It is generally accepted that inpatient treatment has the best overall success rate for those who really want help. There are, however, times when that may not be the best option and outpatient treatment may be a consideration. Though one may not be as immersed in recovery principles as an outpatient.
There are some advantages to outpatient treatment. In general it is less expensive up front and since there’s no overnight stay, one can often continue to work. If there are childcare or family issues, this may also be an alternative, depending on the type and duration of the addiction. Learning to stay sober while still in one’s environment may be more realistic then leaving for a period of time, then having to face home life newly sober, although again, that depends on the severity of the addiction.
There are some basics included in both in and outpatient treatments – both offer:
- Assessment of need
- Individual and group therapy
- Introduction to recovery principles and/or twelve-step programs
- Peer mentoring
- Aftercare and relapse prevention strategies
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Not included are:
- Intense immersion in recovery principles
- More intensive and one-on-one therapy
- Possible diagnosis and treatment of other co-occuring disorders
- Removal of environmental stressors and distractions
- Introduction to sober living routines
- Having all inclusive treatments without the need for outside sources.
Outpatient therapy may not be a good fit if one has a long standing addiction, but if one is in the earlier stages, that may be all that’s needed. Note that if you are the one seeking the treatment options for the addict in your life, he is most likely not a good candidate for outpatient, since clearly the motivation needed for success is lacking.
Those who may make good candidates for outpatient include:
- Those who are intensely motivated
- Those unsure if they are truly addicted but who must seek treatment as a condition of the court system
- Those who have passed the denial phase and know they need help
- Those who are unable to leave their job or family for a length of time
- Those who have a supportive home environment and have access to other resources such as twelve-step programs
- Those who have been sober for awhile, but still have difficulty achieving an emotionally healthy lifestyle
- Those who need more structure than can be found in Twelve-step programs alone, but not as intense as inpatient therapy
- Those searching for a more reasonably priced treatment option.
Since one size doesn’t fit all in recovery, these generalities are just an overview. It would be a disservice to use one or more of these criteria alone as a deciding factor between inpatient and out. Outpatient can be a risky investment if your addiction is quite entrenched. Using antibuse, for example, may be a way of staying away from that first drink, but once that crutch is gone, do you really have all you need to continue abstinence? And how good is your personal accountability? Outpatient treatment can provide a novel way to get the skeptics in your life off your back, but will it be enough to get you through that first year or two?
If you have mental health issues or process addictions added to your list, outpatient care may be of little value. In the long run, it ‘s best to go over all one’s options with a professional to best decide what treatment course to take.Our trained staff of professionals are qualified to help you assess what type of outpatient treatment will be the best fit to ensure you or your loved one gets the help you need.
But how does one go about finding the right outpatient treatment?
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Our trained staff of professionals are qualified to help you assess what type of treatment will be the best fit to ensure you or your loved one gets the help you need.
But how does one go about finding the right program?
If this all looks very overwhelming....it is! But that's what we are here for. Call us at 888-205-8608 and we can help make this process much easier. We will narrow down all of these aspects and find the best program for you or your loved one with all your concerns considered. It's as simple as making that first call. And the best part is that we are a free service. The road to recovery starts here!
We are a free service