What is outpatient substance abuse treatment?
Outpatient substance abuse treatment programs are decided by a mandatory clinical/medical evaluation, which are done at the facility as part of the admissions process and tailored to the patient's needs.
Most outpatient substance abuse treatment programs are in the community and are often beneficial for people with jobs and social support who have a mild substance abuse problem. An outpatient program costs less than inpatient rehab and allows you to continue your daily life. Most outpatient treatment services are provided weekly and may include group and individual counseling.
Different types of outpatient rehab treatment
When looking for an outpatient substance abuse program, there are different levels of intensity that you should be aware of. A low-intensity outpatient program may offer education on drug and alcohol disorders and some therapy to help with managing your recovery.
Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for substance abuse are recommended for patients who do not need a medically supervised detox or 24/7 care. IOP services offer a specified number of hours of service per week. However, some programs provide more sessions per week and more extended sessions per day, and many programs become less intensive over time. With an IOP a patient’s time in the program will usually be longer than an inpatient rehab program. The IOP will be customized to you and may include individual, family, and group therapy, as well as psycho-education about substance use and mental disorders.