Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

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*We are currently accepting registration for Fall IOP*

Summer 2019 IOP Dates:
Phase 1: May 27-June 7, 2019
Family Weekend: June 7-9, 2019
Phase 2: July 4-6, 2019
Phase 3: July 25-27, 2019

Fall 2019 IOP Dates:
Phase 1: September 16-27, 2019
Family Weekend: September 27-29, 2019
Phase 2: October 17-19, 2019
Phase 3: November 21-23, 2019

What is an IOP?

IOP’s are a great alternative to residential treatment as they provide structure, education, and connection for those wanting to explore Addiction recovery at a fraction of the cost and are logistically convenient.

All IOP’s are different in structure. HUM’s is: initial comprehensive assessment + 3 phases of treatment spread out over 3 months (18 days total).  Our IOP runs 4 times a year with upcoming dates continually updated on this webpage.

HUM IOP is suitable for individuals age 18+ and is open to those struggling with any manifestation of the disease: thinking, feeling, and behaviour (gambling, sex, food, work, relationships, internet, video games, alcohol, drugs, etc). Self-referrals are always accepted.

Who qualifies for the IOP?

An individual with any of the following may benefit from our program:

  • Interested in recovery, whether or not they have tried before
  • Cannot afford inpatient/residential treatment
  • Cannot take time off work or leave family for an extended period of time
  • Have a reasonably stable social environment to return home to each evening
  • Are motivated to change

Comprehensive Assessment

All individuals considering the IOP will complete a comprehensive assessment to determine where they are at. Based on the conclusions of the comprehensive assessment, the HUM team will recommend one of the following:

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Outpatient continuing care (group therapy, individual therapy)
  • Residential treatment program external to HUM

If you are considering going ahead with IOP, what does it look like?

The IOP Program

Phase One

Phase One is Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm for two straight weeks + daily homework + Family & Friends Program which runs Friday evening-Sunday following week 2 (see below for more information).  Phase One topics include:

  • Intensive psycho-education about manifestations of the disease of Addiction
  • Sessions on bio-psycho-social- spiritual dimensions of recovery (includes biological health care, self-talk, dealing with stress, spirituality, goal-setting, and more)
  • Relapse prevention and the relapse continuum
  • Daily 2 hour group process therapy
  • Daily homework on various topics
  • Daily introduction to meditation and relaxation techniques
  • Relationship between Addiction and mental health (e.g., depression and anxiety)
  • Understanding and coping with emotions
  • Self-care
  • Development of a continuing care plan for between phases and beyond
  • Daily activity such as acupuncture, art therapy, yoga, etc. (these vary from phases and between IOP’s, depending on availability)
  • Family involvement and education during the Family & Friends Weekend

The Family and Friends Program

Up to two family members or friends (age 18+) are encouraged to attend the family portion of the IOP.  The family and friends program runs as follows:

Friday from 3:30-6pm for IOP participants and family members

Saturday from 9-4pm for family members only

Sunday from 1-4pm for IOP participants and family members

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Addiction as a primary, chronic brain disease
  • Family roles and healthy boundaries
  • Holistic recovery
  • Self-care
  • Communication exercises
  • Group process therapy for family members

Phase Two

Phase Two consists of 3 days, approximately one month after the completion of Phase One.  

Phases Two includes a refresher and more in-depth discussion of topics from Phase One as well as:

  • Identifying and coping with relapse warning signs
  • Characteristics of Addiction is Addiction
  • Recovery with substances and beyond
  • Personality Typing
  • Self-Care
  • Daily homework
  • Meditation and relaxation
  • Continuing care
  • Daily 2 hour group process therapy
  • Daily activity such as acupuncture, music activity, art therapy, yoga, etc. (these vary from phases and between IOP’s depending on availability)

Phase Three

Phase Three consists of 3 days, approximately one month after the completion of Phase Two.  

Phase Three includes a review and further discussion of topics from Phases One and Two as well as:

  • Recovery for life
  • Fear/Faith
  • Control
  • Shame/Serenity
  • Daily 2 hour group process therapy
  • Role playing challenges in recovery
  • Shame, resiliency, and vulnerability
  • Daily homework
  • Daily activity such as acupuncture, music activity, art therapy, yoga, etc. (these vary from phases and between IOP’s depending on availability)

What Happens After IOP?

Outpatient continuing care at HUM

Continuing care (individual and group therapy) is available before, during, and after IOP (see fees page for more detail).  We also encourage self-management tools and involvement in community programs, such as 12-Step meetings or SMART Recovery, as part of continuing care.

What are the fees?

Assessment: $400 + $200 deposit

3 Phase IOP and Family Program: $4,500*

*Not transferable to other dates

Pre-payment:  Is required prior to the start of the IOP and payment in full is due at least 7 days prior to the beginning of Phase One.  We accept payment by cash, debit, certified cheques or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).  We do not accept personal cheques.

Deposit: We require a $1000 deposit and a signed intensive outpatient agreement form to secure your place in our IOP group. We can accept up to 9 participants per IOP. Please contact the HUM office at 403-536-2480 to learn more or to sign up.


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