Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient FAQ
How long is the program?
Treatment is very individualized, so it is difficult to say exactly how long each person's treatment process will take. In fact, recovery can last many months or years, and while an intensive treatment experience will undoubtedly accelerate recovery, it is only one leg of the journey. Ongoing individual work may still be necessary for many people, and some may even enter intensive treatment more than once. Most people stay in IOP treatment for eating disorders anywhere from 3-9 months; however, the length of stay is unique for each person, with a variety of factors contributing.
What is the average age of the clients?
The age range at Focus varies during any given time. We treat adult females ages 18 and older.
Is iOP covered by insurance?
Yes, Focus is contracted with many insurance companies such as Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Aetna, United Behavioral Health (UBH) Cigna and Magellan. If your insurance company is not contracted with us, we may be able to make a single case agreement on your behalf, so please reach out and we would be happy to explore that for you.
What would I have to commit to if I entered treatment?
While IOP is less of a commitment than residential treatment, it is still a very intensive level of care and does require dedication and commitment.
The IOP program for eating disorders meets three afternoon / evenings per week. Each session is three hours in length. Over time, women gradually reduce the number of groups attended per week. A meeting with the treatment team occurs each six weeks (or as indicated) to discuss your goals, progress and feedback. In addition to keeping food and feelings logs each day, regular meetings with the program dietitian are required, and those meetings occur weekly or bi-weekly.
Because the IOP for eating disorders is group-based therapy, and because so many underlying thoughts and feelings can emerge throughout the group therapy process, it is mandatory that each patient also meets with her own individual therapist outside of the IOP program throughout the duration of the specialized eating disorder treatment.
Finally, there may be times that the treatment team will recommend regular visits with additional providers, such as a psychiatrist, physician, or family or trauma specialist.