Intensive Outpatient Program Los Angeles | IOP Rehab

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At Nexus, we recognize that every client comes to us with different backgrounds, interests, and needs. Consequently, we maintain a small client to clinician ratio in order to have the ability to tailor our addiction treatment programs to best serve each individual.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Nexus is ideal for those who are transitioning from a residential treatment facility, an outpatient Partial Hospitalization (PHP) level of care, or just those who need a part-time yet intensive schedule that can accommodate their work, school, or family life. At the IOP level of care, clients participate in our treatment programming for three to four hours a day, three to five days a week depending on need. During the IOP phase, our goal is to continue to create a solid foundation for our clients and support them as they move through their process of recovery from substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health disorders.

At Nexus we believe that since people are not one-size-fits-all, recovery cannot be either. All treatment plans are customized based on a client’s unique needs. Upon admission, each client is assigned a treatment team which includes a primary therapist, a case manager, a double-board certified psychiatrist, and our Clinical Director who is involved in the care of each client at Nexus. Together, the members of a client’s treatment team create an individualized treatment plan which is reviewed and updated on a weekly basis. Each plan focuses on giving clients both short- and long-term goals. The development of a client’s treatment plan is a collaborative process and client input is taken into account when curating each plan.

Family involvement, whether it be family of origin or of choice, is vital to a client’s recovery process. Education and understanding between client’s and their community and support system outside of Nexus helps ensure long-term success. This is why, unlike other outpatient programs, Nexus offers an extensive family component to our treatment model. All clients and their support system are encouraged to participate in our 2 1/2 day family intensive program. During this experience, clients an their families breakdown barriers, gain understanding about how addiction has impacted the entire family unit, and learn all they can to support one another both during and after their loved one is in treatment. In addition to the family intensive program , we also offer weekly family coaching and family therapy as needed.

We are committed to providing the most cutting-edge evidence-based treatment modalities here at Nexus. Our clinical care team has decades of experience in mental health, substance abuse, and trauma treatment. Together we help our clients discover or rediscover their passions and connect with themselves, their communities, and their recoveries. We provide our client’s with the most comprehensive care available in order to give them the best chance for long-term recovery and success.

What Does a Typical Week in IOP Look Like?

While we pride ourselves on our ability to meet our clients where they are at, most weeks in IOP will include some variation of the following:

  • A thorough initial assesment (If the client is not stepping down from our PHP level of care)
  • Individual Therapy (minimum once per week)
  • Group Therapy (6-15 sessions per week depending on clinical need)
    • Psycho-educational Groups
    • Experiential Therapy Groups
    • CBT/DBT
    • Relapse-Prevention
    • Life Skills Training
    • Accountability Group
    • Nutrition in Recovery
    • Boundaries and Attachment
    • Mindfulness and Spiritual Counseling
    • Principles of Recovery
    • and more
  • Family Therapy
  • EMDR and/or Trauma Therapy (when clinically appropriate)
  • Coordination with Our Psychiatrist (minimum one session every two weeks)
  • Case Management (minimum one session per week)
    • Career & Educational Goal Setting
    • Financial Planning
    • Interview Training
    • Resume Building
    • Coordination of Medical Appointments
  • Group Outings
  • Continuing Recovery & Aftercare Planning

Read below for more details about these services.

Sample Schedules

People are not one-size-fits-all, why should recovery be?

Every client’s experience at Nexus Recovery is unique. As a boutique treatment center we are able to customize a client’s treatment plan based on their individual needs. However, we also understand that it can be helpful to visualize what a typical week in our program may be like. Below are sample schedules and explanations of all levels of outpatient care we offer here at Nexus including Partial Hospitalization (PHP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Outpatient (OP), Aftercare, and Alumni Programming. Again, these are just samples and an individual’s schedule is determined by their clinical care team.


Clients who are newly sober, or coming directly from detox or a residential treatment center may begin our program in the Partial Hospitalization (PHP) level of care.

A client can be in our PHP program for anywhere from 0 to 30 days. How long a client is in this phase is dependent upon their needs and the continued assessment of out clinical team. In this phase, clients attend Nexus for 6 hours a day, 5 days per week. Designed to provide a solid foundation, the PHP program at Nexus incorporates a number of different treatment modalities and gives our clients the tools they need to build upon as they progress through our program. Below is a sample schedule of what a week in our PHP level of care may look like. However, it is important to note that a clients schedules is ultimately determined based on recommendations from the treatment team and a client’s individual needs.

2 Phase two (IOP)

The Intensive Outpatient (IOP) level of care generally lasts anywhere from 0 to 30 days. Depending on a client’s needs, this level of care can either follow a PHP program or, for many clients, can be their initial level of care here at Nexus.

The assessments conducted prior to admission into our program help determine what level of care is recommended to each client who enters our program. Clients who enter our program at the IOP level of care are held to higher standards placing more responsibility on the individual. At this level of care, clients are engaging more in school, work, and/or family life. In this phase, clients attend treatment three to five days per week for three to four hours per day depending on their unique needs.

Schedules at the IOP level of care vary more widely based on the gender and the clinical needs of each individual. As a reminder, these are meant to serve as samples only. A clients care schedule will ultimately be determined through coordination between them and their clinical care team.

3 Phase Three (OP)

The Outpatient (OP) level of care at Nexus is generally designed for clients who have been sober for an extended period of time but are in need of additional support.

