Outpatient treatment is a broad name for drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs that do not require you to live in a treatment facility. Each addiction is different, but outpatient care can be beneficial for many people. All it takes is an understanding of typical treatment practices and care limitations.
Addictions that Can Be Treated in Outpatient Rehab
Outpatient care is a valuable resource for you if you’ve completed a treatment program already, as well as if you’re seeking care for the first time. If you’re an alcoholic, outpatient care can help you learn to change your drinking habits, and refer you to a detox program if you experience the physical withdrawal that comes from an advanced addiction. Heroin addictions are often treated through methadone and medication replacement.
Other addictions that outpatient care handles are:
- Marijuana dependency
- Vicodin and OxyContin addiction
- Other prescription drug dependencies
Nearly all addictions can be addressed by outpatient programs, but they’re simply addressed in different ways than they are in inpatient programs.
The Outpatient Treatment Processes
All outpatient care, regardless of whether detox is needed, has a strong focus on counseling. Often you’re assigned a therapist to have individual sessions with, as well as a therapy group. This dual form of treatment will allow you to learn to discuss your thoughts, feelings and concerns about becoming sober with a professional and with other addicts experiencing the same things as you.
One of the unique things about outpatient care is that you are not required to live at the treatment center. You are able to go home each night and go about your daily life between treatment sessions. This allows you to immediately see results in your daily life from your treatment instead of waiting to be released.
Benefits of Outpatient Treatment
An additional benefit of outpatient care is the fact that in most cases, it’s the cheaper treatment option. Medication costs may make the price higher, but for the most part, outpatient care is often half the price of inpatient treatment. There are also a number of free outpatient treatment options available as well. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are community support groups that often fall into the realm of “outpatient” therapy. These options are almost always free of charge.
Contact us at (855) 396-3021 if you have any questions about drug or alcohol rehab, including outpatient care. We can help you find a program for you.