Outpatient Treatment Program
An outpatient treatment program is an alternative to residential treatment. It benefits those who aren’t able to leave work or family for an extended periods. In outpatient rehabs the recovering individual (client) does not live in the structured environment provided by residential treatment. Outpatient rehab can be the next step after an inpatient program. It can also be the first step for those without a serious addiction.
The Need for Outpatient Rehab
The most effective use of an outpatient program is to transition a client from residential treatment. This means the client will go from round the clock supervision to a more independent level of treatment. With this type of treatment, the individual lives in a residence (typically home) that isn’t provided or supervised by the program. However, they continue to regularly attend formal treatment. Treatment is implemented in the form:
- Individual and group therapy,
- Referrals to other needed services
- Management of aftercare plans
Although outpatient rehab is not nearly as demanding as an inpatient program, an IOP, or intensive outpatient program, is still very time-consuming. It requires a major commitment of time and energy because programs often meet three or four times per week for at least two to four hours at a time. All outpatient rehab programs have different recommendations, but most require that the individual commits to a minimum number of days and hours that they attend. Many outpatient rehabs require that the person attend addiction and treatment education classes, support groups, and 12 step meetings to supplement individual and group therapy.
Outpatient Treatment Program at Steps to Recovery
Outpatient rehab can be very effective for some alcoholics and addicts. Many people find the freedom of an outpatient rehab program to be beneficial because they are able to receive treatment without interrupting important, healthy components of their lifestyle. Since the amount of time spent involved in outpatient treatment is less than a residential program, the client is able to maintain their job, home responsibilities or school work.
Outpatient rehab is not a good choice for someone who will suffer from intense withdrawal symptoms while detoxifying. It’s also not ideal for someone who doesn’t have a supportive home environment. Someone with numerous relapses despite other recovery efforts should also avoid outpatient as their first step. These individuals need more support than outpatient rehab offers and should seek a residential treatment facility.
If you have an interest in our outpatient treatment program, reach out to us today. Call 866-488-8684 to learn more about Steps to Recovery and how we can help you reach recovery.