Lindner Center of HOPE Opens Intensive Outpatient Program for Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders

Lindner Center of HOPE will open an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders for adults on Monday, April 29, 2013.

Approximately 1 in 11 people suffer with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, or roughly 22 million Americans. For many, addiction is fueled by a co-occurring mental health issue. In fact, 60 percent of those with substance use disorders also have another psychiatric disorder. Statistics indicate that 35 to 56 percent of persons with psychiatric disorders also exhibit a drug/alcohol use disorder. To overcome addiction, the pain and loss that is caused by addiction must be replaced by lasting sobriety. To bring about real sober living, underlying issues like mental health disorders must be simultaneously addressed and coping skills and strategies must be exercised to prevent relapse.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Lindner Center of HOPE is an intensive treatment option for the person experiencing challenges with substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders. The IOP provides a therapeutic and supportive environment for patients struggling with substance use problems and abstinence. The IOP at Lindner Center of HOPE is unique in its ability to work with patients struggling with dual diagnosis or multiple diagnoses. The program can also accommodate patients on medication, including Suboxone.

The structure of the IOP relies on the participation of a group of individuals all of whom are experiencing difficulty resulting from substance use, and are in need of treatment at a moderately high level of care. This program can serve as a step down from residential or a step up from individual therapy. Participants attend 6 to 9 p.m., three evenings per week – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, returning home between treatment sessions to test skills and abstinence, and to begin to adjust to a substance-free lifestyle. The program duration is customizable to individual need, but in most cases will last 6, 8 or 12 weeks.

Lindner Center of HOPE has built a reputation of excellence and clinical success in the diagnosis and short-term residential treatment of addictions and co-occurring disorders in its Sibcy House unit. The IOP offers an expansion of the continuum of care of addiction and co-occurring disorders services offered at Lindner Center of HOPE.

Lindner Center of HOPE’s IOP programming is evidence-based utilizing Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Community Support Facilitation treatment models. Psycho education, group psychotherapy, didactic lectures, individual counseling sessions and homework assignments also are incorporated. Both 12 Step and non-12 Step community support groups are also offered on site at Lindner Center of HOPE for the benefit of IOP participants. Participants will learn about the disease of addiction, as well as other co-occurring disorders and how to treat the disease with therapy, life style changes and behavioral changes.

Patients Appropriate for Lindner Center of HOPE IOP

  • Adults ages 18 and older.
  • Individuals experiencing problems with addiction and/or co-occurring disorders significant enough to affect daily functioning or quality of life, problems maintaining sobriety but not severe enough to need detoxification, hospitalization or residential services.
  • Individuals needing to step down from residential treatment or step up from individual therapy.
  • Individuals with a current substance related diagnosis included in the most current edition of the DSM. Individuals with a secondary diagnosis related to mental health issues may also be present.
  • Program participants must have a referral and an established outpatient provider.

Program Facts:

  • The program operates Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Patients and referrers will work with intake professionals by phone to be admitted to IOP.
  • IOP enrollees check in between 5:45 and 6 p.m. and check out between 9 and 9:15 p.m. at the Welcome Center.
  • Program lasts a total of 3 hours a day and participants attend 3 days per week, for a total minimum of 9 hours per week.
  • Each participant must also be receiving individual therapy that addresses alcohol or drug related issues at Lindner Center of HOPE or another qualified provider.
  • The duration of the program is 6 weeks, however, duration may be extended if deemed to be therapeutically necessary.
  • The program is group based, however, supports individual therapy at Lindner Center of HOPE or elsewhere, family therapy, and community support groups.
  • Many insurance plans will reimburse for IOP. The patient will be responsible for the payment of all services not covered by the patient’s insurance.

How to Refer:

  • Patients must have a referral from an outpatient provider.
  • Referrers should complete a referral form (Click Here for Form) regarding the patient. This form can be faxed directly to Intake IOP at 513-536-0509.
  • Or, be prepared to give demographic and brief clinical information to the hospital intake staff when calling (513) 536-HOPE (4673) and asking for intake/admissions for IOP.
  • Patients will then be contacted by staff to discuss benefits and to schedule the full intake assessment with the program coordinator.
  • The referral source will be contacted once a decision is made to admit the patient into IOP.

Call (513) 536-HOPE (4673) and ask for intake for IOP admissions. For program information call (513) 536-HOPE and ask to speak to the IOP coordinator or visit www.lindnercenterofhope.org/iop for more information.


Lindner Center of HOPE provides patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, free-standing mental health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Center provides psychiatric hospitalization for individuals age 12-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, research and voluntary, live-in services. The Center’s clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Lindner Center of HOPE is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.

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