Outpatient Treatment

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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.

Why Choose an Outpatient Program?

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.

What Types of Programs Are Available?

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.

Day Programs

A day 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.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

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/Mutual Self-Help Groups

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.

What Types of Treatments Are Used?

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.

Who Should Avoid Outpatient 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:

  • A Prior History of Relapse – A significant number of people recovering from drug or alcohol problems relapse back into active substance abuse. If you have relapsed multiple times in the past, you may benefit from the structure, monitoring and restrictions on substance access provided by an inpatient setting.
  • Posing a Danger to Self or Others – For a number of reasons, people in drug rehab may struggle with behavioral changes that increase the risk for self-harm or acts of aggression toward others. If a doctor’s assessment reveals this kind of risk, monitored inpatient treatment is the appropriate option for recovery.
  • Lack of a Non-Destructive Household Environment – For many people, dysfunctional relationships in the home play a major role in triggering and maintaining substance abuse. Daily exposure to this sort of environment can severely diminish your chances of staying sober.

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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