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Intensive Outpatient Treatment

"Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.”
American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2011

About IOP

Virginia Hospital Center offers a three-phase program focused on an evidenced based model of recovery. The model includes education about the disease of addiction, behavioral training, and participation in the 12 steps program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and stress reduction techniques.

The program is offered in a small group environment where patients work together toward achieving their recovery goals. Individual attention is provided to each person by our professional, certified and experienced counseling staff. One-on-one counseling sessions are also available to supplement and enhance the recovery process.

Phase I – Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our Phase I program consists of 15 three-hour sessions which focus on the A to Z of addiction and recovery. Task oriented and educationally based, patients work closely within the group dynamic to put learning into action and support the recovery process. Patients must attend 3 AA/NA meetings per week, abstain from all alcohol and/or drugs, and attend sessions regularly. Patients work from a structured syllabus, using evidence-based materials, many from the leader of addiction treatment, Hazelden of Minnesota.

The sessions meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6pm to 9pm for 5 weeks.

Phase II – Relapse Prevention

The second phase of our Outpatient program is 8 weeks in length and meets twice a week. Similar to Phase I, patients follow a structured syllabus that educates on relapse and relapse-prevention.

The sessions meet Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm or from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for 8 weeks.

Phase III – Sober Living Skills

There is life after recovery, and the Sober Living Skills program teaches patients how to achieve a quality of life necessary to maintain long term sobriety.

The sessions meet every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm or from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for 8 weeks.

Family and Concerned Persons Program

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA),
“An important factor in the recovery process is the presence and involvement of people who believe in the person’s ability to recover; who offer hope, support, and encouragement; and who also suggest strategies and resources for change. Family members, peers, providers, faith groups, community members, and other allies form vital support networks.”

At Virginia Hospital Center we engage families fully in the recovery of the patient, knowing that to do so offers up to 40% in recovery success. (www.alcoholismresources.com)

The sessions meet every Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All sessions are free.

Outpatient Info
    • Phone 703.558.6750
    • Office Hours
      10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Phase I
      M, W, F 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    • Phase II
      T, Th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      T, Th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Phase III
      Th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      Th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Clinical Director
      Eydie Guerrero, LCSW

1701 N. George Mason Drive | Arlington, VA 22205-3698 | tel 703.558.5000
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