Outpatient Addiction Treatment

A severe addiction to certain substances, such as Heroin or Oxycodone, is typically best treated in an inpatient residential program to help manage detoxification and withdrawal.

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.

Outpatient programs come in a variety of formats, differing levels of intensity, and with an array of services — but the general focus is on counseling, education, and providing a network of support.

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.

- Jordan, recovering addict

Individuals with a strong will to succeed in recovery and who have a committed, disciplined approach may benefit from an outpatient treatment program.

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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:

  • Day Programs

    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

    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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Deciding on a treatment option may seem overwhelming. Whether it is an outpatient rehab program or an alternative form of treatment, it’s important to  explore all available options.

For more information on treatment options, contact a treatment provider today.

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Jeffrey Juergens

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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 Hampton

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  • A survivor of addiction himself, David Hampton is a Certified Professional Recovery Coach (CPRC) and a member of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).

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  • Addiction Center’s Medical Content Director, Dr. Ashish Bhatt, MD, MRO is an accomplished physician, addiction medicine specialist, and psychiatrist with over 20 years of medical and administrative leadership.

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