To put it differently, the outpatient program is about learning to cope with life’s struggles and uncertainties without the aid of drugs or alcohol. In our residential and partial hospitalization programs, clients will learn the skill-sets necessary to engage life on its own terms. The outpatient program provides ongoing opportunities to practice those skills and strengthen and refine them.
Clients in our outpatient program attend counseling sessions less frequently and begin to spend more time focusing on their job and family life. Most are encouraged to work and to continue to rebuild relationships, as long as they are able to maintain their sobriety while doing so. Outpatient treatment is a necessary step in recovery because it provides an ongoing support system as the individual gets back to real life and all of its temptations, stressors, and triggers. The client who is enrolled in outpatient therapy will experience difficult days but will be able to talk about the tough times with their therapist and be strengthened and encouraged to overcome whatever life deals them.
For many people, outpatient rehab is one of the last steps to sobriety. Once they have completed an outpatient program, many are ready to return to regular life and do not require formal therapy sessions. This does not mean the person is free and clear of addiction, however. In order to prevent relapse, it is helpful for the individual to have a post-treatment plan that keeps them connected to the professionals and peers in the recovery community they have come to love and trust. JC’s Recovery Center provides all clients with a comprehensive discharge plan which includes support group attendance and alumni activities and groups that provide ongoing support as the person graduates out of rehab.
Sobriety is not meant to be a one-time thing, but a long-time thing—something a person maintains over the course of their life, even when things become stressful or stormy. Our outpatient program is one way of ensuring that.
Outpatient rehab is the perfect complement to other levels of addiction treatment. Residential treatment generally comes first, when the individual lives at the facility and is supervised around-the-clock while participating in intensive therapy sessions. During residential treatment, all of the individual’s needs are provided, as well as basic care items, so that the person is able to dismiss distractions and focus on the task of recovery. A step down from residential treatment is partial hospitalization program, where the individual can either live on campus or in a residence of their own. During partial hospitalization, the person participates in daily therapy sessions, often spending most of the day in rehab, but returning home or to their rooms at night. Intensive outpatient is the next step in recovery, and clients in this stage usually live on their own and return to the treatment facility for daily counseling sessions. Outpatient therapy, often the last formal phase of recovery, allows the person to become more and more engaged in their life outside of recovery but provides ongoing support for sobriety.