Intensive Outpatient Program

We at Visions believe that the key to a successful and sustainable recovery involves a comprehensive approach. This involves addressing the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of addiction.  Joining an Intensive Outpatient Program is an opportunity to do just that with support and guidance, not only of therapists but as part of a peer group sharing the experience with you.

Depending on circumstances, clients may first need to undergo medical detoxification. This process facilitates withdrawal from substance dependence in a medically supervised setting, under the close direction of a psychiatrist.

On assessment, you may be referred to our Intensive Outpatient Programme, a 12-week course that is unique to Singapore. This programme involves 3 weekly group therapy sessions and one weekly 1-1 counselling session, with a minimum of 4 contact points with the clinic in a week.  Group therapy is a highly effective treatment modality.  The Program has been designed to be inclusive, safe, supportive and informative; it offers a true opportunity for personal growth.

For some, this may be their first introduction to treatment in groups.  For others, it may be a step down in care if they have completed an Inpatient episode elsewhere.  Whatever your circumstances, this intensive experience has been designed to create the best possible chance for ongoing long-term recovery from your initial presentation.

The groups are held in the evenings and at the weekends, therefore enabling those who are still in work, to have the opportunity to join.  Each of the 12 weeks has a particular recovery theme and will be covered through experiential therapy, psycho-education, homework and group process.

They are all held in person in our Visions group room on the 11th floor of Novena Medical Centre.

Monday Group Wednesday Group Saturday Group
6.30 – 8.00 pm
(Process and experiential)
6.30 – 8.00 pm
(Psychoeducation and Client exercises)
10.00 – 11.30 am
(Presentation of Client work and Process)

The themes that will be covered each week will include:

  • What is Addiction
  • Your Addiction Story
  • Self-help and Support Resources
  • Recovery Vision Plan
  • Relapse Prevention 1
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention 2
  • Boundaries and Effective Communication
  • Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance
  • Creative Visualisation
  • SMART Goals
  • Identity and Masks

You will be provided with a Program Handbook unique to Visions.  The handbook is written using the following treatment modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • The Minnesota Method
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness Practice
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Psychodrama

Upon engagement with the Visions program, we seek your consent in signing an abstinence contract. We strive to help you remain sober and free from any destructive substances or behaviours during your time with us, and we can assist by providing breath testing, urine testing and medical management.

You will also be provided with the exclusive Visions Program Handbook, notebook and various tools to help you build a thorough and comprehensive recovery plan. All of us at Visions are passionate about helping people recover from an illness that can destroy lives – let us help you.

Should you wish to continue with the Intensive Outpatient Programme beyond the initial 12 weeks, this can be further discussed with your therapist**; otherwise, we may suggest a step down in care to our Continuing Care Group.

**It is a requirement that you are engaged in individual therapy, either with a Visions or Promises Therapist; or with your own external therapist whom you provide a release of information, so that they may receive updates on your progress


  • Groups are 90 minutes in length. Individual sessions are 50 minutes in length.
  • Groups will be led by our multidisciplinary team. You will also see your Visions therapist in groups
Total of 36 groups and 12 Individual Sessions Total of 36 groups only Extension by month
(Excluding clinic costs & GST)
(Excluding clinic costs & GST)
12 groups and 4 Individual Sessions : $1,170
(Excluding clinic costs & GST)