An intensive outpatient program is a form of psychiatric treatment that can be particularly successful for patients making a transition from inpatient care or those diagnosed with an eating disorder or substance addiction. It is appropriate for those who may be in need of more comprehensive treatment than standard outpatient care but who are capable of participating in most normal daily activities.
Intensive outpatient programs frequently provide treatment schedules designed to accommodate typical work hours, so they may offer therapy early in the morning or in the evening. It is often a combination of individual counseling and group therapies that most patients receive. Intensive outpatient programs generally require a commitment of three hours per day for three to five days each week.