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Intensive Outpatient Programs from EHN Online

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WHAT ARE INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAMS (IOPs)?

What are Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)?

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) are virtual options for those struggling with mental health disorders or addiction. IOPs allow clients to continue living their day-to-day lives and are great for those who do not need or simply cannot commit to inpatient treatment due to family or work obligations.

They include nine hours of therapy per week, with a combination of both individual and group sessions. IOPs are a flexible alternative to inpatient treatment, which allow you to live at home and eliminate barriers such as location, travel and busy schedules.

You will have the opportunity to uncover the origins of your mental health disorder or addiction, build a community of support, and learn life-changing skills for lasting recovery.

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Who are IOPs right for?

IOPs are effective for a variety of people at different points in their recovery journey, including those who are:

  • Noticing increased feelings of depression, anxiety, or stress
  • Need to maintain work or family commitments
  • Not severe enough to require detox or 24/7 supervision
  • Not ready to attend or don’t feel comfortable with inpatient treatment 
  • In need of more structure than an app or individual therapy sessions can offer
  • Having increased difficulty functioning at work 
  • Relying more and more on substances to cope with daily life
  • Experiencing symptoms triggered by specific events or situations

Still not sure if it’s right for you?
Take our quiz to learn more about the route to recovery that might suit you.

Long-term recovery at your fingertips

In addition to group and individual therapy sessions, IOPs offer one full year of access to our accompanying app to help track and maintain recovery.

Working with a counsellor, you’ll design a personalized plan for recovery that you can access anytime, anywhere. You can use the app to set custom reminders, log your emotions and progress, maintain accountability, create your own gratitude list, and more.

What is an IOP?

Watch this short video for an introduction into our unique treatment offering.

What do EHN Online’s IOPs Include?

Each of our IOPs utilize a combination of treatments, planning, and support, including:

  • 9 hours of group and individual therapy sessions for 8 weeks
  • 10 months of ongoing support with our Aftercare program
  • Free use of our accompanying app to track progress
  • Evidence-based therapy for long-lasting results
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Optional education sessions for increased family support
  • Personalized recovery plans during and after treatment
  • Medical assistance where applicable (currently available in Ontario and Saskatchewan)
  • Access to optional alcohol and drug monitoring for personal accountability (where available)

An 8-week program that can change your life forever

Our 8-week curriculums are designed to give you a thorough understanding of the underlying causes of addiction and mental health disorders, as well as a variety of skills and techniques for recovery. 

Here is a more detailed look at the treatments and techniques we use:

Psychoeducation on addiction and/or mental health

Develop a thorough understanding of the nature of addiction, mental health disorders, and the recovery process, as well as the related biology and psychology.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Identify connections between thoughts, feelings, and actions to increase awareness of how these things impact addiction and recovery.

Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Develop skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation, to help adjust behaviour and surroundings to aid recovery.

Relapse prevention techniques

Limit relapses in recovery by learning how to anticipate triggering scenarios and developing skills to cope with these difficult situations.

Group therapy sessions

Group therapy sessions

Provides a safe space to talk through experienced difficulties and develop strategies for overcoming them.

Individual therapy sessions

Individual therapy sessions

Personalized and private one-on-one support from a licensed professional to establish goals, coping mechanisms and more.

COLLABORATION

Daily living support

Discuss, monitor, and manage the basic mental and physical self-care tasks you do every day to help form a platform on which you can build your recovery.

Recovery plans

Develop a custom recovery plan with an experienced counsellor to address your specific challenges and goals.

Family

Family support

Loved ones can develop the required knowledge and skills to best support those in recovery, as well as themselves.

Homework and exercises

Homework and exercises

Skill-based homework to complete between sessions, complemented by tasks/features in the app to use in parallel with clinical materials.

Healthy living practices

Medical support:*

Our highly experienced Nurse Practitioner will support you in trying or adjusting any mental health specific medications that could increase your chances of recovery

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Aftercare

Maintain accountability and supportive relationships by continuing with two hours of group therapy per week following your program completion.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

5 Steps to Recover From Addiction And Mental Health Disorders

Every recovery story is different, but these five steps can give you an idea of what your IOP journey may look like.

Admissions assessment

Find out which IOP is a good fit for you.

Develop your care plan

and build your online treatment program with our team.

Begin treatment

and start your journey to lasting recovery.

Continue with Aftercare

to provide the support you need to maintain your progress.

