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Adult Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program in Albuquerque

Our Adult Behavioral Health IOP

While in our behavioral health intensive outpatient program, you’ll work with our expert team of mental health providers.

This outpatient program is offered three times a week in-person at Sage Neuroscience Facilities in Albuquerque, or online. This program was designed to help our clients find success in a safe and supportive environment.

Our Adult Behavioral Health IOP:

  • Meets from 9AM to noon every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for 12 weeks.
  • Supports our clients by helping them develop coping skills.
  • Creates a network of like-minded individuals to share resources with.
  • Is low cost and covered by many major insurance programs.
Evidence based mental health treatment that is designed to improve our clients self-worth and daily functioning.

Adult Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

For many people struggling with severe or long term mental health conditions, once-a-week therapy just isn’t enough.

Individual people might be struggling a lot but they also don’t necessarily need inpatient hospital care. Behavioral health intensive outpatient programs, or IOPs, serve to fill in this need gap. These programs offer critical support for many mental health issues and help clients find new skills to help them overcome symptoms and improve their quality of life.

What Is Behavioral Health IOP?

A behavioral health intensive outpatient program is a structured and comprehensive program designed to treat a variety of mental health issues that are a hindrance to daily life. An IOP is like a special workshop for anyone suffering from mental health concerns. IOP is group therapy sessions where they can go several times per week as an outpatient, in a safe and supportive environment.

Who Is Behavioral Health IOP for?

Adult Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) are designed for anyone struggling with serious mental health issues like Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, or the effects of trauma. Some individuals experience more severe forms of these conditions that necessitate inpatient hospitalization, while mild cases can easily be managed with a short weekly therapy visit, or maybe even less often. For many people dealing with these issues, they need some sort of in-between option to help.

An IOP is for anyone who is not getting enough support from a weekly therapy visit. Someone who has recently been discharged from psychiatric hospitalization and need step down services would greatly benefit from an IOP. It’s also a good next step program for anyone who has just completed an inpatient program for mental health. Returning back to regular life and returning to old habits can be overwhelming, and these patients may need extra support to help with the transition.

If you are struggling to function in daily life, finding it hard to work, go to school, or struggle in social situations due to mental health conditions, an intensive outpatient program may be for you.

In an IOP, patients develop new practical skills and coping mechanisms that the can walk away from the program with once they graduate. These skills can help reduce their mental health symptoms and help them lead a more fulfilling life.

Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Programs can help with a wide variety of mental health conditions and issues. Though this list isn’t everything BHIOP can help with, some of the issues we treat include the following.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • Anger issues
  • Chronic stress
  • Personality disorders
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Interpersonal conflicts
  • Grief and loss

Benefits of Behavioral Health IOP

An intensive mental health outpatient program has many benefits for a wide range of patients. These programs are designed to provide evidence-based care in the form of psychiatric care, group therapy meetings, and mental health education. IOPs rely heavily on group therapy, which gives patients the connections, support, and community resources that are so important for recovery and symptom management.

In an IOP therapy group, patients find support and form supportive relationships with one another, while everyone works on skills that can help them cope with their problems. Together, under the guidance of a trained mental health professional of course, the group may discuss and work on a wide variety of topics. These include interpersonal skills, confidence and self-esteem, conflict resolution, goals and planning, and more. They can work on healthy habits, changing distorted ways of thinking into positive thinking, spirituality and wellness, mindfulness techniques, and other beneficial things.

Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Programs are unique in that they offer a perfect balance between full-time residential care and weekly therapy visits. Some of the main benefits of this type of care include:

Symptom relief.

One of the biggest benefits of therapy from an IOP is the management of symptoms of mental health conditions. Patients learn the necessary skills to help control emotions, mood swings, and impulses, reduce stress and anxiety, increase their ability to maintain daily routines, jobs, and relationships, and reduce or eliminate suicidal thoughts.

Learn new coping skills.

In an IOP, people learn all sorts of new strategies through group therapy, including planning and goal setting, recognizing and dealing with emotions, conflict resolution, and others. The group may discuss healthy lifestyle habits, spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, breathing, and other helpful techniques.

Enjoy the comforts of living at home.

Patients in IOP can still go home, sleep in their own beds, and enjoy the comfort of family, but with more professional support throughout the week. Much better than an inpatient program, right?

Maintain obligations like work or school.

While in IOP, many patients are able to still go to their job or school. Keeping these routines is very important for many of our patients, as well as the ability to earn an income or provide financial support for their families, even while in treatment.

Get support from family and friends.

While living at home, you can maintain supportive relationships with your family and friends and avoid feelings of isolation that can come with inpatient programs. You can also bring family members to IOP so they can understand your condition a little better.

Gain new relationships and connections.

With its reliance on group activities, IOPs allow patients to make connections with their peers who are experiencing similar issues. In IOP you’ll feel less alone. Many make lasting friendships that they can count on for support. Patients in an IOP create a network of supportive people and resources they can use when they need them.

Lower cost.

Inpatient therapy can be super expensive, and the high cost may be a roadblock for lots of people. If that’s the case for you, an IOP can be a safe, money-saving alternative. At Sage Neuroscience Center, many major insurance programs cover the costs of our intensive outpatient program. Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield Commercial, Presbyterian Commercial, and NMHC all offer coverage for this program.

Adult Behavioral Health IOP at Sage Neuroscience Center

At Sage Neuroscience Center, our intensive outpatient programs are specially designed to help our patients lead a more fulfilling, improved quality of life. We work on increasing confidence and self-worth while improving daily functioning. In our IOP, you’ll be under the compassionate care of our team of experienced mental health professionals.

Our program meets three times per week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon, and the program has a duration of 12 weeks. The IOP sets up our clients for success in our safe and supportive environment. Get started by viewing our current BHIOP Group Therapy Tracks.

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