Substance Abuse
Intensive Outpatient Program In Charlotte, North Carolina


Level 2.1 Intensive Outpatient Services ASAM Criteria Service

Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP) offered at our Charlotte, North Carolina office is a combination of structured individual and group addiction counseling activities and services that are provided at Behavioral Health Intervention Center. The program is offered 3 hours a day, 3 days a week, with no more than 2 consecutive days between offered services. Behavioral Health Intervention Center’s SAIOP services in Charlotte include a structured substance abuse and addiction outpatient program consisting of, but not limited to, the following services:

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Strategies for Job and Career Enhancement
  • Family Counseling and Support Groups
  • Case Management and Referral Services
  • Biochemical assays to identify recent drug use (e.g. urine drug screens)Strategies to Prevent Relapse and Recidivism
  • Parenting and Life Skills Education
  • Crisis Contingency Planning
  • Disease Management
  • Life Coaching


We service adults at our Charlotte substance abuse and addiction outpatient program who are ages 18 and older with a specialization in treating working professionals, students, and spouses and parents. Entry into our program is achieved one of the three ways listed below:

  • An entry point into substance abuse treatment via a general assessment. An assessment reveals that the client would benefit from IOP, a treatment plan is developed, and services are begun.
  • A step-down level of care. The client is transitioned to the IOP program from an inpatient or residential facility. In this case, the client may have been stabilized in a hospital facility or residential treatment program and now needs intensive treatment services to achieve or maintain abstinence as well as address other problems.
  • A step-up level of care. The client is referred to the IOP substance abuse and addiction program at our Charlotte facility if he or she has been unsuccessful in outpatient treatment or continuing community care and is assessed as needing an intensive and structured level of care to regain abstinence, work on relapse prevention skills, and address other issues.


  • Abstinence from alcohol and drugs in order to restore a higher quality of life
  • Sustained improvement in health and psychosocial functioning
  • Reduction in unwarranted mental or psychiatric symptoms (if present)
  • Reduction in public health or safety concerns
  • Reduction in the risk of relapse as evidenced by improvement in empirically supported modifiable relapse risk factors


Client meets the criteria for discharge if any one of the following applies:

A. The individual has achieved positive life outcomes that support stable and ongoing recovery.

B. The individual is not making progress or is regressing, and all realistic treatment options have been exhausted indicating a need for more intensive services.

C. The individual no longer wishes to receive SAIOP services.


Total Hours of Program: 90 Hours

All clients will attend Primary SAIOP Group Treatment three times per week

Concentration tracks are determined from information gathered from the assessment, referral sources, and client request.

IOP Days and Times

Tuesday (6:00pm-9:00pm)

Thursday (6:00pm-9:00pm)

Saturday (9:00am-12:00pm)


Part I (Tuesday & Thursday 6:00pm- 7:30pm) (Saturday 9:00am-10:30am)

Substance Abuse Treatment Process Group and Psycho-education

Break (15 minutes)


Part II (Tuesday & Thursday 7:45pm-9:00pm) (Saturday 10:45am- 12:00pm)

Track A: Parenting

Track B: Grief &Trauma

Track C: Job & Career

Track D: Mental Health

Track E: Family Repair

Track F: Life Planning

Total Hours of Program: 90 Hours

Substance Abuse Treatment Process Group and Psycho-education (75 total hours)

  1. Strategies to Prevent Relapse and Recidivism
  2. Psycho-education (Impact of substance on mind/body, family, and stages of addiction)
  3. Risk and Harm Reduction
  4. Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)
  5. Crisis Contingency Planning
  6. Disease Management
  7. Biochemical assays to identify and monitor recent substance use (e.g. urine drug screens)
  8. Discharge Planning

Personal Treatment Concentration Areas

Based on needs gathered from the assessment and referral source

A. Parenting and Family Management (Children Age 0-18)
(16 total hours) of (Triple P) Parenting Education – Tuesdays
– Regain/sustain child custody or visitation
– Respond effectively to children’s defiant behaviors
– New or expecting parents and co-parenting

B. Grief and Trauma Coping
(15 total hours) of individual and group counseling – Tuesdays
– Loss of a loved one (death, divorce, or illness)
– Loss other than a person (job, home, etc.)
– History of unprocessed trauma (abuse or neglect)

C. Job and Career Organization – Thursdays
(15 total hours) of Career Counseling
– SA treatment mandated to sustain or regain employment
– Seeking a career change or advancement in current role
– Currently out of work and seeking employment

D. Mental Health Management
(15 total hours) of individual and group counseling – Thursdays
– Anxiety and depression coping skills
– Stress management
– Work-life balance

E. Intimate Partner and Family Repair
(15 total hours) of Relationship Counseling – Saturdays
– Increase trust after betrayal (infidelity, lying, money mismanagement)
– Improve overall communication (eliminate obsessive arguing, name calling, defensiveness, etc.)
– Reunification (reconnecting after cutoff, increase intimacy/closeness, or parent-child reunification)

F. Life Planning and Direction Development
(15 total hours) of Individual and Group Life Coaching – Saturdays
– Who am I and what is my purpose??
– What do I want out of this life and what direction do I take?
– What resources do I need in order to reach my goals?