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What Is Outpatient Rehab?

what is outpatient rehab

A severe addiction to some substances is typically treated in an inpatient residential program. This allows the patient to detox and manages withdrawal while being on watch 24 hours per day.

Mild substance abuse problems that are caught in the early phases can sometimes be treated in an outpatient rehab facility.

An outpatient rehab is a great option for people who want to stop abusing drugs or alcohol but need the flexibility to maintain their responsibilities. These might include the need to avoid losing their job or dropping out of school.

What Is Outpatient Rehab?

Outpatient rehab programs offer both drug and alcohol treatment that is scheduled throughout the week. This allows addicts to continue pursuing normal responsibilities while still living at home. 

Those in outpatient rehab facilities must check into their treatment facility at specific times for both counseling and medication. 

There are many different forms of outpatient rehab including intense or laid-back programs. Typically, counseling, education, and support are all a huge part of a successful outpatient rehab program.

Types of Outpatient Rehab

There are different types of outpatient rehab but they typically fall into one of three categories:

Day programs

Day programs have the highest level of structure in terms of outpatient rehab settings. During a day program, clients will usually commit to coming in 5-7 days per week. Each day they visit the facility they will be there for multiple hours participating in therapy, group counseling sessions, and other forms of therapy.

Patients are allowed to go home after each session, either to their family’s home or a sober living home. Day programs require a large time commitment, which can limit the amount of work or school an individual is able to commit to.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

These programs have a treatment plan that is established with defined and measurable milestones. This helps to track progress.

As milestones are met, those in IOP may need to participate less often in a week. IOP is a good option for those who are serious, and have proven they are, about being sober. These programs allow addicts to perform daily responsibilities and hold a true work or school schedule. 

In IOP, addicts will participate in counseling sessions, group therapy, relapse prevention, and a group such as 12-step.

Continuing Care

Continuing care programs are more often known as groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A) or Narcotics Anonymous (N.A). These are ongoing support groups that can help those addicted, to stay sober.

These groups are often facilitated by a licensed therapist and meet weekly. Many groups might be niche, such as LGBT, gender-specific, or related to age. Some even focus on one specific part of recovery or one substance.

Finding Rehab

Deciding the best type of treatment program that works for you can be difficult, but is an important decision to make. Regardless of if it is Outpatient Rehab Denver, or an inpatient program, getting help is the first step towards recovery.

If you or someone you love needs help to determine what type of treatment program is best, contact a treatment provider today.