Intensive Outpatient Program

Covington Behavioral Health’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) serves adults age 18 and older who have been struggling with mental health concerns and substance use disorders. The IOP for adults at our treatment center in Covington, Louisiana, provides the focused care and comprehensive support that can help participants achieve improved health.

Who We Serve

Admissions criteria for the intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adults at Covington Behavioral Health in Covington, LA 

The intensive outpatient program at our facility in Covington, Louisiana, accepts adults of all genders, age 18 and older, whose lives have been disrupted by mental health concerns and substance use disorders.  

Our IOP may be an ideal option for adults who can benefit from step-down support after completing a higher level of care. Depending upon their needs, adults may also enter treatment with us directly at the IOP level without having completed prior programming. 

Major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are among the many mental health concerns for which adults can receive treatment through our IOP.  

Please note the following factors that may preclude us from admitting an adult into our IOP: 

  • We are unable to accept adults who are experiencing active suicidal ideation or homicidal ideation, or who are otherwise deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. 
  • Adults who have been incapable of ending their active substance use must complete detoxification prior to starting treatment at the IOP level. These individuals may take part in our on-site medical detox program, then transition directly to our IOP.  

All admissions decisions for our IOP are made on an individual basis following a thorough review of each prospective participant’s history, needs, and treatment goals. If, during the assessment process, we determine that you or your loved one does not meet our IOP admissions criteria, we may recommend a different level of care or refer you to another trusted provider.  

How We Help

Features of treatment in the intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adults at Covington Behavioral Health in Covington, LA 

To provide the most appropriate services that best meet the specific needs of each adult who takes part in our IOP, Covington Behavioral Health offers both a substance use program and a mental health program at the IOP level. 

  • Both programs incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI).  
  • The mental health program also includes reality therapy (RT). 
  • The substance use program also features both the 12-Step Recovery Model and the Matrix Model. 

Participants in each of these programs receive personalized treatment plans and engage in a variety of customized therapeutic interventions. IOP services at Covington Behavioral Health include medication management, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and experiential therapies. 

IOP clients who receive medication management services may meet with a psychiatrist every 21 days. Medications are monitored and administered by psychiatric nurse practitioners. 

Individual and family therapy sessions may be scheduled as needed throughout an adult’s time in IOP at our treatment center in Covington, Louisiana.  

Multiple group therapy sessions are offered every treatment day. Groups at the IOP level include psychoeducation groups and process groups. Topics addressed in group therapy include early recovery skills, relapse prevention skills, coping skillsgrounding techniques, griefand education about mental health diagnoses and substance use disorders.  

IOP clients also typically take part in daily experiential therapies. Examples of experiential therapies at our IOP for adults in Covington, Louisiana, include role playing, multimedia psychotherapy, mapping, and guided imagery.  

All therapy sessions at the IOP level are led by experienced and compassionate professionals, including licensed social workers (LSWs) and licensed addiction counselors (LACs). 

Typical length of stay in the IOP is eight weeks for adults who are receiving care for substance use disorders, and four to 12 weeks for adults who are getting help for mental health concerns. We offer transportation to clients who live within a 50-mile radius of our hospital.

Why Choose IOP

Benefits of taking part in the intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adults at Covington Behavioral Health in Covington, LA 

The intensive outpatient program for adults at our treatment center in Covington, Louisiana, offers an array of benefits for individuals whose lives have been impacted by mental health concerns and substance use disorders. 

For example, our IOP features a dynamic balance between structured clinical services and ample opportunities to engage in a healthy and productive independent lifestyle. IOP participants may work, attend school, take part in volunteer activities, and put their developing skills to use in other real-world situations. Treatment offers a supportive environment in which they can process their experiences and prepare for future successes. 

IOP at Covington Behavioral Health also introduces adults to the power and promise of community. Mental health concerns and substance use disorders can cause adults to experience shame, guilt, and isolation. When adults take part in the IOP at our hospital in Covington, Louisiana, they discover that they are not alone. Group therapy, which is a significant part of treatment at the IOP level, allows clients to share their thoughts and feelings, learn from the insights of others, form healthy and mutually beneficial relationships, and practice positive communication and problem-solving skills.  

Prior to transitioning out of our care, each adult who completes our IOP receives a detailed discharge plan. This personalized document identifies the resources and services that will support their continued progress in the weeks, months, and years after their time with us.  

At Covington Behavioral Health, we understand that our IOP will be just one step in your path toward improved health. We’re committed to preparing you for long-term success. 

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If you feel that you or your loved one may benefit from the high-quality care we provide, please do not hesitate to contact us. We, at Covington Behavioral Health, hope to be the place where you or your loved one can begin a journey toward long-term healing.

Covington's individualized programs gave me the flexibility I needed to get treatment while not interrupting my schedule.

– a former patient
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