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There are many treatment options for those suffering from substance abuse that will effectively treat addiction. Inpatient treatment is common- where individuals stay at a center full time until they can remain sober independently. Outpatient programs offer more freedom-patients don’t stay in the center but can stay at home-all while maintaining a strict and effective treatment plan.

What Does Outpatient Treatment Look Like?

The Outpatient Program for substance abuse is similar to outpatient programs for any type of clinic. The patient does not remain in the center day and night 24/7- but that doesn’t mean the program is any less intense or effective.

Upon entering the program, patients will work with doctors and specialist to go over a full history of their substance abuse, mental health, family, and any other aspects that have affected their addiction. Based on the patient’s history, an action plan will be decided. There is a pretty universal set of expectations like attending group therapy, individual therapy, holistic treatment practices, and medical assistance when necessary. Some details on the treatments offered through outpatient include:

Group Therapy: Patients will participate with other recovering addicts and find common ground in discussing their struggles, thoughts, achievements, and future goals. These sessions vary in length and are guided by professionally trained staff.  

Individual Psychotherapy: Patients will work one on one intensely without trained therapists to better understand themselves and how they fell into addiction. This treatment is crucial to recovery programs- where individuals will learn coping mechanisms and work through any struggles past, present, and future.

Holistic Treatments: Holistic Treatments vary widely-but are such a beneficial addition to any treatment program. From acupuncture, yoga, nutrition, and art therapy- learning to balance the body and mind is crucial to stability in sobriety.

Other services offered include:

  • 12 step work
  • Drug and Alcohol Education
  • Spiritual groups
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Re-socialization skills
  • Life Skills therapy
  • Behavioral courses

The length of the program and hours committed per week will vary based on the specific individual.

When patients first start their program, they should expect a more intense schedule and plan. Patients typically spend anymore from 3-8 hours a day at their center, eventually tapering down once they show improvements such as:

people smiling in group therapy

Who Should Consider Outpatient Treatment Programs?

This type of rehab can be used for anyone but is typically recommended only for people in the early stages of treatment or those transitioning from residential or hospital settings to home life. Intensive outpatient is suitable for patients who do not need full-time supervision and have some available supports like groups or family outside of the center. These programs can be made as intensive as necessary-but those with a higher risk of relapse should consider inpatient until they are more independently stable.

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment Programs

Besides the increased freedom, flexibility, and independence, Outpatient programs have a lot of benefits. The most important is financial- these programs tend to be considerably less expensive, allow you to continue working if necessary and can be more long-term if desired. Not everyone fits best in a 30-day inpatient program- so if you’re needs are more complex and long-term, Outpatient is a great option.

Outpatient programs are also fantastic for ongoing support. Although many people begin their recovery in outpatient, you can join an outpatient treatment program after you have already completed an inpatient one/detox. Sobriety is a life-long journey, and outpatient programs can offer you a greater length and level of guidance.

Outpatient programs are no less intense than inpatient, and depending on the individual- might just be the preferred method. Sobriety and overcoming addiction takes a lot of support, from yourself and those around you. This type of treatment program allows you to remain in close proximity to both family and professional support groups.

Long-Term Recovery is Possible

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and thinks our outpatient programs are a good fit, call us today at 866-441-0059 to find out more. Our professionally trained staff combined compassion and clinical accuracy to ensure the highest level of service and ongoing support for our patients. Sobriety is just a phone call away.


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