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Tampa Bay Recovery Center has helped hundreds of individuals get their lives back on track as one of the best virtual IOP programs in the area. As an in-network facility, we’re committed to helping you find the program that supports your needs.

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Medically reviewed by Erika Dalton, LMSW

Written by Tampa Bay Recovery staff
Updated on October 25, 2023


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At Tampa Bay Recovery Center, we offer a Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for those looking to attend addiction or dual diagnosis treatment from the comfort of their own home. This can allow our clients to continue partaking in daily obligations including work, school, or other activities while still receiving services from our comprehensive addiction specialists

What is a Virtual IOP Program?

Intensive Outpatient Programming is a type of treatment for those suffering from alcohol or drug addiction. It can also be used to help people who deal with dual diagnosis, which is having both addiction and at least one mental health disorder. A person attending IOP in person receives multiple types of therapy, including individual and group counseling. They also may partake in programs like holistic rehab, family therapy, trauma therapy, and more.

Someone who attends virtual IOP receives the same sort of focused care from compassionate experts who understand addiction. These treatment professionals help translate the exact sessions that take place in person to the virtual experience. Both the clinicians providing treatment and the people receiving it use cameras and microphones on their smart devices. This allows everyone to feel the level of comfort that comes with being in the same place. 


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Is A Virtual IOP Program Right for Me?

A virtual IOP program can work for many people. Some people attend a detox program and then are able to return home for the next step in treatment rather than going to a residential program. Still, others may have completed a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and can benefit from stepping down into virtual IOP. Other people may have completed treatment but experienced a relapse or be at risk of using alcohol or drugs again. For them, virtual IOP can provide the right level of treatment for their situation.

Anyone considering virtual IOP should consult a treatment professional to find out more about this option. An assessment can be made of their situation and specific needs to determine which program will work best for them. Even if they initially need a more time-intensive or residential program at first, virtual IOP may fit the bill for the next step in getting sober.

While virtual IOP may not be the best case scenario for everyone, it can be a great option for the following:

How Does Virtual IOP Work?

At Tampa Bay Recovery Center, our virtual IOP programs are simple to do because a limited amount of equipment is needed. In fact, most people already have all they need to attend virtual IOP. Needs include a reliable internet connection and a device such as a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone that includes a camera and microphone. Additionally, they need a quiet place they can sit during sessions without distractions around them. Everything else is provided for them by the doctors and therapists conducting treatment from the facility. 

For those in our Virtual IOP Programs, we still require clients to submit a drug test at our facility or an outside lab once per week.

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Tampa Bay Recovery Center is a premier leader in the provision of addiction treatment services. If you or someone you love is in need of professional care to address a substance use disorder, reach out to us right now at (813) 733-8774 to speak with an admissions specialist who can get you started on the road to recovery.

Is Virtual IOP Effective?

While some may question if virtual IOP can be effective, studies have shown that it proves quite helpful for those who qualify to use it. A 2019 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that IOP programs offer some advantages over residential treatment and regular outpatient programs. These include flexibility such as what time of day or evening the sessions occur. This flexibility extends when a person does not have to leave their home due to using virtual IOP.

IOP also proves effective because it allows the person to continue their treatment after more restrictive programs like detox and residential plans. Many people require some sort of step-down program after those plans, and IOP can provide an optimal way to stay focused on recovery.

With virtual IOP, a person is not restricted to programs in their local area. This opens them up to receiving care from not just a place nearby but other parts of their state or around the country. This convenience is cited as a major benefit by many who enjoy virtual IOP care.

Benefits of Online Addiction Treatment

It might be tempting to think that a virtual IOP program may not offer a lot of benefits. However, many effective results can come from this modern form of addiction treatment. Benefits of this type of treatment include:

Intensive Addiction Treatment: Virtual IOP provides many of the same therapies and other approaches used during residential care. They typically also offer most of the treatments available during in-person IOP.

Convenient Care: Anyone who has used virtual medical care before knows just how easy the process proves to be. Virtual IOP means no need for fighting traffic, parking problems and rearranging a huge block of time in their day. Once a person completes their daily session, they can switch back to the concerns of their daily lives, including work, school, and family.

No In-Person Contact: Even with COVID-19 on the decline, many people still need to take extra precautions to protect their health or that of their loved ones. Attending treatment from home removes the risk of transmitting any type of illness that may come with in-person contact.

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What Makes Tampa Bay Recovery Center Different

One thing that makes Tampa Recovery Center different is the fact that it offers virtual IOP for substance abuse. We can provide many of the same effective, evidence-based treatments that happen in our facility to you while you remain in the comfort of your home. This includes individual therapy, group therapy, and holistic therapy.

Along with that, we offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT). This vital type of treatment combines behavioral therapy with FDA-approved medications that help treat withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. This helps people avoid unnecessary discomfort and pain while they learn to embrace their newfound sobriety.

Get Started with an Online IOP Program Today!

No one starts out experimenting with drugs or alcohol expecting it to grow out of control. For millions, use turns to abuse and then full-blown addiction. If you or someone you love doesn’t know where to turn for help, we have the answer. Tampa Recovery Center provides virtual IOP that changes lives. You can receive valuable, effective care and guidance in overcoming your substance use disorder without leaving your home. Visit our admissions page now and see how easy it is to get started.


Our Philosophy

We believe that getting help for substance use disorders is about much more than just trying to get through another day of not drinking or using drugs. Our mission is to help people reclaim their lives by teaching them how to effectively deal with the stress, trauma, and anxiety that contribute to their addictions. 

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Our staff has over 60 years of combined experience in treating behavioral health disorders. Our compassionate and empathetic approach has helped hundreds.