Successful recovery from drug and alcohol misuse often begins with residential rehabilitation where individuals receive clinical treatment, recovery education, therapy and group support. A lengthy and costly rehab stay away from home is not always possible, and for those individuals who live and work in Colorado, NorthStar Transitions offers a highly effective rehab alternative: IOP treatment in Boulder, CO.
Intensive Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment, also known as “IOP” is a level of substance abuse treatment where the client does not live in residence at the treatment center. Intensive outpatient groups typically meet at regular intervals (ie 3 hours per day on 3 days per week). Clients enrolled in an intensive outpatient program also experience weekly individual therapy, bi-weekly family therapy and may see an addiction psychiatrist if needed.
To fit your busy life schedule, NorthStar Transitions offers both morning and evening in-person IOP groups, as well the evening True North: Virtual IOP Experience.
Upon admission, clients choose the group track that works best for them, all of which meet three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:
Morning (In-Person): 9:30am to 12:30pm
Evening (In-Person or Virtual Experience): 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
Our outpatient program offers the same evidence-based care and recovery training as our residential rehab, but clients maintain some of their obligations to family, career or school while working consistently toward full recovery. In addition to regular group sessions, clients see an individual therapist weekly and a family therapist bi-weekly, and those with dual diagnosis also have access to psychiatric and medical care.
IOP group sessions begin with a “check-in,” where members recount individual challenges, successes and insights gained as they work toward sobriety. Then, facilitated by a certified NorthStar Transitions addiction therapist, the group participates in recovery exercises and discussions.
True North offers the same highly crafted excellence that NorthStar stands upon, while opening the accessibility for clients to receive up to 12 weeks of intensive outpatient treatment from the comfort and safety of their own home.
Modifying our in-person IOP program approach, the True North Virtual IOP Experience offers programming written specifically to enhance participation and engagement via Zoom, with the goal of allowing our clients to receive the treatment they desire without the Zoom fatigue.
Each three-hour therapist guided session consists of a two hour educational activity followed by one hour of experiential, self-paced group content.
Clients experience sessions 3x/week for 3 hours at a time.
Sessions begin with a mindfulness activity (i.e. movement, meditation, body sensations scan, art therapy). Group members participate in a community supportive check-in and process about current challenges and successes in recovery.
IOP Clinical Therapist leads an educational instruction on one of the twelve weekly topics (i.e. relapse prevention, life skills, relationship styles, interpersonal skills, stress management, models of addiction, neurobiology of addiction, emotional regulation, etc).
Clients take a short break
Therapist outlines the experiential self-paced group content to be completed for the remaining hour of group (i.e., watching and reflecting on a Ted Talk or documentary, completing and sharing a journal prompt, or practicing a specific mood regulation or interpersonal DBT skill).
Zoom group portion concludes.
Clients who are developing self-paced skills can access more guided support from the IOP therapist in order to complete their experiential activity.
Intensive outpatient (IOP) schedules vary depending on the drug and alcohol treatment provider. NorthStar Transitions offers both morning and evening in-person IOP groups, as well as an evening virtual IOP group. All IOP groups meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from either 9:30am-12:30pm or 5:30pm-8:30pm. Clients choose a group option upon admission where they will remain for the duration of the 12-week intensive outpatient curriculum.
Intensive Outpatient groups typically begin with a ‘group check-in.’ During the group check-in each member of the group will do a brief check on how they are currently feeling, any recent struggles or successes, and any other items of significance the client would like to bring to the group’s attention.
Following the group check-in, the therapist facilitating the group will introduce the daily group topic or exercise. The topic is then discussed or the exercise performed. The daily topic could be anything from physiological effects of drugs on the brain to relationships with family and significant others. An exercise might include somatic experiencing or experiential group therapies. Groups may also begin with a meditation or grounding exercise.
After the daily topic or exercise, the group ‘processes’ the experience in a group discussion. This is the broad overview of the IOP curriculum at NorthStar Transitions, a program that last 12-weeks.
Intensive Outpatient Groups are facilitated by licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers and licensed substance abuse counselors.
Almost all IOP group facilitators at NorthStar Transitions have the highest possible licensure in their discipline. In Colorado, this includes a LPC (licensed professional counselor) LAC (Licensed Addiction Counselor) or a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) LAC.
All of the intensive outpatient therapists at NorthStar Transitions specialize in substance abuse counseling and the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. NorthStar Transitions hires and retains the top talent in the industry in order to provide the highest quality of service to our clients.
All clients of NorthStar Transitions see a board-certified addiction psychiatrist upon admission into the intensive outpatient program to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan and coordinate medications if needed.
After the initial psychiatric intake, clients may see the psychiatrist or our physicians assistants anywhere from weekly to monthly depending on individual needs. NorthStar Transitions is able to make referrals to a specialist if the client has a medical condition outside of the doctor’s scope of practice.
Clients participating in Intensive Outpatient with NorthStar Transitions participate in individual therapy weekly and family therapy bi-weekly.
Clients will be assigned an individual therapist and a family therapist and will schedule appointments with both at a convenient time.
Family therapy is typically conducted over the phone or over HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Individual therapy is conducted in one of our counseling offices.
Clients of NorthStar Transitions receive comprehensive drug and alcohol testing. NorthStar Transitions takes 2-3 urine drug samples per week from each client. Drug and alcohol testing is required of all clients enrolled in IOP at NorthStar Transitions.
The urine drug screens performed in office give an instant result for up to 12 common drugs of abuse such as marijuana, cocaine, benzodiazepines, heroin and methamphetamine.
Each sample is then sent to an outside lab for comprehensive testing including alcohol screening and validity testing.
Yes. Clients can choose to participate in either the morning or evening IOP group. If a client has school or work during the day, then the evening group would be ideal. If a client works during the evenings the daytime group would be ideal.
Clients are encouraged to participate in outings outside of the regularly scheduled IOP activities with others in their IOP group, or with others in the sober community. We encourage clients to find sober companions and attend 12 step meetings (or other pathway meetings), go for hikes, to movies, skiing, or other physical activities at the gym or in nature.
NorthStar Transitions is in network with many carriers, and out of network with others. For more information, visit our insurance verification page. In either scenario, insurance can greatly offset the cost of treatment.
Yes. Clients are expected to complete the full 12-week course of treatment after enrollment. Clients are expected to attend each scheduled group and individual therapy session. Clients are allowed excused absences such as sickness with documentation of reason for the absence. Clients are also allowed up to 3 unexcused absences. If a client has more than 3 unexcused absences, they may be dismissed from the program.
Most clients live in their own home while participating in intensive outpatient. Clients may also choose to living in a sober living home while participating in IOP if they are relocating to Boulder or their current living environment is not conducive to their sobriety. NorthStar provides sober living for men in Boulder.
At NorthStar Transitions, we know how drug and alcohol use can negatively affect your life. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, we can help. Reach out today to find the support you need to achieve and maintain lifelong sobriety. You can get in touch by calling us at 866-407-2240 or completing our online contact form.