Intensive outpatient drug & alcohol treatment (IOP) at Florida Springs is a structured program of substance abuse treatment that is administered in the form of scheduled group therapy and individual counseling, typically attended while the patient lives outside of the facility. Intensive outpatient is recommended on an individual basis based on a person’s needs and the evaluation of our expert staff. “Intensive” simply denotes the fact that IOP is not a casual program. It is multiple days out of the week, and appointments can include different forms of therapy. Another part of the Intensive Outpatient program is a strict set of guidelines, but all patients entering IOP will be fully informed of their rights and the expectations of the program staff. Success is the only goal, and it is built for that purpose alone. Success is achieved by building on the foundation that patients begin in earlier stages of recovery, such as Detox and Residential Treatment. Not every patient will attend an inpatient program before beginning IOP, but those that do will find slightly more freedom is given at each stage because time spent in sobriety makes proper decision making more realistic. During detox a patient must focus solely on physical health and getting better, and during residential they will start to learn a bit more about their own disease and tools for recovery, and IOP continues along that same path with a patient being able to return home as well if applicable. It is also not necessary that a patient receives prior treatment at Florida Springs Wellness and Recovery Center in order to begin an IOP program at our facility. Patients from all walks of life come to Florida Springs in Panama City for many different reasons, but many patients will be recommended for IOP treatment at some point.