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Intensive Outpatient Services

Our goal at St. Joseph Recovery Center is to provide comprehensive and individualized care to individuals grappling with substance abuse and mental health challenges through our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Our mission is to empower clients to achieve lasting recovery, regain control of their lives, and foster holistic well-being.

Facilitate Recovery

Guide clients on their journey to sobriety and mental wellness by offering effective coping strategies, relapse prevention techniques, and tools for managing triggers and cravings. This is achieved through both individual and group counseling.

Encourage Accountability and Responsibility

Foster a culture of accountability and responsibility by encouraging active participation in therapy sessions, group discussions, and treatment goals, empowering individuals to take ownership of their recovery journey. Individuals are encouraged to remain in connection with SJRC’s IOP alumni community to assist in maintaining long-term sobriety.

Enhance Life Skills

Equip individuals with practical life skills and resources to navigate challenges, rebuild relationships, and foster a sense of purpose and self-esteem beyond addiction.

Empower Long-Term Success/ Case Management

Prepare clients for successful reintegration into their communities by developing aftercare plans, connecting them with community resources, and offering ongoing support to ensure sustained recovery and mental wellness beyond the program.

As I am nearing completion of my 12-week Intensive Outpatient Program I feel compelled to step back, reflect, and extend my appreciation to all who have guided me through my recovery at St. Joe’s.  It has been exciting, and challenging, to be a participant in this pilot program.  Rudy, one of my facilitators, has been inclined to say that we are building our airplane while up in the air.  I believe I can speak for my colleagues in the program that we are all so happy to be part of this “launch!”

 I intuitively knew St. Joe’s was for me from the moment I walked through the doors, and I have never wavered. I have come to appreciate just how layered the care is here, from our housekeeping staff to administrative staff, to clinical staff, BHT’s, nurse practitioners, case management, security. I could go on and on.

Upon leaving a 40-day stay in Residential I became aware of just how tender, how vulnerable I was. These emotions surprised me, for the Residential experience was extremely fortifying. I left here with tools, with resolve, with a hunger and a wonder for what might lie ahead for me. However, my landing at home was extremely rough. I had damaged tender relationships, shattered trust, pulled the rug out from beneath my family. I could hardly breathe at times.  I needed IOP-in a very deep way. And as we know, it was not easy to get me into this program.  I held my breath for days, praying for this opportunity to fortify my recovery, while Heather, Justin, Chloe and Donna worked to make this program possible for me.

Once here I was astonished to see just what Rudy, Ellisha, and everyone else here were creating-and I dove in: into the work, into the camaraderie, into the weaving together of our IOP family.  I feel loved by everyone in my group, and I reciprocate fully.


I would like to pivot to a very personal note. I have done a fair amount of therapeutic work in my lifetime, working to unravel the knots of deep trauma, wounds, addictions.  I thought I had uncovered it all-through individual therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, group therapy, EMDR. Yet right here, in this room, in the loving care of Rudy and my classmates I made a critical, seminal breakthrough.  Rudy led me into the territory, and this group encouraged my breakthrough. They held me, treasured me.  I too have been a part of others’ breakthroughs, “aha moments,” watched marriages deepen, friendships develop and deepen.  We could not ask for a richer experience.

And then there is the joy, the laughter-such comfort, such a balm, as we address this difficult work-discerning the roots of our addictions and pain. A day does not pass when someone doesn’t bring in an offering:  Pop Tarts, Mountain Dew, coffee, candy, fruit, biscuits.  Once again, we could not ask for more. 

I also want to acknowledge everyone behind the scenes of our Intensive Outpatient Program. The screenings, the paperwork, the gestures that the St. Joe’s community makes to secure our recovery. At 8 A.M. without fail the doors open, and we are greeted with care, and with respect.  Mark makes sure we feel safe-no real growth takes place without that sense of safety in place. I deeply appreciate each and every one of these efforts.

