Knoxville Intensive Outpatient Service

  • Therapeutic Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Ambulatory Detox Services

Recovery Strategies Intensive Outpatient Service is a treatment program that acts as part of a step-down program from inpatient care or Partial Hospitalization. Recovery Strategies Knoxville IOP patients are ready for a less intensive level of care than inpatient, yet need a higher level of intervention than general outpatient services can provide. These patients are ready stay committed towards their sobriety and participating in their communities in a positive and healthy way.

As a patient of Recovery Strategies IOP you would typically attend groups 4 times a week for 3 hours a day. These group are aimed at discussing a wide range of topics including 12 step fellowships, release prevention, and family dynamics. At a minimum, our IOP patients meet with their Primary Therapist once monthly.

General Categories of Treatment

Group Therapy Treatment: group therapy, lectures, 12 Step groups, videos, educational workshops on topics covering co-occurring disorders, irrational beliefs and relapse prevention.

Individual Treatment: specialized groups (grief support, opioid support, chronic pain, tobacco cessation); time spent doing treatment work, or

Structured Free Time: check ins, breaks, lunch. Support Person: patients and their support person meet as a group to learn about the disease of
addiction and how it impacts relationships.

Wellness and Nutrition: empowering patients with new knowledge and skills for healthier eating and physical activity.

At Recovery Strategies IOP, our emphasizes is 12- Step Recovery, daily review of challenges, relapse prevention, proven therapeutic applications and to develop a plan for all patients to achieve safe and healthier forms of living. All services are provided by knowledgable and licensed health care providers. If Ambulatory detox is needed, it is offered outside of IOP hours as a separate therapeutic service.

IOP Frequently Asked Questions

Intensive outpatient programs provide a multi-disciplinary treatment team consisting of a  licensed psychiatrist, counselor and / or social worker who provide a comprehensive  approach to help you get your life back. These services are provided for less than 3  hours per day, up to five days per week, and are similar to services provided in the  hospital. It involves group therapy where you will learn to identify and cope with  relationship problems, enhance your problem solving skills and learn new ways to adapt  to your problems. Individual counseling and family or marital therapy, along with  psychiatric medication management may also occur.  

If you are unsafe, pose an imminent risk of danger to yourself or someone else, or are  experiencing psychotic symptoms, IOP is not the right level of care for you. When  someone is in immediate danger of hurting themselves or others, or is experiencing  psychotic symptoms, they typically require 24 hour observation in a psychiatric hospital.  Similarly, if you are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, and are able to function  without difficulties, IOP is probably not the right level of care for you either. In this case,  traditional individual therapy and psychiatric medications should be tried first. However,  if you are experiencing moderate to severe symptoms and are having difficulties  functioning, IOP could be the right level of care for you.  

Yes, most people have some apprehensions about discussing their problems in front of  other people. This fear and apprehension is understandable. Most of us were taught not  to express our feelings in public. So if we can’t express how we feel, what do we do?  You can start by listening to others. Soon, you will begin to recognize that others are  experiencing problems similar to yours. Group participation is something that happens  with time, as you feel more connected to other group members. Groups are very  powerful and help us recognize that as humans we all share many of the same  experiences and there are many ways to cope with them. Groups help us recognize that  we are not alone and that there is hope for recovery.  

Enrollment in our Knoxville IOP occurs on a rolling basis so, someone can begin the program at  any time and usually within a day or two of initial contact. Please call our intake line at  865-691-1250 and get started today.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is for anyone who wants to change or stop their  use of alcohol or other illicit substances.  

Eligibility for the IOP is determined by a one-hour clinical assessment conducted by our  clinicians as part of the admissions process. Most people are eligible for our IOP unless  they have life-threatening withdrawal or medical conditions, a living environment that  would prevent successful treatment, or a mental health condition that would prevent  effectual participation in a group setting. Our clinicians will help to determine someone’s  appropriateness for our program through a phone screening and in person assessment,  so if you’re uncertain, give us a call at 865-691-1250.  

Following completion of the Recovery Strategies IOP program our alumni engagement  staff will check in with people by phone, text and email weekly for the first month,  biweekly for months 2 and 3 and then monthly up to 12 months after completion. We put  an emphasis on supporting the progress of all of our group participants, including those  that do not finish the group. If you don’t wish to be contacted you can easily opt out of  follow up calls. We strongly encourage continued contact since it is linked to so heavily  to positive improvements in recovery and improved overall health and wellness.  

Our staff will assist you in creating an aftercare plan. We offer an ongoing and unlimited  alumni support group.  

Participants are encouraged to participate in community-based support group meetings  and will be given information on wellness groups, and/or peer recovery coaching as  continued aftercare.  

We will also assist with referrals to individual counseling, psychiatric care, and family  and couples counseling as appropriate in order to strengthen a foundation for long-term  recovery. Our staff are knowledgeable about effective and trustworthy resources in the  areas we serve.