Outpatient treatment is substance rehabilitation that doesn’t disrupt your daily life. Recovery is less intense and focuses on managing recovery around a more regular schedule. You will learn how to live drug-free outside of intense supervision.
Outpatient treatment is a drug recovery program that occurs during the day only and may occur outside of a formal treatment facility. Patients do not live at the facility and may continue to go to work and socialize with friends while receiving treatment for addiction. It’s important the patient’s home life is stable enough for them to return home at night.
Outpatient treatment can be used following an inpatient program, by itself or as a way to maintain sobriety for those already in recovery.
Some rehab clinics offer a Partial Hospitalization Program, or PHP, where individuals receive treatment during the day and return home at night. PHPs can be classified as a part of either an outpatient or inpatient program.
The decision about outpatient treatment should be made between you and your clinic. Keep these factors in mind when making the decision.
Outpatient treatment typically includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on the connection among a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Treatment can help individuals change their thought process and deal with outside forces like stress in a different way. They also can learn to find pleasure in healthier ways.
Your schedule of outpatient care often depends on your personal work and life schedule, and your recovery needs. You may have a series of all-day meetings and therapy, or your treatment may take place in the evenings. Treatment may take place at a rehab facility or elsewhere.
Rehab centers look for therapist or hospital referrals and consider outpatient admission the same as they would inpatient care. Outpatient admissions may include life evaluations to make sure your life outside of the treatment center is healthy enough for outpatient care.
Private insurance through your job can pay for a number of days of treatment. Check with your insurance provider for coverage and costs. Assistance through Medicare and Medicaid also is available, but not all rehab clinics accept it. You can also pay out-of-pocket for treatment either by using savings or by fundraising through family and friends. While it can be costly, treatment could help you create a new life for yourself.
Most major rehab clinics offer outpatient therapy. Consult your therapist or a rehab clinic’s consultation manager for information on outpatient programs. Find a treatment plan that allows you to get the help you need without disrupting the life you live.