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Intensive Outpatient Programs In Los Angeles

If you have battled stress, anxiety, depression, alcohol, and substance abuse in the past, then you know how challenging recovery can be. Fortunately, Launch Centers offers extensive therapies for people who have faced these situations before. Our intensive outpatient programs in Los Angeles give individuals the chance to continue to balance school, work and family responsibilities while being treated for the conditions mentioned above.

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What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

An Intensive Outpatient Program, also known as an IOP in California, is a primary treatment initiative endorsed after someone has completed a residential or partial hospitalization program. However, we have many clients who enroll without prior treatment experience. If you belong among those who don’t require a medical detox or psychiatric stabilization, for example, then this is the program to attend.

If you have had a successful detox, then IOP could be your road to a successful recovery. For one, it maintains consistent accountability for the client. In addition, it allows them the flexibility to still attend classes or pursue work. IOP clients begin to take the next steps toward a life of independence in a safe and monitored environment.

Our intensive outpatient program in Los Angeles is designed for people with less severe cases of mental health issues or addiction, as well as those who are still undergoing the recovery process while residing at home or in a transitional living home.

What Does a Typical Day at an IOP in Los Angeles Look Like?

Launch Centers is located in sunny Los Angeles, California. Our IOP is held on-site, and individuals generally spend around 20 hours a week in this program. This means attending treatment approximately 5 days a week for 3 or 4 hours at a time. Our IOP is split into two settings: day programs and evening programs. During day treatment, sessions occur in the morning/afternoon, with participants returning to their homes late afternoon or early evening. In evening programs, clients attend treatment at night in order to accommodate their job, school, or familial responsibilities.

During treatment, our clients engage in a rotating combination of therapeutic modalities. These can include, but are not limited to:

Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Programs

IOPs are both a convenient and effective form of mental health treatment. Evidence shows that outpatient programs lead to positive outcomes by addressing underlying causes of mental disorders. In addition, outpatient programs help instill healthy coping mechanisms that lead to long-term management of mental health symptoms.

Particular benefits of an IOP include: 

  • High Level of Support. In addition to the consistent support and encouragement provided by Launch’s empathetic staff, those in our IOP are also able to support one another in group therapy sessions. The bonds made during this time often lead to a continued support network following treatment. 
  • Flexibility in Schedule. An attractive feature of IOPs is that they allow participants to maintain personal and professional responsibilities, like attending college or taking care of family. Clients maintain a consistent treatment schedule that is easy to incorporate into their weekly routines. 
  • Cost-effective. Most intensive outpatient programs have a lower cost than inpatient or residential treatment. In the majority of cases, IOPs are at least partially covered by insurance. 
  • Well-balanced. Though IOPs allow more flexibility than a residential program, they provide more structure than a standard outpatient program. This is helpful for those who still need a high level of care, but have personal obligations to fill.
  • Privacy. Since patients in an IOP can upkeep a social and professional presence, they are able to maintain a level of privacy if they choose to. 
  • Personalized Treatment Plans. All of Launch’s treatment plans are designed to meet the unique needs of our clients as we want nothing more than for them to achieve their specific recovery goals.
  • Evidence-based and Holistic Interventions. We offer a variety of therapeutic modalities that relieve mental health symptoms while building healthy coping strategies and encouraging mindfulness.

What to Expect at Our LA Intensive Outpatient

When you enroll in any of the Launch Centers in Los Angeles, you will receive a variety of services. Deep clinical work is explored in individual therapy. The therapist is hand selected for each client, based on the clients needs and preferences, that will meet them on a weekly basis to assess their treatment. We also have a family therapist dedicated for family support while we work to repair any ruptured relationships. Additionally, we work with a psychiatrist to make sure any medication needs are taken care of to ensure the best possible outcomes. Some services are explored through group therapy. Here, you will meet other people who have gone through similar situations as you have. The following are some group topics that you can expect to encounter.

Emotional Health

We teach clients to be able to identify emotions and develop healthy coping mechanisms in order to hopefully prevent further treatment stays.

