Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

In addition to our Intensive Outpatient Program, we also provide individual and group counselling for people struggling with Addiction, mental health, and chronic pain. If you are not interested in the IOP or have missed a recent start date, please call us so we can review treatment options with you.

The HUM Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is comprised of an initial comprehensive assessment, followed by 3 phases of treatment spread out over a period of 3 months. It is designed for individuals age 18 and over to provide more in-depth treatment for Addiction in a short-term, day treatment format, so that an individual does not have to be away from home/work for an extended period of time.  HUM can assist in providing recommendations for hotel accommodation for individuals from out-of-town (cost for this is not part of the IOP program).

The Intensive Outpatient Program specializes in the treatment of Addiction as a primary, chronic brain disease. The emphasis is on tailoring treatment to the individual and recognizing that Addiction is Addiction.  Addiction is about the dysfunction in the brain of persons with the disease, not just about the specific behaviors  (e.g., out of control use of alcohol, drugs, food, gambling etc.). Our focus is on holistic recovery with a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective.

This approach to treatment is aligned with the ASAM definition of Addiction (www. as a primary, chronic brain disease with its multiple manifestations rather than solely focusing on changing specific behaviors. This definition has been endorsed by the Canadian and International Societies for Addiction Medicine. Thus, the HUM IOP provides treatment for all substance dependence (alcohol and/or other drugs) and all problem behaviours (gambling, sex, food, work, relationships, internet, video games, etc).

Comprehensive Assessment

All individuals considering the IOP will complete a comprehensive assessment prior to starting to determine their motivation and stability for intensive outpatient treatment.  Please see Comprehensive Assessment under Personal Services on our website for more information.

The IOP is open to current HUM clients in continuing care and new self-referrals are welcomed, as well as healthcare provider and employer referrals.

Based on the conclusions of the comprehensive assessment we will recommend one of the following based on the individual’s needs and start date of the next IOP:

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at HUM
  • Outpatient continuing care at HUM (group therapy, individual therapy)
  • Inpatient residential program external to HUM

The IOP runs 4 times a year with typical start dates in September, January, spring, and early summer. The upcoming IOP dates are listed below. (Our Fall 2018 IOP is currently underway).

Winter 2019 IOP Dates:

Phase 1: January 7-18, 2019
Family Weekend: January 18-20, 2019
Phase 2:  February 7-9, 2019
Phase 3: March 7-9, 2019

Phase One

Phase One is 2 weeks long from 9-5pm (Monday-Friday) + daily homework + Family & Friends Program which runs Friday evening-Sunday (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 nutrition, 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
  • Introduction to meditation and relaxation techniques
  • Relationship between Addiction and mental health (eg. 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, music activity, 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)


Outpatient continuing care at HUM

Continuing care, which includes a combination of individual and group therapy, will always be offered at HUM for individuals until the next IOP start date, between Phases, and after completion of the program (this is an additional cost to the IOP). We also encourage involvement in community programs, such as 12-Step meetings or SMART Recovery, as part of continuing care during and after the IOP. This will help the person stabilize their life, stay motivated and on track for recovery work.  Alberta Health Care covers individual psychotherapy sessions with HUM physicians and sessions with a psychologist are $180/session (psychology sessions may be covered by individual benefit plans).

Who qualifies for the IOP?

  • An individual with the following profile may benefit from our program:
  • Never attained or have had limited attempts at attaining abstinence
  •  May not understand the severity of their problem
  • Have not had significant negative consequences from their addiction 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 and are motivated to change


Cost of IOP

Assessment$400 + $200 deposit on file for late cancellations, missed appointments

IOP Phases 1, 2, 3 and Family Program: $4,500 total*

*All 3 phases need to be completed in one round for the IOP

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.

Costs of Outpatient Continuing Care (separate from IOP)

Comprehensive Assessment: $400 + $200 deposit

Individual sessions: covered by Alberta Health Care (Physician) and $180/hr (Psychologist), late cancellations or no shows for Physicians are billed at a rate of $200/hour

Weekly group therapy: $65/two hour weekly group, minimum 6 month commitment required

Drug monitoring: $90 per test (optional)

Deposit for late cancellations (<48 hours) or no shows: $200


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