Outpatient Rehab Treatment for Addiction
With the proliferation of drug treatment modalities, outpatient rehab has become an increasingly popular option. In contrast to inpatient rehab, outpatient programs allow much more flexibility for patients. Folks getting treatment are able to stay off site (at home or in a halfway / sober living house) and continue attending work and tending to their external responsibilities while undergoing treatment. Many patients love the ability to continue interacting with and having access to family resources, which can prove to be really helpful during the difficult periods of addiction treatment.
Traditionally, outpatient programs have been seen as less intensive, less comprehensive and less effective than inpatient or residential treatment. In the past, we’ve seen outpatient options recommended to those who are sufficiently motivated to embrace sobriety or to those dealing with less severe addictions that won’t require comprehensive withdrawal and detox mitigation regimens.
Today, that’s not always true — outpatient care, often when coupled with other treatment therapies and support groups can be a great option for some individuals and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Outpatient programs generally take place in the form of scheduled sessions where patients attend group and solo classes on a regular basis.
Most formats include 2-3 weekly meetings with counselors and medical professionals and some level of external support group presence.
While most of the ‘few times a week’ style schedules are fairly light on intensity compared to inpatient 24-7 courses of treatment, there are some more intensive options.
Full Day Programs
Basically the equivalent of an inpatient treatment program, but patients are allotted the ability to sleep off-site, or in some cases take the weekends off.
In terms of what attending an outpatient drug treatment program is like — that’s nearly impossible to answer when speaking categorically. Many different services are considered outpatient treatment: counselors, therapists, mindfulness & meditation retreats, spiritual and faith-based camps and so on. When we talk about outpatient treatment, we’re talking about all of those things. The primary differentiating factor is that the patient doesn’t stay on site, and doesn’t have (in most cases) a curriculum of treatment organized and delivered by a single party.
How long to outpatient drug rehab programs last?
Unlike inpatient stays, which normally have a defined duration, outpatient treatment can last as long as it needs to, as determined by the patient and the medical professionals treating them.
Also, due to the murky lines of what is considered outpatient drug treatment and what isn’t, it is often the case that patients will continue attending AA or other support groups and seeing counselors perhaps indefinitely, albeit at increasingly irregular intervals.
How much does outpatient rehab cost?
One of the main benefits of outpatient treatment is the affordability. Services are generally billed similarly to counselor or therapist visits. Medical assistance (insurance and Medicare / Medicaid) is often more readily available for these services than inpatient programs as well.