What Is Outpatient Rehab?

During outpatient rehab, patients reside at home and travel to a treatment facility during the day. Outpatient rehab allows patients more freedom than inpatient rehab, which requires them to reside in a treatment facility for the duration of their treatment.

Typically, patients attend a detox facility to get clean before attending outpatient rehab so that they can begin rehab with a “clean slate.” While in outpatient rehab, patients go to a facility or facilities for treatment typically between 1 and 10 hours during the day. During this time, they check in with doctors who will evaluate their health, attend therapies, receive lifestyle coaching, and participate in other treatment methods. Afterwards, patients go back home to their regular life before starting the process again the following day.

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Who Is Outpatient Rehab For?

Outpatient Rehab can benefit anyone in need of treatment, but it is a better fit for some treatment seekers than others. It may be the right choice for your situation if you…

Are Looking for a Less Expensive Treatment Option

Inpatient rehab is generally more expensive than outpatient rehab, especially for longer treatment periods. Outpatient rehab is typically a less expensive alternative that is still effective in treating drug and alcohol addiction.

Are in Early Stages of Addiction

Any addiction is a disease that should not be taken lightly. Even less severe or early stage addictions need to be treated before they become more intense and harder to quit. However, if your addiction is less severe, your everyday surroundings might not affect treatment to the same extent as they would with a more severe addiction. Also, less severe and early stage addictions require less intensive and around-the-clock treatment. Therefore, it may be safer to attend outpatient rehab without the worry of relapsing once you go back home.

Have Obligations and Commitments You Can’t Break

Many parents and professionals cannot afford to take a break from their families or their jobs despite suffering from addiction. The worst option would be to continue their daily lifestyle without seeking help and risk growing the intensity of their addiction. The compromise choice for them would be to attend outpatient rehab, where they could check in for their disorder for part of their weekdays and still return home to their families and work duties.

Have Already Gone Through Rehab

Although regularly attending counseling, therapy, and being surrounded by constant support will drastically increase your chances of stopping your addiction, there is no guarantee you won’t relapse. Many who have gone through the long process of rehab still experience cravings for drugs and alcohol. Because of this, you might need extra help after rehab to stay sober. Outpatient rehab can help keep you in check and continue the support system you need to abstain from abusing drugs and alcohol.

Benefits of Outpatient Rehab

Women In A Group Therapy Session During Outpatient RehabThere are many benefits to outpatient rehab. Here are some of the most advantageous:

Affordability

Every rehab facility differs in pricing simply because they offer different services and amenities. However, it is safe to say that outpatient rehab is typically substantially less costly than inpatient rehab since you are using fewer facilities, services, and amenities.

Flexibility

Patients are required to check in to the treatment facility for a certain amount of days and hours. However, they have much more freedom than inpatient rehab, including the ability to continue daily activities.

Ability to See Family

Outpatient programs allow you to be at home and see your family. This is an important part of the rehab process since family provides many patients with the love and support to help them through the recovering process.

Disadvantages of Outpatient Rehab

Distractions

Being at home makes many patients too comfortable and can distract them from the goal at hand–to get clean. Drug connections are not far away, and the urge to give in can be far too easy.

Limited Access to Medical and Clinical Support

Being in an Inpatient program provides access to medical and clinical help 24/7. Being at home makes it harder to communicate with your counselor, therapists, case managers, and doctors. Patients may not get all the support necessary to stay on track.

Lack of Continued Support

Families want to support their loved ones, but they often don’t know exactly what patients are going through. Being able to build relationships with fellow treatment seekers while in inpatient programs provides a different kind of support.

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What to Consider When Choosing an Outpatient Rehab Facility

Choosing the right outpatient center is very important. Every program offers something different, and some programs are a better fit than others.  Here are some things to look out for when choosing the best center for you:

Do they specialize in your substance disorder?

Most rehab centers treat alcohol and other common substance abuse disorders. However, you need to make sure they specialize in, or at least treat, your specific addiction.

How Intense Is the Program?

If the program requires you to come in every single day and you have responsibilities that you cannot postpone until after treatment, that program may not be for you. Do some research on what the average duration for the treatment you need is and also what is involved. If you can’t commit to what they are offering, you might feel overwhelmed and quit altogether, which is the opposite of the goal you are trying to achieve.

Do They Accept My Insurance?

Rehab can be quite expensive, and insurance can make all the difference. Find out about the costs of the program and if your insurance will cover it before you commit to any program.

How Available Will My Doctor Be?

Committing to an outpatient program means you will not be around your doctor, therapist, and other professionals for support 24/7 like you would in an inpatient program. Support is everything. Research the communication process between doctors and outpatients when there is an emergency or other issues after they go home for the day.

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Finding an Outpatient Program That Works for You

If you can’t dedicate all your time or financial resources to an inpatient program, an outpatient program might be best for you. You can still take care of your family, go to work, and get clean at the same time. Contact a treatment expert who will help find the perfect outpatient program for you.

Last Edited: April 19, 2018

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