Outpatient care offers substance abuse treatment during the day or evening, while you return home or to a sober living facility at night. Outpatient treatment can follow an inpatient program, or by someone already in recovery looking for additional support.
Almost all outpatient care consists of support groups and counseling, along with individual therapy. Throughout, you’ll learn different tools and strategies to overcome your addiction. Some group examples include relapse prevention, identifying triggers, self-care, nutrition, and anger management. Some treatment centers also offer recreational therapies such as team building exercises and equine therapy to name a few.
Will Outpatient Care Work For Me?
Outpatient care is best suited for those with a mild to moderate substance abuse problem. Perhaps it was caught in the early phases and never developed into a completely life-altering addiction. Outpatient care is great when someone needs flexibility in scheduling due to other life responsibilities, such as family or work.
In order for outpatient care to work, you must be motivated to stay sober. Since you are not under constant supervision, temptation can get the best of someone in the early stages of recovery. Those who are severely addicted to a substance and have been for quite some time, will most likely need a more intensive form of treatment, such as an inpatient program.
How Outpatient Treatment Works
Outpatient treatment offers much more freedom than an inpatient program. Some choose to stay in a sober living facility while they attend, however, living at home is also an option. This will make the cost of outpatient treatment generally much lower than an inpatient facility. Most will work around your schedule so that you don’t need to sacrifice your job for your well-being. Not having to interrupt your normal schedule allows for more discreet treatment, since an extended absence from everyday life isn’t necessary. Outpatient treatment allows guests to find a balance between their life and recovery.
Some providers require different levels of commitment to their outpatient programs. A partial hospitalization program, or PHP, has a higher level of commitment than a more traditional outpatient. Groups are usually more frequent and attendance may be required to successfully complete a PHP. An intensive outpatient program, or IOP, sometimes refers to a less restrictive form of treatment. IOP clients are expected to attend a set number of groups as well, just not quite as frequently as say, PHP.
Outpatient rehab is much less effective for those with a history of relapse. Inpatient treatment is a much better choice for someone with a history of substance abuse. Outpatient works best for someone with a stable, healthy environment to return home to every night, as well as, someone with a strong desire to change their life for the better and break away from their addiction. A personal support network outside of treatment is also crucial to continued sobriety during and after treatment.
If you or someone you know is looking for an outpatient care facility, Royal Life Centers is here to fulfill your needs. Our PHP and Intensive Outpatient Programs were designed to meet the needs of each of our guests. For more information about these, or any of our programs please contact us today. We are available 24/7 at (877)-RECOVERY or (877)-732-6837. Because We Care.