Outpatient Addiction Treatment
However, a mild substance abuse problem caught in the early phases can often be successfully treated in an outpatient rehab program.
Outpatient rehab is an ideal option for people who are motivated to stop using their substance of choice, but require the flexibility of a program that will work around their schedules.
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What Is Outpatient Rehab?
An outpatient rehab program offers drug and alcohol treatment sessions as well as support groups that can be attended during various times throughout the week. This schedule allows patients to continue with their regular responsibilities and continue living at home, but they are required to check into treatment at their allotted times for counseling and medication.
Treatment was a blessing. To be able to actually look at why I used rather than figuring out how [to use] on a daily basis taught me about who I am.
Individuals with a strong will to succeed in recovery and who have a committed, disciplined approach may benefit from an outpatient treatment program.
Types Of Outpatient Rehab
There are different types of outpatient rehab based on things like the substance abused or the individual’s severity of addiction and stage of recovery.
The general types of outpatient rehab fall into the following 3 categories:
Outpatient day programs have the highest level of care and structure provided within an outpatient setting. In a day program, clients commit to meeting 5-7 days per week at an outpatient facility for multiple hours each day. During this time, patients will participate in ongoing therapy, group counseling, biofeedback, and other adjunct therapies, such as art or music therapy.
Patients may return home after each session, either to their families or a sober living home. Day programs require a considerable time commitment, which can limit an individual’s availability to work or go to school until the program is finished.
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
Intensive outpatient programs establish a treatment plan with defined, measurable milestones in place to indicate progress. As these milestones are met, the time commitment required per week decreases.
The IOP is a good option for those serious about abstaining from drugs and alcohol but that still need to be able to work and perform daily responsibilities. An IOP may require multiple sessions for a few hours each week to conduct counseling sessions, group therapy, relapse prevention education, and attendance in a 12-step or similar recovery support group.
Continuing care groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous are ongoing support resources to help an individual solidify their commitment to sobriety. The groups are typically facilitated by a licensed therapist and meet weekly. Some continuing care groups may be gender-specific or age-specific, and others may focus on a particular aspect of recovery.
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Benefits Of Outpatient Rehab
For mild to moderate addictions, outpatient rehab is usually an ideal treatment choice. These programs are more accessible and flexible than an inpatient program.
Some of the biggest reasons to consider outpatient rehab include:
- Affordability. Because you’re able to live at home during outpatient treatment, you don’t have to pay the costs of lodging at an inpatient facility — making it more affordable than inpatient.
- Flexibility. Outpatient programs can usually work around your schedule. This is beneficial for those who feel like they can’t leave their job or family for an extended period of time.
- Access to family. Throughout the outpatient rehab program, family involvement and support is emphasized, as loved ones can help encourage you to stay on the path to sobriety.
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Jeffrey Juergens earned his Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Jeffrey’s desire to help others led him to focus on economic and social development and policy making. After graduation, he decided to pursue his passion of writing and editing. Jeffrey’s mission is to educate and inform the public on addiction issues and help those in need of treatment find the best option for them.
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David embarked on his journey into sobriety in June of 2005, which led him to his current career path as a Certified Professional Addiction Recovery Coach in private practice in Greater Nashville. David is also a public speaker and the author of two books. David is cohost of the weekly Positive Sobriety Podcast, as well as being a frequent contributor to various articles and recovery based materials. As a member of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), David works closely with area treatment centers, recovery orientated nonprofit organizations, as well as being a keynote speaker for various recovery-focused events.
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Dr. Ashish Bhatt, MD
Throughout his career, Dr. Bhatt has been a leader in substance abuse treatment programs, including administrative and medical directorship positions for inpatient and outpatient programs, detox units, and inpatient residential dual-diagnosis facilities. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a Certified Medical Review Officer, and is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. He has served as the Chief Medical Officer for regional and national behavioral health companies and worked to develop public and private substance abuse and dual diagnosis facilities.
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