What Does Outpatient Substance Abuse Recovery Involve?

Outpatient addiction treatment programs will include some combination of the following therapies and programs:

● Individual therapy

● Individual therapy

● Group therapy

● Family therapies

● Alternative therapies such as art or music

● Education and life skills programs

● Support network creation

● Medication

The main difference between outpatient programs and inpatient rehab is, as the names would suggest, that individuals do not live or eat at outpatient facilities. This reduces the cost, leads to a much more flexible schedule, and allows for greater involvement of one’s family or loved ones.

The specifics of outpatient rehab programs depend upon the individual, substance abused, level of addiction, and program format. However, outpatient programs typically take one of three primary forms.

Day programs are the most intense of the outpatient rehab formats and require individuals to be present at the facility up to six hours at a time and often between five to seven days each week.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) have a more flexible treatment schedule but still, require participants to be dedicated to their mission. These programs offer both day and evening options so that individuals can continue to attend work or school and uphold their existing responsibilities. As patients reach their recovery milestones, they will be required to participate in meetings and appointments less frequently. Typical requirements begin around four times each week for a few hours at a time.

Continuing care programs are the least structured and individualized of all outpatient treatment programs and often take the form of support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. These programs are ideal for individuals who have already gone through rehab and need extra support sticking with sober life.