During outpatient rehab, patients reside at home or a sober living facility and travel to a treatment facility during the day for additional structure and support. Outpatient rehab allows patients more freedom than inpatient rehab, which requires them to reside in a treatment facility for the duration of their treatment.
Typically, patients attend a detox facility to get clean before attending outpatient rehab so that they can begin rehab with a “clean slate.” While in outpatient rehab, patients go to a facility or facilities for treatment typically between 1 and 9 hours during the day. During this time, they attend individual and group therapy and participate in other treatment methods, such as art therapy and yoga. Case Managers are available to provide referrals for connecting with other outpatient providers, such as private doctors, chiropractic services, acupuncture, and applying for government assistance programs, such as food stamps. Some outpatient programs offer limited medical assistance, such as refilling prescriptions. There are also outpatient programs that may offer life and recovery coaching. After attending treatment, patients go back home to their regular life before starting the process again the following day.
There are a number of types of outpatient rehab.
Outpatient Rehab can benefit anyone in need of treatment, but it is a better fit for some treatment seekers than others. It may be the right choice for your situation if you…
Inpatient rehab is generally more expensive than outpatient rehab, especially for longer treatment periods. Outpatient rehab is typically a cheaper alternative that is still effective in treating drug and alcohol addiction.
Any addiction is a disease that should not be taken lightly. Even less severe or early stage addictions need to be treated before they become more intense and harder to quit. However, if your addiction is less severe, your everyday surroundings might not affect treatment to the same extent as they would with a more severe addiction. Also, less severe and early stage addictions require less intensive and around-the-clock treatment. Therefore, it may be safer to attend outpatient rehab without the worry of relapsing once you go back home.
Please note that it is up to a substance abuse professional to determine the severity of an individual’s substance use disorder. This is done after the patient completes a substance abuse evaluation. Based on the results of the evaluation, the clinician determines and recommends the level of care the patient enters.
Many parents and professionals cannot afford to take a break from their families or their jobs despite suffering from addiction. The worst option would be to continue their daily lifestyle without seeking help and risk growing the intensity of their addiction. The compromise choice for them would be to attend outpatient rehab, where they could check in for their disorder for part of their weekdays and still return home to their families and work duties.
Upon completion of inpatient rehab, most clients are recommended to step-down into an aftercare program, usually either PHP or IOP (both of which are outpatient treatments). This additional support helps individuals reintegrate into their daily life without the use of alcohol and other drugs. They can attend outpatient therapy, go to support groups and work ,all while practicing implementing new coping skills in the community and having accountability and support for any struggles.
Although regularly attending counseling, therapy, and being surrounded by constant support will drastically increase your chances of stopping your addiction, there is no guarantee you won’t relapse. Many who have gone through the long process of rehab still get cravings for their addiction. Because of this, you might need extra help months or even years after rehab to stay sober. Outpatient Rehab can help keep you in check and continue the support system you need to abstain from abusing drugs and alcohol.