Outpatient Drug Detox

Outpatient addiction treatment programs give patients the unique opportunity to have a flexible schedule and receive high-level professional care for moderate substance abuse and addiction problems. Outpatient care begins with detoxification to manage withdrawals and prevent relapse and then extends to offer support, education and guidance on addiction, recovery and sobriety.

Why outpatient treatment may be right for you

The outpatient addiction treatment path is ideal for patients seeking continued care after an inpatient treatment program, those with mild addictions and withdrawal symptoms, and those who cannot take time away from their personal, social, school or work responsibilities, as well as for those on a budget. Outpatient addiction treatment programs are less time and cost intensive, more accessible and flexible than an inpatient addiction treatment program.

Many people choose to take the outpatient treatment path primarily because of the affordability. Inpatient care often requires that a person pays for food, room and board, as well as for the different therapies, medications and services in the program.

Next, the outpatient treatment path is far less rigid. Patients can come and go as they please, have the choice to attend any and all of the steps and components of their treatment and recovery plan, and receive all this care while transitioning back into their normal lives. Having freedom, access to friends and family and the opportunity to keep up with daily professional and personal responsibilities can be beneficial to certain patients during the recovery process.

Variations across outpatient centers and how to pick the right one for you

Outpatient centers vary in the type and location of the facility, the length of the rehab program as well as the quality and quantity or treatment care, options and services.

There are quite a few factors to keep in mind before choosing one program over another, such as the substance or substances abused, the severity of the addiction, as well as the stage of the addiction and recovery. Everyone has their own unique path to recovery. Having a variety of options is prudent. However, the general focus in outpatient addiction treatment includes counseling, education, providing a network of support, and fostering a positive environment.

Unlike residential inpatient care, patients attending an outpatient rehab must travel to and from treatment. The facility can be located in a variety of settings including medical group practices, clinics at hospitals or other medical facilities, mental or behavioral health centers, lab centers, physical therapy centers, and even holistic or religious centers.

The frequency and length of an outpatient addiction treatment program vary according to the drug, severity and stage of the addiction as well as the individual patient. A combination of drugs or co-occurring mental or physical health problems, for example, would take more time and resources to detox, treat and recover from than one drug alone. Some programs meet once or twice a week for up to a few hours a day, while others have a full daily and weekly schedule of appointments, sessions and activities. An outpatient drug or alcohol addiction treatment program might even require a patient to start off by attending treatment up to seven days a week for as many as six hours a day and slowly taper them down to five days a week for four hours a day; then three days a week for a few hours a day until they only need to take a couple of hours one or two days a week for treatment.

Outpatient plans utilize a variety of services to aid in rehabilitation, including a combination of physicians, specialists, group and individual counseling services, medication-assisted treatment,  variations of the 12-step program, getting a sponsor, and even sponsoring someone in the future. The outpatient program may follow an evidence- and science-based program, or a more religious or faith-based approach. Often times, however, programs incorporate a combination of approaches to provide the most quality treatment. If the patient has co-occurring mental or physical health problems, it is important to find an outpatient program that can address and treat medical or other mental health problems in addition to the substance use disorder.

Before choosing a program, consider if the caregivers focus more on the patient rather than the drug or addiction and are they able to adapt to the changing needs of the patient.

Here’s a list of some of the most common types of outpatient treatment:

outpatient addiction treatment day programs

Day Programs

Day programs are the most intensive and structured form of outpatient addiction care and require a considerable amount of time, resources, dedication and support. Once in a day program, patients must commit to meeting five to seven days each week at outpatient facilities for multiple hours per day. During these times, patients participate in ongoing therapy, group counseling, and other therapies. Patients can then return home, either to their families or a sober living home. This type of program is ideal for individuals with moderate addictions who are committed to taking an active role in their recovery and do not have a commitment to work, school or personal matters until the program is finished.

outpatient partial hospitalization plans

Partial Hospitalization Plans (PHP)

Partial hospital plans are ideal for those who are looking for consistent monitoring but may have a healthy living situation, or network of support. PHPs usually meet three to five days a week in a hospital setting. Typically, PHPs offer individual and family therapy and provide access to certain hospital-based services that someone enrolled in a PHP may need.

intensive outpatient addiction treatment programs

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

Intensive outpatient programs are far less rigorous than PHP or day programs with just enough structure to guide treatment and rehabilitation and maintain sobriety. An IOP constructs an individualized treatment plan with realistic and measurable goals and typically meets for two to four hours, three to four days a week to assess progress and includes group and individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and a variation of a 12-step program. As milestones are met, the time commitment required each week decreases making the IOP a good option for those serious about actively working toward and maintaining sobriety so they can return back to their normal lives.

outpatient continuing care

Continuing Care

Continuing care programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous are aimed at helping patients maintain sobriety by providing connections to safe and healthy people in group sessions led by a licensed therapist or counselor. These programs are often age- or gender-specific and meet up to a few times a week where people can learn from other people in varying stages of recovery. Other therapies such as behavioral therapy, group or individual therapy, and family counseling can help identify the root cause of drug use, repair relationships and teach healthier coping skills. Continuing care programs are recommended for people who have already completed some sort of structured treatment.

If you have any questions regarding which outpatient treatment program is best for you, we can help. Call (877) 262-6566 today to speak to one of our specialists and find the best outpatient program for you!

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