Outpatient programs typically offer both individual and group treatment services along with support groups. These are attended at various times throughout the week. This allows for one to continue with their life responsibilities while still living at home but are required to check in with their providers at their allotted times.
Outpatient programs have different formats and levels of intensity with the general focus on counseling, education and expanding one’s sober support system. Levels of intensity may include a Level I Outpatient Treatment or a Level II.I Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
Intensive outpatient programs establish a treatment plan with defined, measurable milestones in place to indicate progress. As these milestones are met, the time commitment required per week decreases.
The IOP is a good option for those serious about abstaining from substances but that still need to be able to work and perform daily responsibilities. An IOP may require multiple sessions for a few hours each week to conduct counseling sessions, group therapy, relapse prevention education, and attendance in a 12-step or similar recovery support group.
Some of the biggest reasons to consider outpatient programs are:
- Affordability. Because you’re able to live at home during outpatient treatment, you don’t have to pay the costs of lodging at an inpatient facility — making it more affordable than inpatient.
- Flexibility. Outpatient programs can usually work around your schedule. This is beneficial for those who feel like they can’t leave their job or family for an extended period of time.
- Access to family. Throughout the outpatient rehab program, family involvement and support are emphasized, as loved ones can help encourage you to stay on the path to sobriety.
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