What Is Outpatient Rehab?

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What is outpatient rehab for drug and substance abuse? First, it’s not regular rehabilitation. In outpatient rehab, the patients stay at home and choose to commute to the treatment center when scheduled.

How is this any different from regular rehab? Well, in the case of inpatient rehabilitation, the person would live at the treatment center for the time of recovery.

In this article, we will only cover outpatient rehab.

So keep reading to learn more.

What Is Outpatient Rehab?

When taking on outpatient rehab, there is no necessity for you to live at the treatment center as you would as an inpatient. This means that you can continue living at your home while you take part in the program when scheduled.

This is great for those who have daily responsibilities, such as work, school, children, etc. Even though it’s still recommended that you consider inpatient rehab especially if you have the time, sometimes, it simply isn’t the best thing for you.

Because of the increased freedom when attending outpatient drug rehab, you must be significantly more composed and motivated to succeed. If you have relapsed often in the past, outpatient rehab might not be the way to go.

If you’re committed to success with recovery, you will find that an outpatient rehab center can be a great addition to your will to recover. When it comes to these types of rehab centers, there are plenty, so let’s take a look at some.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

A client can choose to transfer to intensive outpatient treatment. However, this is most often attributed to people who have completed a residential rehab program. Nonetheless, if you’ve completed detox and have a sober, safe household environment, you might be able to begin IOP without the prior rehab.

Some choose IOP after relapsing to encourage more certainty in their recovery. Both intensive outpatient and inpatient rehab programs will implement a dual diagnosis treatment. This method treats co-related mental health conditions alongside the addiction itself, which is most often the best way to address the greater picture.

An IOP program offers flexible scheduling, usually including both daytime and nighttime options. Each patient will work with a team of therapists and clinicians during their recovery program, which generally involves an average of 9 hours of weekly attendance.

 This plan might include, but is not limited to:

  1. Group therapy
  2. 12-step engagement
  3. Recreational activity
  4. Psychoeducation
  5. Drug testing
  6. Case management
  7. Psychiatric care
  8. Experiential therapy
  9. Individual counseling

Also, in an IOP, you will develop skills that will encourage a healthier, fully-recovered long-term sobriety. Each milestone, goal, obstacle, and achievement is met with firm accountability and loving support.

Daily Programs

Outpatient day programs provide intensive and effective methods of care. At one of these programs, you can expect to have 3 or more meetings each week.

In general, you won’t spend more than several hours at the facility. So not only will you participate in therapy that is ongoing, but you will also attend group counseling. You might choose to participate in other therapies, such as music, art, and fitness.

You can live at home and return to each session when required. However, you can also choose to live in a sober home. This is a home for recovering addicts. In these homes, the living environment is regulated. Being in possession of drugs or being intoxicated is not tolerated. 

Continued Care

When you’ve completed your rehab programs successfully, it doesn’t make too much sense to stop support entirely.

As you adjust to a sober life, you will be tempted to use drugs and drink. This is why it’s important to continue attending care meetings. These are groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and/or Alcoholics Anonymous.

Continued care will ensure that you keep your sobriety in check for many months, and even years after completing initial rehab. If you’ve just completed rehab, you might feel like you’re on top of the world, and on top of your addiction. 

But rehab is only the first step. When the satisfaction of sobriety fades, you might develop an interest in intoxication once again. That’s why it’s vital to attend continued care and place yourself in an environment where everyone strives for something more. 

Tele-Outpatient Treatment

Addiction has no preference, it can come into the life of any gender, income, age, or ethnicity. It can affect people of all kinds, this means that the path to recovery for each and every person is different as well. 

Thus, it might be difficult for some people to even attend in-person outpatient treatment. As part of the commitment of most rehab facilities, tele-outpatient treatment is becoming a possibility. 

This means you can get treatment without leaving the comfort of your own home. Seasoned facilitators and therapists are always available to provide virtual care, and these programs effectively mirror all of the important aspects of in-patient treatment programs.

Tele-outpatient treatment can also address co-occurring conditions, such as bipolar disorder, trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, codependency, eating disorders, etc. This ensures that the client determines the underlying causes of the abuse.

Outpatient Rehab Benefits

When it comes to choosing outpatient rehab, the benefits are plentiful. In general, this treatment is only recommended for those who have moderate/mild addiction issues. If you feel that your addiction is extreme, you should probably attend inpatient programs.

Another benefit of outpatient rehabilitation is the fact that it is more affordable. Because you get to live at home, you don’t have to pay for living quarters as you would in a program as an inpatient.

Rehab for You

Now that you know what outpatient rehab is, you are well on your way to ensure that you get the possible treatment for your recovery. As long as you find a community with which you feel welcome and safe, and you stick to the plan, your recovery is imminent. 

If you’re interested in holistic, creative, dynamic, individualized, mindfulness-based, experiential rehab, get in touch with us and we will happily accommodate your needs.