Outpatient treatment and rehab programs offer addiction and mental health sessions on a flexible schedule. Those with mild substance abuse issues can be treated successfully in an outpatient program. Others with more severe addictions are best treated in higher levels of care. However, they may take advantage of outpatient programs after an inpatient stay.
Outpatient treatment is the most flexible solution for people who have a stable living environment and are motivated for sobriety. The benefits of outpatient allow those who are stable to work on their substance abuse and mental health concerns. It also allows them to maintain their lifestyle.
What is Outpatient Treatment?
An outpatient treatment program is a type of substance abuse or mental health treatment that can be scheduled throughout the week. It can be scheduled as little as once a week. This flexibility allows people to continue their regular responsibilities, but must also attend treatment sessions for counseling, therapy, or medications.
Outpatient treatment is one of the best tools for those trying to stop using drugs or alcohol. Those who complete a detox and inpatient program like residential, or a PHP program should always utilize outpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment allows those coming from inpatient treatment to transition to normal life without drugs. It also helps to continue the stability of therapy and scheduled treatment.
Outpatient rehab programs are usually not recommended for those with long-term substance abuse problems. For those with severe addictions to alcohol or other drugs, we recommend a medical detox and inpatient rehab program. Those who attend inpatient rehab centers can then utilize outpatient levels of care as transitional levels of care.
We also recommend the combination of 12-step programs and therapy. Attending a treatment facility or support groups are not a one size fits all solution. It is always best for people in the recovery process to utilize all options available to them.
The most successful recovery programs begin with inpatient detox, followed by residential outpatient. Partial hospitalization is used to encourage stability and structure before returning to work or other responsibilities. Intensive outpatient is then used as a transitional level of care before attending outpatient.
Types of Outpatient Treatment
There are three general types of outpatient treatment. This will address the overview of these programs and who they are best suited for. However, it is always best to allow professionals to determine treatment plans for those struggling with addiction or mental health issues.
Our treatment center offers a full continuum of care. These levels of care are explained in order from highest to lowest. This means that PHP is the most intensive level of outpatient care. Standard outpatient is the lowest level of care and offers the least structure, but the most flexibility.
PHP or day treatment programs are the highest level of outpatient care. They are considered outpatient because patients are not under 24/7 medical supervision. Some PHP programs also allow patients to return home at night.
PHP is best suited for people who need stability after inpatient or require more structure than IOP or outpatient can provide. To read more about our partial hospitalization programs please read our article on PHP
IOP or intensive outpatient is a level of care that offers continued care to those stepping down from PHP. It is also beneficial to those who need a flexible schedule for treatment.
Intensive treatment programs are usually 3-5 days a week of individual and group therapy sessions. Intensive outpatient provides addiction treatment and therapy sessions more frequently than standard outpatient.
We offer intensive outpatient to clients continuing care from residential or PHP. It can also be utilized by those who require more structure than outpatient offers.
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Outpatient Treatment Programs
Standard outpatient treatment is once or twice a week. Standard outpatient or OP is the lowest level of care we offer aside from transitional living. OP allows those who have gone through a continuum of care the ability to attend individual or group therapy whenever needed.
By the time a patient reaches an outpatient level of care, they are usually employed or volunteering in the community. They are living independently, and attend fewer therapy and group sessions per week.
Outpatient care focuses on daily management of recovery, with staff support along the way. A patient reaching an outpatient level of care can expect to fully integrate recovery into their daily lives. They can take action to reduce stress and relapse naturally.
Sessions are usually once or twice a week. This provides an extremely flexible schedule to those who have returned to and built a life without drugs. Clients are able to live at home while attending therapy. This encourages stability while returning to life’s responsibilities.
While transitional or sober living is not a level of care, it is vital enough to the recovery process to be mentioned here. Sober living is when clients live in an accountable and sober residence affiliated with a treatment program.
Most treatment programs offer sober living while patients attend outpatient levels of care like PHP or IOP. We offer sober living residences to anyone in our outpatient programs, and even sometime afterwards.
Sober living encourages stability in an affordable and comfortable environment. Those in sober living can still take advantage of treatment options whenever needed. They can also continue to live with their sober support network they built throughout the treatment process.
Finding the Best Addiction Treatment Option for You
Looking for a treatment program can be difficult. It is always better for you or a loved one to select a program that offers multiple levels of care. The ability to transition through levels of care is beneficial and proven to help success rates.
The benefits of continuing care at one facility include building strong relationships, continuing care under the same medical staff, and comfortability. Meeting the same therapist, medical staff, and peers builds trust and ensures a higher quality of care.
We have professional staff standing by to help guide you through this process. We are available 24/7. Call us today at (800)817-1247
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