Intensive Outpatient Rehab Program

Highly-Rated Holistic and Evidence-Based Intensive Outpatient Rehab in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona


Our Intensive Outpatient Rehab Program

Cornerstone Healing Center’s Outpatient Rehab is where we seek to bring about transformative and enduring change in the lives of individuals struggling with addiction.

We firmly believe in our mission to help individuals heal holistically — mind, body, and spirit — and our outpatient drug rehab is a significant part of that journey.  Our program is rooted in the power of combining cutting-edge scientific understanding with profound spiritual principles, ensuring a supportive environment that fosters rapid recovery.

At Cornerstone, we create a safe space for healing, empowering individuals to build long-term recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program is designed as an essential stepping stone in this healing process, providing robust therapeutic services tailored to individual needs and progress.

This unique, immersive program, derived from a deep passion for holistic wellness and integrated 12-step principles, contributes significantly to a year-long healing journey, bringing about life-altering transformation from within.

Intensive Outpatient Rehab Program

Below are the features we offer at our outpatient rehab centers in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ

Healing the Whole Person

Our Treatments and Therapies

Cornerstone's Approach to Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Our approach to outpatient treatment is a comprehensive fusion of science and spirituality, aiming to address addiction in all its complexity. Recognizing that true healing requires more than merely addressing the physical aspects of addiction, we focus equally on the mental, emotional, and spiritual facets of recovery. Our holistic strategy integrates modern scientific understandings of addiction with spiritual principles and practices, fortified by 12-step integration. Ultimately, our intensive outpatient program’s treatment approach serves as a way to spark transformative healing, enabling individuals to reclaim control of their lives and embark on a path of long-term recovery.

What to expect in Intensive Outpatient

Our Intensive Outpatient Program is grounded in the belief that recovery is about more than just physical health; it’s a journey that involves your mind and emotions too. Our outpatient drug rehab center staff brings together the latest scientific research on addiction treatment with effective mental and emotional health strategies.

In our outpatient drug rehab you engage in a variety of therapies, both individually and in groups. We also include unique activities aimed at holistic healing. Our approach focuses on unlocking your inner strength and resilience, delivered through a compassionate and structured framework of diverse therapeutic methods.

We’re committed to making your recovery journey both meaningful and enjoyable. We establish a balanced routine, encourage deep self-reflection through therapy, and integrate fun and enriching activities into the program. This approach doesn’t just help you overcome addiction; it helps you discover a more joyful and fulfilling life. At Cornerstone, our mission is clear – to guide you towards transformative change.

Maria Tisci - Alumni Testimonial

Watch the testimonial from one of our outpatient treatment alumnus:

“Having support from people who have gone through things that you’ve gone through and understand you and not judge you, and you can tell that they actually want to help you. It was something I had never had before.”

Maria’s experience at Cornerstone Healing Center's Outpatient Drug Rehab Centers

Therapy in our
Intensive Outpatient Program

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy serves as a crucial element in outpatient treatment for addiction. We offer custom, one-on-one therapy to comprehensively tackle the unique situations and obstacles of each client’s path toward fulfillment.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a critical component of our intensive outpatient program, creating a nurturing community atmosphere that promotes shared journeys, joint development, and communal healing on the path toward growth.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is essential, fostering recovery and comprehension within family relationships to bolster a client’s healing outpatient journey and strengthen their personal network of support after they leave treatment and begin early recovery.

Meet Our Outpatient Treatment center Team

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Lionel Estrada, LISAC

Clinical Director of Scottsdale Program

Lionel is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) with over 4 years at Cornerstone. Passionate about helping those with addiction and mental health struggles, and he has trained as an EMDR therapist, adopting a trauma-informed approach to find and treat underlying root causes with empathy. 

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Nate Bush, LCSW

Clinical Director of Phoenix Program

Nate began his recovery journey in 2010 and earned a Master’s in Social Work from ASU. He’s been in the Behavioral Health field since 2013. Specializing in CBT, DBT, and grief, Nate is now the Clinical Director of our Phoenix program, underlined by his passion for helping others who struggled with substance abuse issues as he did. 

The Benefits of Cornerstone's Outpatient DRUG REHAB Program

Comprehensive Recovery in a Supportive community Environment

Our outpatient program is designed to deliver intensive, individualized treatment within the supportive environment of our recovery center. Clients engage in structured healing while integrating the experience into daily life. For clients who need it, we provide supportive housing in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona, ensuring access to a stable and safe environment that fosters recovery.

Benefits Individuals transitioning from inpatient care

Our outpatient program delivers more intensive and involved care than our standard outpatient program. It’s tailored for those who seek more intensive support and continuous guidance without the need for round-the-clock medical monitoring. Our flexible arrangements can accommodate various schedules, ensuring you can fully engage in recovery.

Our Intensive Outpatient Rehab Program Provides a Higher Level of Support

Our outpatient program is crafted for individuals who need a comprehensive support system yet do not require the round-the-clock supervision that inpatient treatment entails. Our recovery program bridges the gap between inpatient care and the autonomy of outpatient services by providing a robust framework of therapy sessions, skill-building workshops, and continuous care.

