Outpatient treatment and drug rehab programs offer addiction and mental health sessions on a flexible schedule a few hours per day at scheduled appointments.
Those with mild substance abuse issues can be treated successfully in an outpatient program. Some with more severe addictions are best treated in higher levels of care such as residential or partial hospitalization programs. They may still take advantage of outpatient programs after graduation from an inpatient stay.
Outpatient treatment is the most flexible solution for people who have a stable living environment and are motivated to change. When appropriate, outpatient programs help stable, well-functioning individuals to maintain their lifestyle while seeking improvement through addiction treatment programs.
What Is Outpatient Treatment?
Outpatient treatment programs are a type of substance abuse or mental health treatment that can be scheduled throughout the week, month, or year. This flexibility allows people to continue their regular responsibilities. Most attend treatment sessions for counseling, therapy, or medications at regular intervals to engage in drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Outpatient treatment is one of the best tools for those with substance use disorders trying to stop using drugs or alcohol. Those who complete a detox and inpatient program (like a residential or a PHP course) should also use outpatient treatment to continue progress at their chosen rehab facility—when offered.
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 first. Those who attend inpatient rehab centers can then engage outpatient levels of care to transition and treat co-occurring disorders at the same time.
We also recommend the combination of 12-step programs, family therapy, and individual therapy. Attending a treatment facility or support group meets the needs of different people with unique challenges and strengths. Through outpatient, they can also continue medication-assisted recovery by meeting regularly with a doctor and prescriber.
The most successful recovery programs begin with inpatient detox, followed by residential outpatient. Partial hospitalizations encourage stability and structure before returning to work or other responsibilities. Intensive outpatient then helps to seamlessly transition the client before they begin attending outpatient.
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Outpatient Drug Rehab 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, professionals will determine treatment plans for those struggling with addiction or mental health issues, so don’t feel you need to decide for yourself.
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.
Partial Hospitalization Program
PHP or day treatment programs is the next level of outpatient care. It is 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.
Intensive Outpatient Programs
IOP or intensive outpatient benefits those who need a flexible schedule for treatment. Intensive treatment programs are usually three to five days per week in 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.
Outpatient Treatment Programs
Standard outpatient treatment is once or twice a week. Standard outpatient (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 living independently and attend fewer therapy and group sessions per week. Outpatient care focuses on the 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 within the recovery process to be mentioned. Sober living includes clients who 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 afterward.
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 a sober support network built during 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 with the same therapist, medical staff, and peer group builds trust and ensures a higher quality of care.
Available any time of day or night, we have professional drug rehab staff standing by to help guide you through this process. Call us today.
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