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.
What is Outpatient Rehab?
An outpatient rehab program offers drug and alcohol treatment
sessions that can be scheduled 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 offer 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
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
The general types of outpatient rehab fall into the following three categories:
Day ProgramsOutpatient 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
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 CareContinuing 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.