Recovery Support

We spend time introducing clients to different recovery programs such as the 12 steps, SMART, and Refuge Recovery. We also help them identify the triggers that have caused relapses in the past.

Self Esteem & Self Worth

We can be our own worst critic and we want to bring reality to that inner monologue. We help clients identify their successes and strengths. Sometimes, people can’t see the good in themselves, and we are here to help them find it.

Values, Spirituality, & Identity

We hope to take a look at the context of people’s lives as a way of understanding both the problems they face. Through this pillar, we hope to support clients in finding their “why” and how to cultivate positive behaviors that support this life purpose.

Arts, Passions, & Creativity

We offer workshops in the arts to encourage emotional exploration through creative writing, music, art and improvisational theatre.

Relationships & Community

A strong community is everything, so we also work to build up an extensive and reliable support system. A support system can consist of family members, friends, co-workers, and significant others.

Education & Career

Education and career development might not seem like a clinical concern at first, but it works into many of the other pillars. Graduating college, or getting their first job, can give someone an immense sense of self worth.

Life Skills

We do our best to help our clients learn basic skills so that they can move forward, towards an independent life outside of treatment.

Medication Management

By evaluating and educating clients about their medications, it can set each client up for success to help mitigate relapse and create successful treatment outcomes.

The topics mentioned above are mandatory for first-time participants, however, you can still enroll for additional comprehensive counseling, or training to improve healthy skills. In regards to the 12-Step approach, Launch does not lean on, or recommend, a specific denomination. To explain, it relies on scientific methods and practices without involving religious bias, though some recovery programs are religiously based.

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How to Know if IOP is Right For Me?

While it is not hard to find an IOP in Los Angeles, it is important that you find one that suits your specific needs. Although we are able to treat and accommodate many different types of clients, this lower level of care is not always the best fit for people who face addiction and substance use or abuse. Because of this, you will need to get examined by our clinical team to ensure we can best help your personal situation.

We conduct the assessment at the center as part of the admission process. However, just because the topics to be covered have been generalized doesn’t mean all individuals share the same ordeals. The program readily offers personalized services to suit their needs. Thereafter, the initial assessment will result in a follow-up.

To get admitted to any intensive outpatient treatment unit, or if you want to do it on someone else’s behalf, you can contact them directly to book an appointment. Alternatively, you can fill out the contact form found in accredited websites. They will reciprocate your involvement by giving you a call and informing you about the important steps that they will follow.


Intensive Outpatient Programs in Los Angeles, CA

Once you have come to accept your present condition, you can rely on Launch Centers of Los Angeles, CA, to design a treatment plan for you using a clinical and medical assessment. Depending on your history, status, and current condition, we will determine the best approach for your treatment. Our intensive outpatient programs in Los Angeles empower young adults while helping them achieve their goals. Each client has a personalized experience with educational support and professional guidance. Visit our admissions page to learn more.


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  • Conner H.

    Launch Centers Treatment was a major help to me. The therapists and staff genuinely cared about me and truly helped me to make a plan for my future. My personal therapists helped me to discover where some of my deeper issues came from. All of the staff worked tirelessly with me to talk through my issues, or just about life, and offered realistic solutions to my current problems and situation. All of the staff went above and beyond and advocated relentlessly for me.

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    This place changed my life! I’ve had good laughs, good cries, shared a lot of heart to heart moments and grew a loving bond with everyone at Launch Centers. I will always be grateful! I really do miss it time to time. I highly recommend Launch Centers!

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    Launch changed our lives. Our family had been battling for years to breakthrough to our brother. No amount of rehab or detox had made a difference. He was listless, lifeless and helpless. We feared for his life everyday. The spirit of, repetition in, core values, appreciation of life and dignity and respect that we found through Launch are unparalleled. I can say with full confidence that we never would have seen my “real” brother again if not for this truly magical combination. We were and still are especially grateful for his over-the-top therapist. Her commitment to his privacy and success coupled with her unwavering contact with any and all of us is what bridged our 3,000 mile separation from him.


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