Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most common questions we hear from parents. Please contact us for more information.

What does IOP stand for?

Intensive Outpatient Program

Who is appropriate for this program?

We accept teens ages 13 through 17, who have a mental health diagnosis and who use alcohol or drugs.


How many teens are in a group?

We keep group size to a maximum of 10 participants.

What is addiction? Isn’t substance use a choice?

Addiction is a chronic, progressive, relapsing disorder. The medical community recognizes addition as a medical condition that affects the brain. Both genetic and environmental factors lead to the development of an addiction.

If my child is accepted for treatment, when can we begin?

Typically, we conduct an interview and assessment within a few days of a teen’s referral to the program. If the teen is accepted, he or she begins group work the following week.

How long does the program last?

The group sessions average 12 weeks, with participants meeting three days each week after school.

What’s the goal of the program?

While each participant will have an individualized plan, the program has two overarching goals for each participant:

  • To understand more about their motivation to use drugs or alcohol
  • To educate and empower them to make decisions for change.

Will you drug screen my child?

We do not screen participants for drug use. Participants tend to build more trust with counselors and their peers in the absence of drug screening.

Won’t other drug-using kids in the program negatively influence my child?

Research shows that the benefits of attending group sessions far outweighs the risk of someone becoming connected to drug-using peers.

What if we have a vacation or trip planned during the course of treatment?

Please consult with your child’s group leader to discuss schedule. We recommend not missing more than three consecutive program sessions. Missing five consecutive sessions will result in discharge from the program.


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