What is an Outpatient Program for Drug Addiction?
An outpatient program is, generally speaking, a treatment program that doesn’t require the patient to live on-premises. Instead of spending months at a residential facility, they continue to live at their home and make regular visits to a treatment facility. During these visits, they’ll receive counseling, therapy, take part in group sessions, and receive other types of treatment for addiction.
However, there is a distinction to make between outpatient programs and intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization programs. Standard outpatient programs are relatively low intensity and easy to fit into your weekly schedule. The other types of programs involve more sessions of greater duration, with considerable minimum commitments.
Outpatient vs Intensive Outpatient and PHP
Outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs each rely on similar programs and methods to help people overcome addiction. However, the big difference is the intensity of each program. While IOP and PHP entail hefty minimum commitments of 9-30 hours a week, standard outpatient programs are less structured and more flexible. These commitments are important when someone’s recovery is still shaky, but they become unnecessary as someone grows more firm in their abstinence.
If you feel relatively secure in your recovery, a standard outpatient program is often the best choice. The combination of autonomy and support that low-intensity outpatient treatment offers is suitable for maintaining and building upon your recovery.
Types of Therapy in an Outpatient Program
There are many specialized forms of therapy and treatment that you might receive in the course of an outpatient addiction program. Some common types include cognitive behavioral therapy and a derivative version of it, dialectical behavioral therapy. Both methods aim to identify problematic thought processes, but one aims to resolve them while the other emphasizes building mental resilience and coping skills.
Group sessions are also an important element of addiction treatment. At the end of the day, a sense of community and the support of other people can’t be replaced. By taking part in group sessions, you get to be vulnerable about your struggles in an empathetic, understanding, and supportive context. Everyone in the group wants to be better, and they want to help each other be better too.
How Outpatient Treatment Supports Abstinence and Recovery
While traditional one or two month rehab programs are effective at treating addiction, they only go part of the way in a person’s recovery journey. Enrolling in an outpatient program is a great way to find enduring, long-term support. Instead of having to go through independent life on your own, you can continue to have that connection, guidance, and support that makes all the difference.
Become a Member of Our Outpatient Program
Our outpatient program is a flexible, practical way to stay in touch with the local recovery community and continue receiving treatment. If you’re interested in enrolling, give us a call and we’ll help you fit some regular sessions into your schedule.