Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
in Massachusetts

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Worcester MA

Treatment at Lake Ave Recovery is unlike any other Massachusetts treatment center. IOP is a great treatment of choice for most substance use disorders, including opioid, alcohol and heroin dependence that offers flexibility for your day-to-day life and is offered from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Our treatment CURE is founded in Compassion, Understanding, Respect, and Empathy.

Lake Ave Recovery’s Intensive Outpatient Program length of stay is driven by medical necessity that focuses on a person’s strengths, needs, abilities and preferences resulting in a comprehensive and effective individualized treatment plan and generally ranges between two to four (2-4) weeks, declining in frequency as the individual establishes community supports and resumes normal daily activities.

A Typical Day

The program meets in the morning and typically includes didactic sessions, process groups, 12 step facilitation, and experiential offerings that focus on the skills needed to overcome the problem areas uncovered in the initial assessment. Many believe that effective counseling is a more powerful tool than medication for addressing specific issues such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lake Ave Recovery’s therapeutic services go beyond talking. Experiential or mindfulness activities which include restorative sessions in a quiet lake cove, forest bathing, nature walks, light strength and fitness training, yoga, Tai-Chi, Qigong, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, or any number of new and engaging activities, provide innovative and novel experiences to enhance healing. Our on-site therapy dogs assist our professional curative team in providing the comforting and uplifting atmosphere we pride ourselves on.

Our seasonal activities are what truly set us apart and include kayaking, rowing, sailing, and boating. Our clinicians believe in going along on this transformative journey with you and participate in all of the activities alongside a certified instructor.

Feeling tense? Take a moment to relax in one our custom zero-gravity or massage chairs or spend some one-on-one time with your individual therapist.


We offer a trauma informed holistic approach to drug and alcohol treatment We utilize a psycho-educational, evidence based, solution focused setting, integrating a wellness approach that uses variety of experiential and mindfulness activities.

  • Psychotherapy
  • Ego-Modifying Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Therapy
  • Experiential and Mindfulness Therapy
  • Role-Playing
  • Medication Assisted Recovery
  • PTSD Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Social Skills Therapy

Intensive Outpatient Treatment allows for individuals to focus on developing lifelong recovery skills while maintaining structure to maximize the recovery environment and minimize exposure to high-risk encounters. We believe in the importance of the support of family and positive relationships and encourage loved ones to be involved in the treatment process.

Benefits of IOP Treatment

We aim to instill individuals with the life skills and resources needed to finally break free from the addiction that weighs so heavy on their lives. Throughout treatment, our clients are under the guidance of experienced medical and clinical professionals. With access to on-site psychopharmacology and support for Medical Assisted Recovery (MAR), individuals with co-occurring disorders or withdrawal medications can rest assure that they are under professional expert care.

Is the IOP Program Right for You?

We make it easy to accommodate drug and alcohol treatment into busy schedules, so you or your loved one can get the help you need while working, attending school, or raising kids.  It is suggested that the individuals living environment, however compromised, offers enough psychosocial stability to warrant intensive outpatient treatment, and their biomedical condition is stable enough to be managed in an outpatient setting. IOP Services are designed to provide flexible treatment that promulgates stabilization within the community, diverts an inpatient admission, or facilitates a rapid and stable reintegration into the community as a step down from an inpatient admission.

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Day Treatment (Partial Hospitalization Program) in Worcester

The Day Treatment Program is our most comprehensive level of care. Day Treatment meets Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM. We offer a trauma informed holistic care that includes an individualized treatment plan that focuses on a person’s Strengths, Need, Abilities and Preferences and incorporate mindfulness and experiences services into treatment.

Evening Addiction Treatment Program in Worcester

Our Evening Treatment Program is tailored for individuals with work, education or family responsibilities. We provide short-term evening programming that consists of intensive treatment within a stable therapeutic milieu.

Outpatient Addiction Program in Massachusetts

Our Outpatient Program is our least intensive level of care designed for those who have already completed a treatment program but still want the additional support for maintenance as well as those with other life obligations.

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We have a longstanding foundation in the treatment and recovery community

Lake Avenue Recovery is a state licensed and Joint Commission accredited organization committed to promoting, maintaining, and restoring the dignity, well-being and mental health for those with substance use disorders and their families serving greater Worcester county and beyond.

  • 132 Years Clinical Excellence
  • 105 Years Recovery Experience
  • 8:1 Ratio Client to Staff
  • 12 Publications on Alcohol and Drug Use
  • 132 Years Clinical Excellence
  • 105 Years Recovery Experience
  • 8:1 Ratio Client to Staff
  • 12 Publications on Alcohol and Drug Use

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