- Having the ability to continue with work and/or school. In contrast to a residential treatment program that requires recovering addicts to put their lives on hold while they pursue their recovery, an outpatient addiction program allows participants to maintain a presence at work and/or school.
- Access to support systems. People in recovery need a lot of support. With outpatient rehab, patients can stay in close proximity to their loved ones and their support network.
- Lower costs. Inpatient programs can be expensive and generally require a significant out-of-pocket expense. Outpatient rehab is less expensive across the board, while still providing high-quality treatment.
A solid outpatient drug rehab center understands that achieving lasting sobriety
involves more than just treating the physical aspects of addiction. In fact, many programs treat the clients’ medical needs as well as their psychological, spiritual, emotional and physiological needs.
Although inpatient drug and alcohol rehab is recommended for those who have developed severe addictions, there is a less intense alternative for those who are in the beginning stages of addiction and those who need continuing support after undergoing inpatient rehab. Many people require the extra support while transitioning back into society and the demands of daily life.
Outpatient rehab is an affordable and effective form of drug treatment, but it isn’t necessarily right for everyone. The following individuals generally do not fare best in outpatient addiction treatment:
- Those who have developed a severe addiction and need the 24-hour support of an inpatient rehab facility.
- Those who are a danger to themselves or others.
- Those who face temptation in their day-to-day life (for example, if their family members or roommates use drugs or alcohol).
- Those who have a history of chronic relapse. They tend to need more support than an outpatient rehab program can offer.