I hope to remain linked to St. Joes. Is Outpatient Therapy my next step? I’m not certain.  What I do know is that I have a resolve to live a purpose-driven life. Will I return to teaching, or does God have another plan for me?  What I do know is that I absolutely have St. Joe’s to thank for all of it.

Someone told me early on in my work here that recovery from addiction is like riding a bicycle uphill.  I must continue to work lest the gravitational pull of addiction overpowers my resolve.  It’s a powerful image-and a potent message. I cannot say I am grateful for the relapse that led me to St. Joe’s, but I certainly am filled with gratitude for all that has followed.

Gina V

- I am grateful to still be sober today.

- I am grateful for my mother and family to still be in my life.

- I am grateful for this classroom full of knowledge.

- I am grateful that I have been accepted in this groupkind of like my second family. 

- I am grateful for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and etc. chances. 

- I am grateful to have been lucky enough to find this program. 

- I am grateful to get to have been surrounded by such beautiful people that do care. 

- I am grateful to get to sit back and watch people grow and get stronger as people. 

- I am grateful to have very gifted teachers and fellow classmates in this thing we call IOP.


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How Does It Work?

St. Joseph Recovery Center's Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to provide comprehensive care and support to individuals seeking recovery from substance abuse and mental health challenges. Here's how our program works:


Weekly Therapy Sessions

Clients are required to attend one hour of individual professional therapy per week, providing personalized support and guidance tailored to their specific needs. Additionally, clients participate in one hour of individual supportive counseling per week, offering a safe space for processing emotions, addressing concerns, and building coping strategies with one of our qualified Peer Recovery Support Specialists.


Program Structure

St. Joseph Recovery Center's IOP operates Monday through Wednesday, with an optional makeup day on Thursdays to accommodate missed sessions.


Clients have the flexibility to choose between morning sessions (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM) or afternoon sessions (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM), allowing them to select the time slot that best fits their schedule and preferences.


Group Therapy and Counseling

The program includes six hours of professional group therapy per week, focusing on skill-building, different therapeutic interventions, and exploration of recovery topics in a group setting. Clients also engage in three hours of supportive group counseling per week, fostering camaraderie, empathy, and mutual encouragement among participants.


Capacity and Duration

The program can accommodate up to 24 clients, ensuring personalized attention and a supportive group dynamic. St. Joseph Recovery Center's IOP program spans 12 weeks, providing participants with a structured yet flexible timeline for their recovery journey.


Telehealth and Transportation

To enhance accessibility, the program offers telehealth individual sessions, allowing clients to participate remotely from the comfort of their own homes. Additionally, transportation services are available in Parkersburg and the immediate surrounding areas, ensuring that clients have reliable means of attending sessions and accessing support.

What do they need to do to get into the program?

To enroll in St. Joseph Recovery Center's Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), individuals typically need to take the following steps:


Contact Our Office: Call our office at 304-619-1881 to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members. During this initial contact, you can express your interest in the IOP program and inquire about available treatment options.


Assessment and Evaluation: Upon contacting our office, you will undergo an initial assessment and evaluation process. This may involve discussing your medical history, substance use patterns, mental health concerns, treatment goals, and any other relevant information to determine the appropriateness of the IOP program for your needs.


Customized Treatment Plan: Based on the information gathered during the assessment, our team will work with you to custom tailor a treatment plan that aligns with your unique circumstances, preferences, and recovery objectives. This may include determining the frequency and duration of therapy sessions, selecting appropriate group activities, and addressing any specific areas of focus in your recovery journey.


Enrollment and Scheduling: Once your treatment plan has been established, you can proceed with enrolling in the IOP program. Our staff will assist you in scheduling therapy sessions, group meetings, and any other necessary appointments, taking into account your availability and preferences.


Continued Support and Communication: Throughout your participation in the IOP program, our team will provide ongoing support, guidance, and encouragement to help you stay on track with your recovery goals. We encourage open communication and collaboration between clients and staff members to ensure that your needs are met effectively.

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