What is Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders
There are many levels of care in eating disorder treatment. The most intensive treatment is Inpatient Hospitalization. Residential Treatment is a step down from this. After 24-hour residential care, Partial Hospitalization AKA Day treatment is the next level down. This includes spending the day in treatment and going home in the evenings. One meal and or snack is eating at home. The next lowest care outside of pure outpatient treatment (once weekly sessions with your dietitian and therapist) is Intensive Outpatient treatment, otherwise known as IOP.
The IOP program runs three to five days a week for three to five hours/day, depending on the program. This includes therapeutic groups, one meal and one snack, and nutrition education. There can be offsite outings to practice skills of daily living, like grocery shopping, and social outings, as well as challenges related to meals in social settings. The individual in the IOP program will meet with their therapist and dietitian at least once a week for individual sessions. There is a psychiatrist involved in the treatment team to manage medical stability and medications.
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