Outpatient treatment programs are extremely beneficial for individuals who are looking to recover or are in the process of recovering from a substance use disorder. As beneficial as outpatient treatment is, it is not for everyone. This particular level of addiction treatment is designed for those who:
- Have a mild (sometimes moderate) substance use disorder
- Do not have a physical dependency on drugs and/or alcohol
- Have a safe drug and alcohol-free living environment
- Are able to maintain their wellbeing outside of treatment
- Have a strong support system
- Have already completed higher levels of addiction treatment (such as inpatient treatment or an intensive outpatient program)
How Outpatient Treatment Works
As with all other types of addiction treatment, those who want to enter into outpatient treatment will be assessed prior to admission. During the assessment, prospective patients will be asked questions regarding their relationship with drugs and/or alcohol, family history, past medical and psychological history, etc. The information gathered during the assessment allows the staff to develop a course of care that is best suited for the individual.
Each individual in need of treatment has his or her own unique qualities, which is why it is important to ensure that they are receiving the care they need in order to truly recover. For most patients, the length of time that they remain in an outpatient treatment program is anywhere between eight to twelve weeks. During that time, patients go to the facility either once or a few times per week to receive services. The time spent at the facility is usually short, maybe lasting up to a few hours. When a patient completes the program, he or she can continue his or her journey towards recovery with a therapist of his or her choosing and/or through local 12-Step meetings.
What To Expect From Outpatient Treatment
If you are looking to enroll in outpatient treatment, there are several things that you are possibly thinking about, such as:
- How much is outpatient treatment going to cost?
- What kinds of therapies am I going to receive?
- What if I don’t think outpatient treatment is right for me?
- How can I manage both my treatment and my everyday life?
The good news is, you are certainly not the only person to think of these things. For some, outpatient treatment is the first type of professional addiction treatment they ever receive, making it difficult to have an idea of what to expect. But luckily, these and other inquiries can be easily answered.
For starters, prior to beginning an outpatient program, it is important that you work with your insurance provider to determine what programs are in-network and what your limitations with your coverage are. Thankfully, most insurance providers cover outpatient treatment services, so it really just becomes a question of asking how they will help. If you do not have insurance, you may have the option of financing your treatment through the facility or utilizing state assistance if you qualify.
Outpatient Treatment Therapies
Outpatient treatment is mostly therapeutic, meaning that you will be regularly participating in therapies. Depending on your needs and what outpatient program you attend, you may receive the following therapies:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Individual therapy
- Group counseling
- Experiential therapy
If at any point you feel as though you are not getting what you need from an outpatient treatment program, speak up to a staff member about your concerns. If it is determined that you require another type of addiction treatment, they can help guide you in the right direction so you can get where you need to be.
Since you will be living at home during your outpatient treatment, you are going to have to balance both your program and your everyday life. An outpatient program will provide you with a schedule that you can follow and build into your personal life. Because addiction treatment is vital to your recovery, you may need to make sacrifices or change things around in your everyday life to accommodate your treatment, but usually, this is just a matter of a few minor changes.
Do You Need Help?
The most important thing to know about addiction treatment is that no matter where you are in the process of your recovery, there are people available who can yield all of your questions and help you make everything work out. Again, addiction treatment is extremely important and not paying attention to your need for it can cause you more problems in the long run.
So, if you are struggling with a substance use disorder, reach out to us right now. You do not need to be embarrassed or ashamed. We are here to help you overcome the challenges you have with this disease so that you can live a happy and healthy life.
Don’t wait. Call us now. We can help.