Our Outpatient Program Provides Flexibility to Those Who Need it Most

Given the required dedicated time commitment, our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is particularly well-suited for individuals with flexible schedules. This includes remote workers who can manage their work hours, self-employed individuals who have the autonomy to adjust their business schedules, or those currently transitioning between jobs and can dedicate their time to recovery. 

FAQs About Intensive Outpatient Program

Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about our Intensive Outpatient Program 

What is the intensive outpatient program like?

At Cornerstone Healing Center, our Intensive Outpatient Program bridges full-time care and the real world. It’s perfect for those stepping down from residential treatment or who need a step up from regular outpatient rehab. Our IOP fits into your life, letting you manage work, school, or family, all while getting the intensive support you need.

In our outpatient drug rehab, you’ll spend several hours each week—spread over a few days—in therapy. This isn’t one-size-fits-all care; it’s a blend of one-on-one and group sessions, ensuring you get the personal attention you need and the community support vital for recovery.

We’re all about the latest therapy, from cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies to mindfulness and holistic healing—all parts of our comprehensive outpatient drug rehab center’s approach. And if you’re juggling mental health challenges alongside addiction, we’ve got the dual diagnosis support you need.

But it’s not just about therapy. In our IOP, you’ll learn the life skills and coping strategies you need to stay sober long-term. It’s about taking what works in therapy and making it work in your life. As you grow in confidence and resilience, our experienced therapy team will be with you every step, cheering you on and ensuring you’re ready for lasting success in your recovery journey.

Are intensive outpatient programs effective in treating addiction?

Yes, Intensive Outpatient Programs are effective in treating various types of addiction.[1],[2],[3]. These programs provide a high level of care while allowing individuals to live in their homes and maintain certain everyday activities, balancing intensive treatment and independence.

The effectiveness of IOPs can largely be attributed to their comprehensive and flexible nature. They provide several hours of weekly therapy, including individual therapy, group therapy, and often family therapy. This mix allows for personalized care, peer support, and family involvement, all of which are crucial elements in addiction recovery.

Moreover, IOPs often incorporate evidence-based treatment approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and other types of therapy that are effective in treating addiction.[4] They also include education on addiction and recovery, skill-building, and prevention strategies.

The structure and routine of IOPs can help individuals develop new, healthier habits and behavior patterns, which are key to long-term recovery. IOPs also provide support for co-occurring mental health issues, which can be crucial for individuals with dual diagnoses.

However, it’s important to note that the effectiveness of an IOP can also depend on the individual’s specific needs, their level of commitment to recovery, and the quality and appropriateness of the IOP. Therefore, selecting an IOP that is a good fit for the individual’s unique situation and needs is crucial.

As with all treatment options, it’s also crucial to consider IOP as a step in the continuum of care. Successful recovery often involves progressing through different levels of care and continuing with ongoing support even after completing an IOP. For many individuals, participation in self-help groups, ongoing therapy, or other forms of aftercare can be instrumental in maintaining recovery long-term.

Outpatient Research Studies

[1] Efficacy of Outpatient Intensive Treatment for Drug Abuse

[2] Efficacy of an Intensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program in Alcoholism: Predictors of Outcome 6 Months after Treatment

[3] Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Programs: Assessing the Evidence

[4] Dialectical Behavior Therapy in an Intensive Outpatient Program With a Mixed-Diagnostic Sample†

How long is Cornerstone IOP?

Cornerstone’s Intensive Outpatient Program is 4-8 weeks. It’s important to note that the goal of an IOP is not only to help individuals stop using substances, but also to build the skills and strategies necessary for long-term recovery. Therefore, while the formal IOP may conclude after a certain period, ongoing participation in aftercare services, such as outpatient counseling, support groups, and other recovery maintenance activities, is often recommended to sustain the progress made during the IOP. As with all aspects of addiction treatment, the length and intensity of an IOP should be tailored to the individual’s unique needs and situation, and should be regularly reassessed to ensure that it continues to provide the appropriate level of support.

Does health insurance cover the program?

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs), like the one offered by Cornerstone Healing Center, are generally covered by health insurance.

The degree of coverage can vary significantly depending on the specifics of each insurance policy and the details of the program itself.

Typically, insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of IOPs as they are recognized as an essential part of comprehensive addiction treatment.

It’s important to verify coverage by directly contacting your health insurance provider and asking about your benefits.

Similarly, consultation with the treatment center is crucial to understand the cost of the program and how much your insurance is likely to cover.

Remember, investing in your recovery and mental health is an important step towards a healthier future.

What happens after IOP?

After IOP, many of our clients go into our Standard Outpatient rehab which is similar to IOP but fewer hours/days a week.

Our standard program is meant to help make the transition from treatment to the outside world slower and more effective.

However, not every client undergoing IOP will go to the Outpatient program. In some cases, depending on various factors, clients may go directly into aftercare, where they will have support through our sober coaching program. 

Still have questions about treatment?

Our admissions specialists are here to explain the process, answer any questions you may have, and ensure you’re getting the help you need to live a healthy life free from addiction.

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