Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at AspenRidge Recovery Fort Collins

man and woman at the intensive outpatient program in Fort Collins CO An intensive outpatient rehab is a great treatment option for someone who’s serious about getting clean but would like some flexibility.

Intensive outpatient program (IOP) rehab is a bit different than an inpatient rehab. One of the main differences is the amount of treatment sessions the patient has to go to. An outpatient rehab often has patients attend just a few hours of treatment on a weekly basis, whereas inpatient rehabs require the client to stay at the facility for their entire treatment program, which is usually around 28 days.

Any type of outpatient rehab is a recovery treatment option for those who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction. IOP and outpatient rehabs accept addicts that don’t yet need to undergo the process of residential treatment. Outpatient rehabs are more flexible with their schedules and locations than inpatient rehabs.

What Is Intensive Outpatient Rehab?

This will help you understand the difference between outpatient and inpatient treatment.


Do I Need an Intensive Outpatient Program or Inpatient Treatment?

An outpatient rehab, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, can accept people who meet the following criteria.

  • The individual has a substance abuse disorder as defined by the DSM-IV
  • They do not require a higher level of care for detoxification
  • There are no serious medical complications
  • They are motivated, at least somewhat, to complete treatment
  • They are capable of remaining mostly sober throughout the treatment
  • Someone needing inpatient treatment requires a much more intensive and comprehensive support system in order to complete their rehabilitation.
  • They likely have much more serious addiction problems than those who can complete a standard outpatient rehab program.
  • The individual may have other problems that require more behavioral health services

Regardless, both outpatient and inpatient rehabs share a single purpose. They are developed to help substance abusers overcome their problems. IOPs can help people with all types of addictions, from alcohol to street drugs to prescriptions.


Why Choose AspenRidge Recovery Fort Collins for Your Intensive Outpatient Program?

If you’ve read this far, you’re probably trying to decide whether or not you need an intensive outpatient rehab. Everyone’s different, so we can’t be sure – however, we can help you make an informed decision. This article should give you enough information to decide whether or not you should apply to our IOP.

IOP rehab is generally not as strenuous as inpatient rehab. You aren’t stuck in a residential facility and won’t be monitored 24 hours a day. This gives you a lot more freedom.
Outpatient rehab programs let you go home, see friends and family, and generally are a lot more flexible than inpatient rehabs.

Intensive outpatient treatment at AspenRidge Recovery Fort Collins follows different guidelines for different types of patients. We know that there isn’t just one type of addiction – and because of that, we know there’s no type of rehabilitation that will work for everyone. Our counselors can assess you and find out what you need most.

Intensive Outpatient Programs generally have more flexible schedules for participants. In fact, sometimes you’re able to pick and choose which meeting times are best for you. The number of meetings and group sessions a client must attend is determined based on the severity of their addiction.

These sessions can include many different things.

  • They can be support groups, such as 12-step meetings. These meetings originated with the
  • Alcoholics Anonymous group, and intend to help addicts follow a 12-step program towards their ultimate recovery.
  • They can include therapy sessions with certified counselors of addiction. There are many types of behavioral therapy used in addiction medicine.

Individual Therapy is a face-to-face interaction between the client and their therapist. One-on-one therapy helps by creating a more intimate atmosphere in which patients can share their feelings, allowing their needs to be better understood.

Family Therapy is a therapy that can involve the parents, siblings or other blood relatives of the client. This type of therapy can provide the therapist with extra insight or a different viewpoint that the client may not have been able to offer themselves. Family therapy can also help a recovering addict repair damaged relationships with family members.

Group Support is a type of therapy that involves other people – usually, people who are recovering from similar addictions. Some well-known group support therapies include Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. These meetings take place right at AspenRidge Recovery Fort Collins, though there are many groups that offer A.A. and N.A. meetings at local facilities in different towns and cities. These sessions are often led by someone, typically a licensed professional. This person will guide the flow of the meeting, which focuses on letting recovering addicts share their stories and advice.


Our IOP also allows clients to enjoy things that they wouldn’t find at inpatient or residential rehabs.

  • Our intensive outpatient rehab program offers much more freedom than what you’d find during an inpatient rehab as you can choose to remain living at home or in sober living.
  • Clients feel like they’re better able to take control of their addiction.
  • Outpatient rehab is also great because the addict can develop their own system of social supports. They’re free to rendezvous with family and friends, which can have a hugely positive impact on their recovery.
  • Our outpatient rehab schedules its sessions in the evenings. This allows clients to maintain a regular work or school schedule while receiving treatment.

What Else Should I Know About an IOP Rehab at AspenRidge Recovery Fort Collins?

There’s a lot of questions you’d probably like answers to, so we’ll try to answer the most commonly asked ones right now. If you still need answers, feel free to contact the facility.

Where is AspenRidge located?

Our main facility is located in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Set near the beautiful Rocky Mountains, our facility is one of the most appealing places to receive IOP treatment in Colorado.

Will I be required to attend 12 step meetings during my IOP rehab?

No, you won’t be required to. However, we believe that 12 step meetings are one of the most reliable options for long-term support.

What happens if I have to miss a meeting?

It won’t be a huge problem. Usually, we’ll ask the patient to make up the missed meeting by the end of the week.

How many people will be in groups with me?

Normally groups have 8 or 9 clients.

What sort of options are there for me to schedule my appointments?

Your schedule can be quite flexible. Our groups and therapies are offered 5 days a week, all in the evening between 4:30 and 7:30.

Will I also receive individual counseling while in your program?

Yes – and not just individual counseling. You will receive a personal session with a certified psychiatrist to evaluate whether or not you need further psychiatric help.

I don’t have insurance. What’s the out of pocket cost for your IOP program?

The cost differs depending on how much support the patient needs. We charge based on what you want. Call us today to learn more about our pricing.

Will I need to detox before I attend IOP at AspenRidge Recovery Fort Collins?

Not necessarily. We take it all case by case. Your current state will be evaluated and it’s possible that you’ll need to do a detox first.

Do you do medication management?

Yes. Our psychiatrist oversees all the psychiatric needs of our clients, which can include short-term Suboxone treatment for opiate addicts.

What is the structure of a typical meeting or counseling session?

Each night is different. They typically include some form of group therapy or experiential/art therapy. The nightly meeting might be a CBT & DBT group, a relapse prevention education session, or even spiritual guidance.

What sort of skills can I hope to take with me from this intensive outpatient treatment?

Individuals will learn the following:

  • To process and respond to your emotions.
  • Clear the pathway for new thought processes to develop.
  • Interpersonal communication skills.
  • Grounding skills to help you through stressful situations by centering yourself.
  • Various techniques to manage and avoid situations that could lead you toward a relapse

Hopefully, during the program, you will create healthy and positive relationships with others who understand firsthand what you currently are experiencing. You will also learn to reintegrate yourself as a function member of society

Further Information about Intensive Outpatient Treatment

For a more comprehensive list of our addiction treatment options, see here. It’s always a good idea to do some research before picking the type of treatment that you want for you or your loved ones. AspenRidge offers more than just IOP – they can connect you to the right detox center, sober living facilities, and other types of support. Contact AspenRidge Recovery Fort Collins today at (866) 957-6941. We will help you begin the admissions and insurance verification process. 


Our admissions coordinators are here to help you get started with treatment the right way. They’ll verify your health insurance, help set up travel arrangements, and make sure your transition into treatment is smooth and hassle-free.