Intensive Outpatient Program Introduction

The Virtue House’s services meet the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Level 2.1 criteria. This level of care consists of at least nine hours of treatment per week in an outpatient setting.

The goal of this program is simple: Help individual’s obtain and sustain long term sobriety by incorporating new skills and tools that become “healthy defenses” that combat the disease of addiction. Our clients learn the skills necessary to become accountable to themselves, their families and the community. The Virtue House aims to promote and maintain a stable and cohesive therapeutic community to all clients served. To assist in ensuring a stable environment The Virtue House follows a detailed schedule that is flexible yet synchronized with an assortment of therapeutic services taking place Monday through Friday.

The program consists of multiple facet treatment modalities. These types of services are provided by a single entity and include psychoeducation groups, relapse prevention, individual counseling, life skills, anger management, case management and social skill building groups.

Most clients will complete the program in six months however the program will be available for continuance if needed beyond. Those that complete the program are encouraged to take an active role in staying connected by sponsoring clients, helping out newcomers, and continuing to attend twelve step meetings.

Admission Criterion

To be admitted into the program, the potential client must:

  • Be admitted voluntarily
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older
  • Be medically stable
  • Not be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Have adequate control over his/her behavior and assessed not to be imminently dangerous to themselves or others
  • Express a desire to recover from addiction to drugs or alcohol
  • Be assessed as medically appropriate and free of any illness that requires isolation from others
  • Be ambulatory (including with the use of a wheelchair or walker) and meet personal needs without assistance

Potential clients will be excluded from consideration if they are:

  • A registered sex offender
  • Require a higher level of care

Those seeking admittance into the program who meet one or more exclusion criterion will be referred, whenever possible, to the program best equipped to meet their needs.

Program Outline

Phase I (First thirty days)

Check-in (group)
Psychoeducation (group)
Substance Use Disorder Counseling (individual)
Case Management & Intake (individual)

Phase II (90 days)

Check-in (group)
Psychoeducation (group)
Substance Use Disorder Counseling (individual)
Case Management (individual)
Anger Management (group)
Life Skills (group)

Phase III (60 days)

Check-in (group)
Substance Use Disorder Counseling (individual)
Case Management (individual)
Social Skill Building (group) (male/female)
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (group)

Criterion for Completing the Program

Clients will complete all components of the above program description as well as obtain and continue working the Twelve Steps with a sponsor, must tell their life story while in Phase II of the program and maintain at least 90% attendance of the six month program.

Description of Program Components

AM/PM Meditation/Check in Group

During each AM/PM Meditation/Check in Group a counselor listens to clients to assess and understand how each one is feeling and thinking. Counselor assists clients to understand stresses and assist them to work through thoughts, stresses and past experiences. Group includes reading daily recovery meditation; each group member is encouraged to comment on content of meditation, identify and discuss current feelings and check in for daily schedule and planning.


Counselor led didactic /education group process. Counselor provides basic Substance Use Disorder education and basic recovery skills installation. Questions and discussion are encouraged.

Life Skills

Counselor led 25-30 week practical skills installation covering the following topics: Toxic Relationships (including relationships with self and others, rights in a relationship, codependency, boundaries, and skills in healthy relationships), Money Management (including debt resolution, budgeting, saving, and credit management), Effective Communication (including communication styles, stress management, and habits of effective people), Physical Health/ STD’s (including preventative education, recognition of various conditions, and safe sexual practices), and Employment (including resume, cover letter and thank you letter writing, job interviewing, and networking). The goal is to increase basic competency in areas covered. Progress is measured by administration of pre and post tests for each of the five core components of curriculum.

Anger Management

Anger Management is a Certified Anger Management Specialist led 10 to 12 week course exploring definitions of anger, family dynamics and family origins of anger, anger as a habit, monitoring anger, events and triggers of anger, physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive cues of anger, importance of self-talk in reduction or promotion of anger, anger as a choice, communication styles of passive, aggressive and assertive, effective communication, and defining anger management to include adaptive coping and relaxation skills. The goal is to increase awareness of anger cues and ability to effectively manage anger. Progress is measured by administration of post testing for accurate comprehension of course learning objectives.

Social Skills

Physical Health and Social Skills Promotion is counselor led recreational activities designed to encourage clients to rediscover hobbies, develop new interests, plan, organize and enjoy physical movement while engaging in development of heightened social skills. Includes social, recreational and leisure events such as softball, yoga, retreats, lake day, and Java Jam. Sober retreats, community and local events provide a plethora of physical, social activities where clients can apply learned therapeutic strategies that may enhance a sustained physical and recreational routine at point of discharge.

Expected Program Outcomes

Expected to serve 190 during the first operating year and of the 190 we expect 60% to remain sober.