IOP FAQs

What you need to know about Farley's New IOP

The opening of our new intensive outpatient program has provided increased access to addiction treatment in our area. Many people have been asking about the new facility, so we wanted to provide answers to some of the questions we most frequently receive.

Can people start their treatment in the IOP, or do they need to use it as a step-down from residential treatment?

People can enter our IOP as their initial step if their substance abuse is categorized as “mild.” According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), people with mild substance use disorders meet one to three of the eleven diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder. Patients must also not require a detox program.

How close does someone need to live to Virginia Beach to participate in the program?

We don’t set geographic limitations on who may enter the program, but patients must commit to attending the program four nights a week. In practice, this generally excludes those who live north of the James River, as the commute via the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel or the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel is quite time consuming.

Can a patient’s family members participate in the program?

Certainly! Our Thursday night sessions are open to family members at no additional charge.

What options are available for paying for the program?

We work with many insurance companies, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, MH Net, Southern Health, Tricare, and Value Options. And most insurance companies are willing to cover intensive outpatient treatment as a way to avoid paying for the more expensive inpatient treatment later. Insurance companies recognize that early intervention contributes to better overall outcomes.