Join our Alumni Network

and find ongoing support and friendship.

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Program FAQ

  • Are IOPs really effective?

    EHN Online’s Intensive Outpatient Programs are proven to produce effective results, including:

    • Reduction in symptoms of anxiety
    • Reduction in depression symptoms such as emotions, thinking patterns and behaviour
    • Improvement in relationships and work life
    • And a significant decrease in desire to use alcohol and/or drugs
  • How does EHN Online measure their success in treating mental health and addiction?

    At multiple points throughout the Intensive Outpatient Programs, client’s complete validated self-assessment tools to measure their personal journey in recovery.

    Assessments include:

    • Outcome Questionnaire (OQ-45.2) a set of questions that helps clients understand how they are feeling and how therapy is helping them by asking about feelings of sadness, relationships, and work life.
    • Leeds Dependence Questionnaire (LDQ) is a set of questions that helps people understand how much they depend on alcohol or other drugs and understand their own alcohol or drug use and whether they might need help to stop using these substances.
    • Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) is a set of questions that helps people understand how they are feeling and whether they might be experiencing depression. It asks about things like feeling sad or hopeless, losing interest in things you used to enjoy, and having trouble sleeping or concentrating.
    • The Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7) is a set of questions that helps people understand how they are feeling and whether they might be experiencing anxiety. It asks about things like feeling nervous or worried, having trouble relaxing, and feeling afraid without an identified reason.
  • Are IOPs available to anyone across Canada?

    Yes, anyone age 18 and over is able to enroll in an IOP without a referral. (We also offer our Healthy Minds Comprehensive Teen Program for youths ages 14 to 17.)

  • Is one-on-one counselling available over the phone instead of video-conferencing?

    ​​Yes, it is. We can accommodate your preferences for phone counselling.

  • How much do IOPs cost?

    Our IOPs average out to be less than $50/hour.

  • Are your programs covered by my insurance?

    Many insurance providers recognize online therapy and will offer financial aid. Contact your insurance provider to find out what your options are. If you are unsure of what to ask or where to begin, our advisors will be happy to help. Call us at 1-888-767-3711 for assistance.

  • How much time do I need to dedicate to an IOP?

    Our IOPs follow an 8, 9, 10 structure. Eight weeks of programming, for nine hours each week, with 10 additional months of Aftercare. On top of the nine hours of scheduled meetings per week, you will be expected to complete homework and assignments that will help you along your journey to recovery.

  • Why do IOPs require so many hours per week?

    For many, IOPs can serve as an excellent alternative to inpatient treatment. But in order for a patient to receive their desired results from an outpatient program, a notable amount of time and effort must be devoted to participating in evidence-based practices and sessions.

    Our Intensive Outpatient Programs are expertly designed to ensure that patients receive the attention they deserve so that they can reap the full benefits of an outpatient program. 

    Additionally, for an IOP to qualify as an intensive program, a minimum of nine hours per week must be dedicated to healing and learning.

  • What happens after I complete my 8 weeks of programming? Will I receive support after finishing the IOP?

    Our IOPs include 10 months of weekly Aftercare maintenance groups to support your ongoing wellness. Meet with peers in a counsellor-guided group for two hours each week to discuss progress, difficulties and more. You will also have 10 months of access to our Wagon app so you can track and document your progress.

  • Why is homework assigned in my IOP?

    Our IOPs are designed to produce lasting results. That means it is important to use the skills you learn and apply them to your real life. Taking the time to ensure that you complete session handouts will help to identify key struggles, triggers, and solutions that work for you.

  • Do I have to abstain from alcohol and drugs while in the substance use disorder IOP?

    Yes, this is intended to be an abstinence-based program. 

    We do, however, recognize that many clients may still be working towards abstinence when they join the program and therefore only require that clients refrain from substance use within the two hours before and after program sessions. We ask that if you do use a substance at any time during your program, let your counsellor know. We want to work with you to achieve your goals to maintain abstinence during and after your program.

  • How do I know if an IOP is right for me?

    You can take our quiz to find out which of our many virtual programs is best suited to your needs. Click here to take the quiz.

  • How can I enrol in an IOP?

    You can enrol in an IOP by calling 1-888-767-3711 or by signing up online.

  • Can an IOP be used to treat PSTD?

    Yes. We offer an optional six weeks of Cognitive Processing Therapy, used to treat those struggling with PSTD. 

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