Outpatient rehabilitation is a form of substance abuse treatment that does not require clients to live in a treatment facility. Instead, clients enrolled in an outpatient program receive treatment during the day before returning to their homes or a separately located sober living facility that limits access to drugs and alcohol. Not all people recovering from drug and alcohol problems will benefit from this type of program. However, many people thrive in an outpatient setting.
Elements Behavioral Health offers a full slate of outpatient services for people recovering from addiction. We can help you determine which level of care best suits your current circumstances, from the relatively extensive commitment of a day program to the targeted assistance of an intensive outpatient program, or any other level of treatment. No matter which option you choose, we’ll meet your needs with professionalism, compassion and a dedication to helping you establish and maintain your sobriety.
There are several reasons for choosing an outpatient rehab program as a setting for addiction recovery. For example, if you have pressing household or family responsibilities, enrollment in this kind of program can give you the time you need to address those responsibilities while still receiving the structured, professional help you need.
Outpatient rehab also gives you the opportunity to establish your recovery support network while receiving substance abuse treatment. You can call on the aid of family and friends every day as you work toward building new skills.
You may also prefer an outpatient program if you need to continue your educational or workplace commitments while in treatment. In addition, the average outpatient rehab program also costs considerably less than the average inpatient program.
There are two main types of outpatient rehab programs available: day programs and intensive outpatient programs. In addition, substantial numbers of people participating in an outpatient program enroll in a continuing care or mutual self-help group to solidify the gains made during treatment.
A day program or partial hospitalization program provides you with the highest level of outpatient care, and also requires the greatest time commitment. Individuals enrolled in this form of rehab travel to their treatment facility at least five days a week and devote multiple hours to treatment or supportive therapy during each visit. Because of the time expenditure involved, a day program may limit your ability to stay active in school or the workplace.
An intensive outpatient program is a structured rehab environment that generally requires a time commitment of a few hours per day. As you progress in this type of program and achieve your established goals, the amount of time you spend onsite may gradually decrease. Intensive outpatient programs are only suitable for people who have a firmly established desire to make strides in treatment and avoid consuming drugs and/or alcohol.
Continuing care and mutual self-help groups rely on the living examples of people successfully participating in addiction recovery to create a supportive environment for individuals working toward sobriety. In addition to help from experienced peers, participants typically receive guidance from a therapist trained to deal with substance-related issues. Examples of these types of groups are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous as well as 12-step alternatives like SMART Recovery and Refuge Recovery.
Counseling is the main mode of treatment for an outpatient rehab program. There are three forms of counseling available in a typical program: group counseling, individual or one-on-one counseling, and family counseling. During group counseling, you receive the benefit of interactions with a trained therapist, as well as the shared experiences of other people recovering from substance problems. Individual or one-on-one counseling allows your therapist to tailor treatment to your specific needs.
Whether you take part in group or individual counseling, sessions that include your family members can help you understand the dynamics of dysfunctional relationships that promote substance abuse, heal those relationships and gain the benefit of active family support during and after treatment.
Not all people recovering from substance abuse are a good match for an outpatient drug rehab. Three factors, in particular, point to a need for inpatient residential treatment:
Call today to find out if outpatient treatment is right for you and to find an outpatient rehab center that meets your needs.
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