Most clients in the Outpatient level of care have already completed a PHP and/or IOP level of care. They have built a foundation in their recovery programs and are attending treatment either one or two days a week, spending more time outside of the treatment facility pursuing or engaging in work, school, and/or familial obligations. Clients are still able to benefit from group, individual, and family therapy in addition to peer support from the Nexus community and case management.

Studies show that the longer someone spends in treatment, the more likely they are to stay sober long-term. While the time spent at Nexus is minimal during the OP level of care, the accountability and support that our staff and community provide give our clients the best chance at long term happiness, success, and sobriety.

4 Phase Four (Aftercare & Alumni Programs)

Being a part of the Nexus Community means you have found a community for life.

Usually someone participating in the Aftercare and Alumni Program here at Nexus has been sober for six months or more. They have moved through the different phases of our program, reintegrated into society, realized their potential, and found meaning, purpose, and usefulness in their lives. While we are always here to support our alumni, clients in this phase have transitioned to fully independent living and require minimal support from our clinical team. Having found a home here at Nexus, clients in Aftercare and Alumni Services are always welcome at our facility to participate in community activities. We work individually with each client to help ensure that when they complete our program and leave Nexus, they are leaving with established connections to their mind, body, and spirit, along with a clear set of tools and a support system in place.

Alumni & Family Testimonials

“Nexus Recovery Services outpatient program is by far the best I’ve ever been to. Fighting addiction for the past 12 years I have been to a lot of intensive outpatient programs over the years and had a variety of experiences but none of them provided the level of comfort, care, and accountability that Nexus did for me. All of the staff and clinical team are hardworking, passionate people who are almost all in recovery and provide such a warm experience to their clients. The one on one therapy sessions combined with the varied group topic discussions and field trips provided an experience for me that gave me a foundation to kickstart my journey in recovery that I am forever grateful for. I frequent Nexus on a regular basis still to this day because I was given a new family there. I am forever grateful for Nexus… will consider everyone there friends and family for the rest of my life”

About Our Intensive Outpatient Program

Individual are not one-size-fits-all so why should recovery be?

Our Intensive Outpatient Program is designed to adapt to meet the needs of each client in our program. With a variety of therapeuti modalities and treatment elements, we are able to keep clients engaged in treatment long-term, while also addressing both the underlying causes of addiction and the development of a new set of tools to lead happy, successful, sober lives. Our Intensive Outpatient program includes:

Coordination with Psychiatrist: If needed, we may refer you to a psychiatrist who will assess your needs and can make changes to medications or other aspects of care that address any underlying mental health conditions.

Individual therapy: During this stage of treatment, you will continue to meet with your individual therapist on a weekly basis. These weekly sessions will provide you with the opportunity to continue to identify and work through any underlying issues impacting your recovery and strengthen your emotional regulation skills.

Family therapy: Upon entering the Intensive Outpatient Program, you can continue to attend our weekly multi-family education group. Family members are still encouraged to attend and learn how to support your during your transition to less intensive treatment.

Group therapy: IOP clients may still attend a variety of groups that are offered on a daily basis. In addition to Process Groups, 12-Step Groups, and Multi-Family Groups, you also have access to groups focusing on health and wellness, life skills training, relapse prevention, and the psychology of positive recovery.

Case management: As you transition to less intensive treatment, your case manager will still be monitoring your treatment program and developing a plan for discharge. Aftercare planning is crucial during this phase, meaning your case manager will be actively assisting you to put systems in place that will support you outside of treatment. These may include referrals to sober living options, employment or educational services, and ongoing medical care.

Psycho-Education & Experiential groups: IOP clients may still attend psychoeducation and experiential groups to continue to develop healthy interpersonal relationships, strengthen emotional self-regulation, and explore holistic treatment modalities. Yoga, meditation, cognitive restructuring, Chinese medicine, and mindfulness groups are some of the groups that may available.

Holistic services: IOP clients may still engage in holistic therapies during this phase of treatment. Some of the integrative treatment options at Nexus include acupuncture, EDMR, neurofeedback, Somatic Work.

Community involvement: We believe community involvement is important during the entire treatment process. During this phase of treatment, you may be encouraged to take on more responsibility within the Nexus and local community. This may include taking part in our internship program, engaging in community service, and becoming a Big Brother to those who are new to recovery.

Spiritual counseling: IOP clients continue to build upon spiritual practices they developed during initial phases of treatment. There remains deep focus on developing self-worth, practicing self-compassion, exercising gratitude, and identifying and exploring life purpose. You may still attend weekly groups with our trained spiritual counselor and will continue to develop your spiritual self in 12-Step groups.

Nutritional & Fitness counseling: Clients may continue to attend groups devoted to learning about optimal nutritional health and how to maintain good nutritional practices outside of treatment. Clients may also take part in a fitness assessment and create fitness goals to enhance mindfulness about properly caring for the body.

Career & educational planning: As clients enter a less intensive phase of treatment, they may have access to career and education services such as resume building, academic planning, and financial goal setting. These services continue to assist clients in envisioning and creating a fulfilling life outside of treatment.

Group outings: IOP clients may still take part of group outings, which can include trips to the beach, hiking local trails, or visiting a nearby surf spot.

Continuing recovery & aftercare planning: During this phase of treatment, your Continuing Recovery Aftercare Plan is revisited and updated based on your progress, goals, and needs. Systems will continue to be put in place that are designed to help you maintain your sobriety after you leave treatment.

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