If you’ve decided to enter an outpatient drug-free treatment, you have some options in terms of the type of program you can join. Keep in mind that people entering outpatient programs are coming from different places; for example, some people may have just completed residential treatment and are entering outpatient therapy as a follow-up, while other people may never have been to a residential rehab center but believe they can overcome their addiction with the help of outpatient counseling services.It’s your responsibility to consider your own addiction history and decide what type of program is best for you.
How Is Outpatient Drug-Free Treatment Defined?
Outpatient drug-free treatment means that an individual is being treated for their addiction without having to live in a rehab facility and without the use of drugs (or prescription medications) for therapy. They can return home at night and are often able to maintain commitments to work, family, and friends. Outpatient programs generally offer resources like support groups, individual counseling, and family counseling. (PsychCentral)
Now let’s get into the two main types of drug-free treatment:
Standard Outpatient Treatment
Standard outpatient treatment usually requires the individual to commit 1 to 2 evenings a week for 1 to 2 hours each night to a treatment program. This type of treatment is best suited to those who may have a lot of work and/or family commitments and who believe that they will be able to avoid the temptation to start using drugs when they are not in treatment.Read more: Outpatient Drug Rehab
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
As the name suggests, intensive outpatient treatment requires a greater time commitment. Patients can expect to be in treatment 4 to 5 days a week for 2 to 4 hours each day. This type of treatment is best suited to those who think they may need the extra support to stay clean.
What to Consider When Choosing Your Program
In addition to your own addiction history, there are several things that you should look for in outpatient treatment, regardless of whether it’s a standard or intensive program. You should make sure that the program has the appropriate licenses and official treatment credentials within your state and within their specialty, that the staff has appropriate credentials to provide professional drug-free treatment care, that the program has a reputation for its good quality of care, and that it offers follow-up services or additional resources, such as a support group.
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