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San Diego’s Premier Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Rehab for AddictionSan Diego Intensive Outpatient Rehab (IOP) Waiting Room

Looking for intensive outpatient alcohol treatment and drug rehab in San Diego? Practical Recovery offers two Intensive Outpatient Programs: Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Individual Intensive Outpatient (IIOP), which permit greater flexibility and independence than residential treatment (rehab) and are adequate for most individuals. They can also provide transitional support after residential treatment.

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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Treatment Team and Services

Our outpatient rehab team consists of exceptionally qualified (mostly doctoral level) clinicians who have worked together for many years. Our treatment team works with each client to devise an individualized treatment plan that fits the client’s needs and schedule.

IIOP (Individual Intensive Outpatient Program) This innovative option for outpatient offers individuals the intensity of residential addiction treatment and the freedom of outpatient rehab. Clients typically have 3 to 15 individual sessions per week with different therapists. Our treatment team collaborates three times per week to coordinate your care. Having a treatment team facilitates rapid identification of issues and creates a synergistic treatment effect. IIOP achieves the therapeutic intensity of rehab without the residential component.

IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) This intensive outpatient rehab option typically consists of one three-hour group session per day, three days per week. Groups are both psycho-educational and process (“here and now”) oriented. Couples and family sessions are also available. The complimentary Continuing Care Group is offered once per week for one year after discharge from the rehab program.

We offer two group IOP rehab tracks to fit your schedule:

Day Track

  • Group meets M/T/TH from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Includes one individual session in addition to groups

Evening Track

  • Group meets M/W/TH from 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Includes one individual session in addition to groups


Our Approach

Our foundational approaches are Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), supplemented by a wide range of psychotherapeutic and holistic healing options, such as:

  • Rational Emotive Therapy (REBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Contingency management
  • Person-centered, solution-oriented therapy
  • Family, couples’ and group therapies
  • Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Psychological assessment
  • Psychiatric/addiction medication
  • Acupuncture
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness, meditation, sand tray, guided imagery and bodywork
  • Spirituality, dream work, energy work,
  • Twelve-step facilitation (if desired)
  • Relapse prevention
  • Recovery coaching
 Together, these approaches help you identify your genuine reasons for changing and provide you with practical and effective tools for doing so.


Issues We Treat in Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Substance and behavioral addictions including:

  • Alcohol
  • Prescription
  • Illicit drugs
  • Nicotine
  • Food
  • Sex
  • Gambling
  • Internet gaming

Underlying Mental Health Issues:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • Self-esteem
  • Life-transition difficulties
  • Grief
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • PTSD