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Outpatient Treatment

Move forward toward sobriety with outpatient treatment. Live at home, surrounded by your family, and work on your addiction treatment program during the day. A program like this is appropriate for people who don’t need intensive treatment or around-the-clock care.

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About Outpatient Treatment for Addiction

Outpatient treatment involves living at home or in a sober living facility and attending therapy and counseling sessions throughout the week.

Some people enroll in outpatient treatment after completing medical detox and inpatient treatment—this is known as step-down care. Others with mild addictions and a strong support system may begin their recovery process with an outpatient rehab program.

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What to Expect


1. Intake & Assessment

Before beginning treatment, the first step is intake and assessment. You’ll fill out any necessary paperwork and then a psychologist or doctor will conduct a thorough assessment, including the nature and extent of your addiction, family history, mental and medical conditions, social history, history of trauma, and more.

Your treatment team will use this information to guide your treatment planning. What works for one patient might not be right for another, which is why programs tailor your plan to suit you and your needs.


2. During Treatment

Standard outpatient programs are the most flexible addiction treatment options available, including a few hours of counseling and therapy per week. You can expect interventions and services, such as:

  • Group and individual therapy sessions
  • Family counseling
  • Psychoeducation classes

Unlike inpatient, IOPs, and PHPs, outpatient treatment can last for an extended period of time. The benefit of ongoing care is that you can build upon your relapse prevention and coping skills and address any new challenges or struggles that arise during recovery.


3. Aftercare & Relapse Prevention

As you come to the end of your outpatient program, your treatment team will create a tailored aftercare and relapse prevention plan for you, based on your needs and priorities. This plan may include joining SMART Recovery or a 12-step program like NA or AA if you haven’t already as well as attending ongoing counseling sessions.


Benefits of Outpatient Treatment

Enroll in an outpatient treatment program, and you’ll visit with a talented team regularly to work on your recovery. You’ll live outside of the facility, but you’ll get the help you need. Benefits of treatment include the following:

  • Skill building - Living at home means dealing with triggers. Ongoing care in outpatient treatment can help you learn to live with those prompts in real time.
  • Maintenance medications - Some people need medications to help with drug relapse risks, while others use therapies for underlying mental health issues. Outpatient care means getting that treatment from trained professionals.
  • Supervision - An outpatient treatment program helps you stay connected with the team that helped you at the start of your sobriety journey.
  • Community - Spend your days surrounded by other people who are also in recovery. Share tips and techniques, and support others as you learn and grow.
  • Structure - Empty time can increase relapse risks. Your program’s scheduled meetings give you a way to balance your days and create healthy habits.
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Treatment Methods & Services

Outpatient treatment programs are flexible treatment options that enable individuals to recover from substance use disorder while continuing to work, attend school, or fulfill other obligations. You’ll receive the following treatment modalities and services:

Individual Therapy

During outpatient rehab, you’ll attend individual counseling, in which you will meet one-on-one with your therapist to explore the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help gain insight into your substance misuse. You’ll learn coping skills, emotional regulation strategies, and impulse control skills, all of which will be vital throughout your recovery.

Group Counseling

Group counseling sessions, which are facilitated by a psychologist or addiction counselor, offer an opportunity for you to build sober social skills, create and build a recovery community, and learn and practice recovery strategies in a safe space.

Family Therapy

Family therapy actively involves family members in your recovery process and helps to improve communication and conflict-resolution skills as well as strengthen relationships. It can also help change the way your loved ones think about and respond to substance misuse.

Psychoeducation & Skills Training

Your outpatient treatment program may include drug education, relapse prevention, vocational rehabilitation, skills training, and social re-integration classes. These sessions provide training for essential strategies and skills needed to begin living a sober life.

Flexible Support

One of the advantages of outpatient rehab is that you have plenty of flexibility while you recover from a drug or alcohol addiction. You can receive therapy and counseling on a schedule that works best for you and your obligations, such as childcare or work, with many treatment sessions being available in the evenings or on weekends.

Longer Term Care

Inpatient care typically lasts between one and three months, but because of the nature of outpatient rehab, you can attend treatment for an extended period of time, such as a year or longer. Some people attend outpatient programs for an indefinite period of time, building on their recovery skills in the long term.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Outpatient rehab treatment programs come in many shapes and sizes. Intensive programs, including those in hospital settings, are designed for people who need significant help. Other programs may involve meeting with a therapist or counselor just a few times per week.

Outpatient treatment programs use evidence-based treatment models, including basing programs on the needs and preferences of the patients. Outpatient rehab lasts as long as people need it to.

Your outpatient costs will vary depending on the length and intensity of your treatment program. Outpatient programs typically work with almost all insurance providers, and staff members can help arrange authorization for you.

Reputable outpatient rehab programs use evidence-based models to help you recover. Novel treatments that have no scientific basis aren’t used in a program like this. Providers should also be willing to adjust treatment based on the needs of their patients.

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