What Is Outpatient Rehabilitation?
Outpatient addiction treatment has a multitude of benefits and can be a successful form of addiction rehabilitation as a main recovery program or as part of the larger continuum of care.
What is outpatient rehab? Outpatient rehab or addiction treatment is a good option for many people who need help without a hospital or inpatient stay. It is an affordable and effective form of addiction treatment for people in the early stages of addiction or those just out of inpatient care. It involves a low number of participation hours per week, typically around 9 hours, and provides education, treatment and support for recovery from substance abuse and alcoholism.
Whether it’s outpatient treatment for heroin, cocaine or alcohol addiction, the program has the same goals and benefits: to stop the use of drugs and alcohol, provide new skills and education to the client, offer individual therapy and support groups, and prevent relapse.
Outpatient addiction treatment is not:
- Subpar treatment
- A replacement for inpatient treatment
- Lower-quality treatment
Continuum of Care
A continuum of care is a long-term plan for treatment that includes multiple phases. The continuum of care delivers health care over a period of time at multiple levels and stages. It provides continuity in the management and quality of treatment a patient receives.
Therefore, it is critical to choose a rehab facility that focuses on comprehensive services and not just one type of treatment. A good rehab center will also involve the family in the client’s care.
Levels of Addiction Treatment
Within the continuum of care there are various types of treatment for addiction. All of these levels of treatment are equally valid and helpful to individuals, with one type not being necessarily superior to another.
These types of services are most helpful when provided within the larger continuum of care. One thing to remember is the level of intensity of treatment has no bearing on the quality of care. For instance, outpatient care is focused on less severe cases than residential inpatient programs, but equal in the level of high standards.
All focused on optimal recovery, these treatment stages have unique attributes to offer. And each individual’s recovery plan should be different.
Someone who has been brought to the hospital due to an alcoholic coma will require several levels of treatment with graduations and transitions, while a person who binge drinks and has experienced few consequences will have different needs to be addressed. Both situations should be viewed within the scope of the continuum of care for optimal results.
Intervention: A service provided by a professional interventionist or in consultation with medical professionals to confront a loved one about their addiction and urge them to accept treatment.
Often, an intervention is the first step in addressing a loved one’s drug or alcohol addiction. In a typical intervention, a group of family and friends gather to present a rehearsed message to their loved one in an effort to get them into rehab. Letting a professional interventionist take the helm of the process is always recommended, though.
At an effective treatment facility, like Reflections Recovery Center, the family involvement in an intervention carries on throughout the recovery process and into aftercare.
Residential Inpatient Services
Residential inpatient services are often required for those who have developed severe addictions. Patients in inpatient care have access to medical attention 24 hours a day, including medically supervised detox during the first week or so.
Partial Hospitalization Services
Partial hospitalization services are offered to addicted patients that require more care than outpatient programs usually provide. Clients typically attend a partial hospitalization program, or day program, for 4 to 6 hours a day at a recovery center.
This program is well suited for someone who has a strong support system at home and a stable living environment, but who also requires a high level of treatment and medical supervision. Addicted patients with dual diagnoses who have completed an inpatient program often go to a day program as their next care level.
Intensive outpatient treatment usually involves partial hospitalization or at least constant access to medically supervised care. The person addicted to drugs or alcohol involved in intensive outpatient care lives at their home or a residential home and receives treatment during the day.
Sometimes, a sober living facility houses people doing intensive outpatient treatment for alcoholism or drugs. In some cases, a person can receive the same benefits they would as an inpatient by staying in a sober living facility and receiving intensive outpatient treatment off-site.
Outpatient Rehab Services
Outpatient rehab, a less intensive treatment than inpatient services, is commonly offered to people who are in the middle stages of addiction recovery. There are many benefits to outpatient rehab.
Outpatient services can be ideal for individuals coming out of inpatient rehab or a hospital who need to learn new ways of living sober and to fortify their recovery. It is a great place to get more support and ease the transition from residential treatment to aftercare.
Outpatient programs can also be the first line of treatment for those struggling with less severe addictions. Please note that Reflections Recovery Center offers inpatient and outpatient programs (not to mention intervention and aftercare services), which are based in Prescott, Arizona.
Benefits of Outpatient Addiction Treatment
The benefits of outpatient treatment within the continuum of care are numerous. For one, people who are the breadwinners for their families can continue to keep their jobs while seeking the treatment they need. Those in school can continue their studies and still get help for their addiction. And parents can still spend time with their children and families while receiving the help they need to recover and be even better parents.
Enhancing spiritual life, becoming educated on the disease-like nature of substance abuse and alcoholism, and learning skills to avoid relapse are only a few of the myriad benefits of outpatient care.
Here are a few more noteworthy advantages of outpatient rehab:
- More affordable than inpatient care and usually covered by insurance
- Can be of equal efficacy as inpatient care, yet at a lower cost
- Builds a support system
- Provides outreach resources, like contact info for support groups and sober friends
- Psychiatric care
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Participants can maintain their normal daily routine while receiving treatment
Support in Many Forms
Multiple research studies show that family, social and community support greatly affect a person’s well-being and recovery from addiction. During outpatient treatment, individuals meet others who know firsthand what the struggle to overcome addiction is about. Building a support community while in outpatient care can bring new friendships that will help on the road to recovery.
In outpatient rehab, once-addicted individuals can find additional resources to enhance their recovery. From AA/NA meetings and support groups for non-addiction related issues to lists of helpful books and counseling referrals, resources for recovery are readily available in outpatient treatment.
Although outpatient care may not be the best standalone option to meet all of the needs of some who are dealing with addiction, it can be a satisfying program in conjunction with other aforementioned elements of the continuum of care. The goal is meeting all of the individual’s needs through the chosen treatment plan.
Get a Personalized Patient Assessment for Yourself or a Loved One
Only a licensed clinician can properly evaluate someone with an addiction. A trained medical professional will make the appropriate assessments, diagnoses and proposal for a plan of care.
If you or an addicted man in your life is curious about what options are available, please contact us today for a personalized patient assessment and to find out what path to recovery we recommend for your specific situation.