smartIOP is the first online intensive outpatient program (IOP) to treat drug and alcohol addiction.

In-network with most major insurance providers!

What Is Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Substance Abuse?

IOP provides support for individuals who are transitioning back into the community or stepping down from a more full-time treatment program. 

For years, many individuals in need of addiction treatment have benefited from Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs). With IOP, people who don’t need residential addiction treatment attend group and individual therapy sessions at their treatment center, but return home at the end of the day.

During treatment, patients learn to:

  • Recognize and change their substance-use patterns
  • Make better decisions and strengthen their problem-solving skills
  • Cope with cravings
  • Change negative thought patterns

How does smartIOP Work?

smartIOP is a self-study online substance abuse treatment program offering therapy and treatment on your schedule. 

One of our most convenient online substance abuse treatment programs is Smart IOP which is a good option for individuals who have a mild to moderate alcohol addiction or SUD. Smart IOP typically lasts 6 to 12 weeks but the timeframe is highly flexible. Patients receive a majority of treatment through video modules but also meet with their assigned therapist and case manager throughout the duration of treatment. 

The therapist’s role in our smart online addiction treatment program is to monitor the patient’s progress and then assist the patient with applying the lessons he or she completes to everyday life. Patients will also need a smartSponsor whom the patient can rely on for support while he or she participates in this virtual recovery program.

Another key aspect of our Smart IOP outside of therapy sessions and modules is patient accountability. This is promoted regularly through sobriety checks, reviews of therapist’s notes and attendance at support-group meetings.

If your schedule is unpredictable or you have rotating shifts this program is for you!

More About the smartSponsor

Every Smart IOP participant, chooses a smartSponsor. 

The Sponsor is usually someone inside your life (a friend, peer or family member) who can help with accountability and the development of healthy habits. They ensure that you are actively participating in the program and helps us monitor your sobriety.

We cannot overstate the value of a smartSponsor in an online IOP.  We strongly believe that participating with another person fosters the development of a sober support network.

The Smart Sponsor may use a breathalyzer or oral drug screen to make sure the client is sober. In addition, a therapist may ask you to submit test results. The results of the test can be seen and recorded through the individual video session (don’t worry: we use oral swabs for drug/alcohol test – no urine collection necessary).

We designed smartIOP to fit your life, and we believe that the smartSponsor should be a part of your life and your treatment.  

We make sure everyone involved understands the nature of addiction.

Sponsors participate in activities and education with clients to provide a source of strong and active support. In the longer term, your sponsor may help you navigate challenges that follow once you complete your program.

Benefits of smartIOP

An individual living in an area that does not offer very many resources, who has a busy schedule or has trouble finding a residential treatment program that fits their needs, may be a good candidate for online rehabilitation assistance.

Here are the top benefits of smart intensive outpatient treatment programs:

It’s As Effective as Traditional Treatment

It has been shown that online addiction treatment programs like Smart IOP have a lower dropout rate in comparison to traditional in-person options. Online programs use the same evidence-based treatment that in-person treatment provides so success rates are also comparable to traditional treatment.

There’s Greater Flexibility

Smart IOP offers patients flexibility, allowing them to work at their own pace, as well as choose when and where to complete their units. Smart IOP can fit anyone’s schedule.

It’s Private

Since social stigmas continue to surround addiction treatment, Smart IOP helps people keep their treatment for an alcohol or substance-use disorder a private matter. You don’t have to worry about being seen at a facility or meeting since your treatment takes place at home.

Cost Effectiveness

In-person addiction treatment options, particularly residential treatment, can cost a lot of money especially without insurance. Since you complete treatment from the comfort of your home, online substance abuse treatment is a cost-effective option.


Online intensive outpatient programs like Smart IOP dramatically increase the availability of treatment. You don’t have to worry about getting a ride to your treatment center or missing a day of treatment due to illness. As long as you have access to wi-fi, an individual can complete treatment.

What Is the Difference Between Smart IOP and Remote IOP?

Smart IOP offers patients the option of self-directing their treatment at their convenience, whereas with traditional online IOP patients have scheduled therapy during a specific timeframe. At Summit Hill Wellness, Remote IOP participants receive treatment 12 hours a week (4 days a week/3 hours each day).

To learn more about our Smart IOP or to get started, contact us today!