during their time in a mental health treatment facility.

Mental health counseling services, like those offered at Renaissance Recovery, must take into account each client’s specific disorder(s) to ensure that they are getting the proper treatment needed for their condition.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services

The outpatient mental health services offered at Renaissance works to help clients not only overcome the issues that they are struggling with, but also stay free and clear from these problems even after they leave the program.

To achieve this, our master’s-level clinicians work with our clients through a number of different treatment modalities to identify and overcome the root problem. At Renaissance, we understand that each individual client is different and will have their own specific needs – our mental health treatment services reflect this, with each client receiving their own individual treatment plan to help them on their path forward.

Through this personalized approach to mental health counseling, we can work to ensure that all of our clients’ needs are being met and that they are put in the best possible position for long-term growth and recovery. 

After leaving Renaissance, clients will have access to a robust group of alumni and community members who are dedicated to the continued healing process. Regular events and activities are planned to help keep clients in touch and ensure that they are still continuing on their path toward improved long-term well-being.

Benefits of Mental Health IOP

There are many benefits to mental health intensive outpatient programs in Southern California. Although time-intensive, going to an IOP program allows you to stay close to your family. It reduces the hassle of balancing daily errands and treatment responsibilities. The program works with your schedule, so you don’t drop out of a demanding career or a loving home life. In the same fashion, treatment maintains a higher level of discretion. Not to mention, it’s more affordable than residential treatment programs.

Equally important, mental health IOP allows you to see that you are not alone. In therapy, you are amongst your peers all working towards lasting recovery, similar to a support group. Community-focused programs boost your mindfulness, self-worth, and confidence. As listed above, many evidence-based and holistic programs let experts assess your best path to recovery. Additional resources like the vocational development program help you get back on your feet. This program not only creates a plan for clients to successfully learn important life skills, but also helps them enroll in school or find steady employment.

In order to put your mind at ease, Renaissance Recovery has programs to address the root issues of your mental health. With more support and a stronger foundation, long-lasting recovery stays within reach.

Depression is diagnosed as an overall mood disorder. It’s symptoms include feelings of sadness, loss, or anger that mitigate a person’s general happiness and ability to accomplish things.

It’s unfortunately a very common mental health disorder. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dictate that as many as 8.1 percent of American adults the age of 20 and over have once encountered or had depression in any 2-week timeframe from 2013 to 2016.

Luckily, there are depression therapy programs in place to help those who are struggling with this form of mental illness learn the tools and coping skills they need to overcome.

PTSD is a mental health disorder that some people manifest after witnessing shocking life events, such as an automobile accident, sexual or physical assault, rape, war trauma, and more. It’s very standard to have traumatic memories, mental stressors, feel unsettled, or have trouble resting after this type of shock to the system.

Should symptoms last more than three months, it could be PTSD. The positive news is that there is hope for people experiencing PTSD, as it is treatable. Through the use of various PTSD recovery programs that utilize evidence-based treatment methods, such as eye-movement densensitization and reprocessing, clients can work to overcome their struggles.

Anxiety disorders fall under the mood disorder classification for a mental health diagnosis. Anxiety may lead to extreme amounts of nervousness, shakiness, apprehension, and general worry.

This mood disorder alters how a person intakes emotions and behaves, also creating physical symptoms in the body. Mild anxiety might be mostly manageable and unsettling, while severe anxiety may seriously impact normal day to day activities like trying to open a car door or stack a pile of papers.

Anxiety as a mental health issue affects up to 40 million people in the United States.

It is one of the most common mental illnesses in America.

Strangely, only 36.9 percent of people who possess anxiety disorder receive treatment for this issue.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disorder in which people have nonstop, unwanted thoughts that make them feel obligated to do something repeatedly and with precision (compulsions) — what specifically will vary person to person.

These repetitive behaviors can significantly hamper a person’s daily activities and social relationships.

Many people without OCD can have alarming thoughts and repeat doing things with extreme frequency in an obsessive manner.

However, the obsessive thoughts and behaviors do not typically interfere with their daily life. People with OCD often have thoughts are persistent, and behaviors are consistently obsessive. They may know that they have OCD or are overreacting but ultimately, one can’t really know till they speak to a mental health professional. The mental health disorders listed above are just some of but not the full scope of mental health disorders we treat at Renaissance.

Mental health disorders take a great toll on human life and everyday activities. It can be difficult to perform an intervention with a loved one and let them know they need help, but it is worthwhile. Help is available if you need it and there is always a path forward.


At Renaissance Recovery, our mental health specialists and therapists are well versed in the ins and outs of mental health disorders. You may ask, how do I get in touch with a professional today? Below we discuss options for treatment and ways to reach Renaissance.

Outpatient Therapy Programs

For those dealing with mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and more, it is vital to find a therapy program that is right for you. An outpatient program may be just that.

Outpatient therapy programs allow clients to get the full, intensive care of mental health treatment while still living at home and following through with personal and social commitments.

To get a better understanding of the outpatient therapy programs at Renaissance Recovery and learn more about various treatment offerings like cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and more, give our team a call today.

Mental Health and Addiction Covered by Insurance

If you are looking into help for mental health problems, it is important to be aware of the overlap that often happens between mental health and substance abuse disorders. If you or a loved one is dealing with either or both of these issues and you are looking to find an addiction or mental health treatment covered by insurance, our team here at Renaissance Recovery can help you. 

While your specific costs will depend entirely on your specific situation, coverage, and healthcare provider. 

To learn more about what you might be in store for when it comes to mental health or addiction treatment, please reach out to our admissions team and discover what we can do for you.

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IOP Mental Health Near Me

Complete recovery from co-occurring issues is possible after an intake assessment at Renaissance Recovery Rehab Center in Huntington Beach. That is to say, a healthy life in recovery starts with a strong foundation built by mental health IOP treatment. Overcome your mental health disorder with individualized treatment plans. Our mental health intensive outpatient services program leaves you with continued local clinical, emotional, and peer support systems.

Live free from mental health and substance abuse symptoms. Contact Renaissance Recovery to learn more about our mental health intensive outpatient programs in Southern California and drug rehab in California. Call 866.268.1206 today to start your recovery and speak with recovery experts!

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