Regular Outpatient Treatment

A regular outpatient treatment program will allow you to continue living at home while still seeking help for your substance abuse and addiction. Some of them can also let you stay at a sober or transitional living facility.

About Regular Outpatient Treatment

There are different types of outpatient treatment programs for addiction. They include intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), and regular outpatient treatment program.

A regular outpatient program offers less intensive care than you would find at these other types of outpatient treatment programs. Further, the care would be lower than what you would gain if you were enrolled in an inpatient drug rehab program.

These programs typically differ in terms of intensity. For instance, some of them will require that you only spend one session every week at the treatment center. Others will also ask that you go for several sessions each week. You can also find others that offer treatment 5 days every week.

Who Needs It?

A regular outpatient treatment program might be ideal if you have already been through a more intensive form of care - such as an inpatient drug rehab, an IOP, or a PHP - but still need help to ensure that you do not suffer a relapse.

You can also opt for this type of care if your substance abuse is still new or it has not been ongoing for long enough for you to require intensive treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

The other situation in which you would benefit from regular outpatient drug rehab would be if you cannot afford any other form of care. This could either be due to financial issues or because you have ongoing obligations and responsibilities at home, work, or school - which would make it difficult for you to commit more time and energy to addiction treatment.

How It Works

While enrolled in a regular outpatient treatment program, you will typically receive counseling and therapy services to guide you towards long term recovery. You will also learn about the effects of substance abuse and addiction as well as develop skills in other areas of your life - such as anger management, time management, stress management, financial responsibility, goal setting, communication, socializing, leisure, and employment.

These programs can also offer individual therapy, family counseling, couples counseling, group therapy, and other evidence-based therapy options. Others provide alternative or complementary treatment services like yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, exercise therapy, animal assisted therapy, and Ayurvedic medicine, among others.

Almost all of these programs will teach you how to reduce and eventually eliminate your risk of relapse. This is because you will be spending more time outside the treatment facility than inside it - which could cause you to encounter temptations and triggers that might cause you to start abusing drugs and drinking alcohol again. They might also put you in touch with 12 step support groups - such as NA - Narcotics Anonymous - and AA - Alcoholics Anonymous.

Getting Help

It is possible to overcome your substance abuse and addiction while enrolled in a regular outpatient treatment program. However, this will require that you continue focusing on your long term recovery and take the lessons that you learn in the program seriously.

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