Eating Disorder 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 – 12 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 males and females ages 18 and older and have an additional program for teens ages 13-17.

Is it covered by insurance?

Yes, most major insurance plans cover intensive outpatient level of care for eating disorders. In the instance that insurance does not cover, our admissions team aims to be as supportive and flexible as possible in making treatment accessible and affordable.

What would I have to commit to if I entered treatment?

The IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) meets three to four afternoons per week depending on your clinical need. Each session is three hours in length. Over time, clients gradually reduce the number of groups attended per week. A meeting with the treatment team (typically on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon) occurs each six weeks to discuss your goals, progress and feedback and to discuss your unique step-down schedule. In addition to keeping food and feelings logs each day, regular meetings with the program dietitian are required, and those meetings would occur weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, based on your needs. It is mandatory that each patient also meets with her own individual therapist throughout the duration of the IOP treatment. 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.

What is the family involvement during treatment?

The adolescent program includes a weekly Family Skills group, when family members join the teenager for group family therapy. This important group offers the family members and the adolescent the opportunity to talk openly about the eating disorder and to gain valuable education and skills for healing and recovery. Family Night for the adults occurs once per month, and follows a similar structure.