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Intensive Outpatient

All Outpatient Services are virtual at this time.

Intensive Outpatient Care

We offer specialized Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for adolescents and adults who are able to live at home and desire continued substance use treatment and/or psychological treatment to live full and independent lives. Our Intensive Outpatient Programs meet three times a week for eight weeks and consist of group therapy sessions led by an expert, licensed clinician.

Call our direct number – 203-801-2217 – to speak with an Intensive Outpatient Program specialist.

Why Choose IOP at Silver Hill?

Led by Expert, Licensed Clinicians

Our IOP programs are led by expert, licensed clinicians who have extensive training and experience in guiding patients who are working toward perhaps the most important goals of their life. We practice a team approach to your care and work collaboratively to help you achieve your goals.

Compassionate Care with Respect for your Dignity

We know it takes courage to do the personal work ahead, and we are here to guide you on this journey, treating you with the utmost respect and compassion. Because each person has their own past, present, and future, your treatment will address your specific needs.

A Safe Place for Healing

Silver Hill Hospital is a tranquil and pristine 44-acre campus – a safe and soothing environment designed to foster healing, health, and hope.

 Covered by Insurance and Medicare

Silver Hill Hospital participates with insurance and managed care networks that provide coverage for intensive outpatient services. Our admissions staff can help you determine your insurance benefits.


Specialized IOP Programs

Our programs are specialized, group therapy model connects you with peers who are addressing some of the same challenges and working toward their specific life goals.

Currently all of our programs are offered virtually to ensure your safety and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

Problematic behaviors evolve as a way to cope with a situation or attempt to solve a problem. While these behaviors might provide temporary relief, they often are not effective in the long-term. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) assumes that you are doing the best you can, AND you need to adopt new behaviors to improve your effectiveness. The function of DBT skills is to help enhance your capabilities. There are four core skills taught in DBT:

  • Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in the moment
  • Distress Tolerance: how to build tolerance for sitting with emotional distress
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and building healthy relationships with others
  • Emotion Regulation: learn how to manage emotions, decrease emotional reactivity as you work on building a life worth living

In this 8-week program you will build skills and identify triggers. The program is divided into three segments:

  • Diary Card Review: Diary cards can be an effective way to learn about yourself. You use the card to set and work towards weekly goals as you monitor DBT skill use.  These cards are reviewed in a group setting to help identify problematic behavior patterns and develop strategies to change behaviors.
  • Homework Review: After each session there will be a homework assignment to help you practice the new skills you are learning. You will review your homework in a group setting and receive skills coaching from the group leader.
  • Skills Training: During skills group, you’ll learn about and practice each new skill, talking through scenarios with other people in your group. DBT group leaders provide skills coaching to keep you on track.

Adults: 18+

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00am – 12:20pm

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00am – 12:20pm

Young Adults: 17 – 21

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00am – 12:20pm

Adolescents: 13-17

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 3:00pm – 6:20pm

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use (DBT-S)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use (DBT-S) is a modified version of DBT that incorporates substance abuse prevention strategies that support recovery. DBT-S is designed to promote abstinence, reduce the adverse impacts and length of relapses, and encourage building a life worth living. This program targets:

  • Decreasing substance abuse
  • Relieving physical discomfort associated with abstinence
  • Decreasing cravings
  • Avoiding opportunities and cues to abuse substances
  • Reducing behaviors that support drug abuse
  • Increasing community support of healthy behaviors

Adults: 18+

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am – 12:20pm

Women’s DBT & Safe Relationships

A unique women’s only program designed to help you improve communication, set boundaries, and build your self-worth. You will embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. This 8-week program blends Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, Seeking Safety, and process groups to help you attain safety in your relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions.

Seeking Safety treatment helps participants eliminate self-defeating thought patterns and avoid harmful behaviors while they are developing healthier ways of thinking and acting. Seeking Safety offers a flexible, customizable framework to help individuals whose lives have been disrupted by addiction, PTSD, or other effects of trauma.

DBT assumes that many of the problems you may be experiencing are caused by skills deficits. A key focus in DBT is to improve your ability to use skillful behavior when needed. This program, while touching on many skills, has an emphasis on interpersonal effectiveness strategies.

Process groups provide a compassionate space to work towards healing with the support of highly trained therapists and peers who understand your struggles. Process groups are flexible and adaptive to the unique circumstances of all the participants, ensuring that your personal needs are addressed.

Some topics that will be explored in this program are:

  • Coping with Triggers
  • Healing from Anger
  • Setting Boundaries in Relationships
  • Asking for Help
  • Self-Compassion

Adults: 18+

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00am – 12:20pm

Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program- Temporarily Suspended

The Dual Diagnosis Program is an eight-week Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adults that helps people struggling with addiction to break the cycle of relapse and maintain their sobriety. Addictions to all substances are treated including heroin, opioid pain relievers, alcohol, benzodiazepines, marijuana, cocaine, and other stimulants. In addition, we also identify and treat any underlying mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder.

While in the program you have the option to receive medication management. We may encourage you to consider medications that have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of relapse such as buprenorphine (Suboxone), extended-release naltrexone (Vivitrol), and disulfiram (Antabuse). All of these medications are available through the program.

Our program uses a combination of psychoeducational and process groups.

Process groups provide a compassionate space to work towards healing with the support of highly trained therapists and peers who understand your struggles. Process groups are flexible and adaptive to the unique circumstances of all the participants, ensuring that your personal needs are addressed.

Psychoeducational groups educate you on your disorder and ways of coping. Some topics that will be explored in this program are:

  • Asking for Help
  • Understanding Anxiety
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Family Dynamics and Addiction

Adults: 18+

For more information on our Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program, please call us at 203.801.2217.

Let’s get started.

Allow us to help you get better. Contact us today to find out which program might be right for you, or to begin the process of arranging for treatment.

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1 (866) 542 4455

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