Although it is recommended to treat addiction in an inpatient setting, there are some cases where outpatient rehab is effective. More severe addictions to substances like opioids, stimulants, or more severe alcoholism, usually require inpatient rehab treatment. However, mild substance abuse, identified in its early stages, can sometimes be successfully treated in an outpatient alcohol & drug rehab program.
Outpatient rehab is recommended for milder cases of drug or alcohol addiction and for those who require the flexibility of a program that will not remove them from their lives and responsibilities too entirely.
What is Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab
At Lighthouse Recovery Center, our local outpatient rehab program is developed to help the patient fight their addiction with minimal interference to their home life and routine.
The addiction treatment therapy sessions are usually scheduled so that the patient can continue living at home and dealing with their regular responsibilities. The patient is still required to check in with their treatment counselor at specified times, for therapy sessions, and medication if it is needed.
At Lighthouse, the patient will initially undergo an assessment to determine the level of treatment needed and the types of therapy that will best treat their addiction.
After that, a schedule is created in collaboration with the patient in order for the treatment plan to begin.
Types of Outpatient Rehab Programs
Our outpatient rehab program comes in a range of different formats, with varying levels of intensity. The main focus is on therapy, education, a relapse prevention plan, and peer support.
Our most common types of outpatient rehab include:
1. Outpatient Day Program
Our day programs offer the patient the highest level of support and structure possible in an outpatient rehab program setting. The patient will need to commit to coming to our outpatient facility at least 5-7 days per week, for many hours each day.
Throughout this period, the patient will participate in counseling sessions, group therapy, and other means of treatment that will be discussed before commencement.
After each session, the patient can return home to their families or a sober living home.
Although still an outpatient setting, our outpatient day programs require a significant time commitment which can hinder the patient’s ability to go to work or school. This form of outpatient rehab is only recommended for those who will be severely affected by an inpatient setting and isolation from family.
2. Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Our intensive outpatient program is less time-intensive than our outpatient day program but still requires a time commitment of multiple sessions per week carried out as a couple of hours each time. During IOP, the patient will attend individual therapy sessions, group therapy, relapse prevention education and will need to attend a 12 step or similar peer support recovery group.
This outpatient rehab plan will include measurable milestones so that progress can be tracked. Once milestones are met, the time commitments decrease.
The IOP is an excellent option for those who suffer from a milder form of addiction and still need to work or perform regular daily responsibilities. For IOP to be successful, the patient needs to be serious about stopping drug or alcohol use and to stay committed to the treatment program.
3. Ongoing Support
In addition to the regular outpatient treatment programs, our ongoing support will help the patient with sober living outside the rehab setting.
Ongoing support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have been created to provide continued support to recovering addicts. These group sessions will usually meet weekly and are facilitated by a licensed therapist.
Once the patient is in the outpatient program, they will become familiar with these ongoing support groups and will commit to meeting with them weekly in order to prevent relapse.