However, a mild substance abuse problem caught in the early phases can often be successfully treated in an outpatient rehab program.
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.
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 program.
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 of recovery.
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 finished.
- 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.