Outpatient Drug Rehabilitation
Outpatient drug rehabilitation programs provide counseling, therapy and other outpatient services during the day or early evening hours of operation but return home at night to continue working on their recovery goals on their own. This type of drug rehabilitation program is reserved primarily for those who either have already completed an inpatient program or for those whose addictions are not severe enough to warrant the need for around-the-clock care such as is provided at an inpatient facility. Throughout outpatient drug rehabilitation the focus is primarily the same as that in an inpatient facility which is on counseling, therapy and treatment for the psychological issues that surround addiction.
What to Expect at Outpatient Drug Rehabilitation
When you enter an outpatient drug rehabilitation program you can expect to receive much of the same type of counseling and therapy that you would in an inpatient facility but the restrictions are minimal compared to inpatient treatment. You can return home at the end of the day or following your scheduled counseling session and you are free to do what you want provided you abstain from using drugs or alcohol. Many outpatient drug rehab centers will do random drug or alcohol testing to ensure that patients are staying on the right track toward their treatment and recovery goals but aside from this, there is little monitoring or supervision provided.
You can’t expect to be 100% healed just because you take part in an outpatient drug rehab program. It takes effort on your part and for some people, this type of rehabilitation is too lax and does not provide enough monitoring to ensure successful recovery. Additionally, those who have addictions that are very physically intense, outpatient rehab may not be the ideal choice until a qualified detox program and an inpatient program is first completed. It’s important to recognize that outpatient rehab is far less intense and may not be suitable for everyone.
Who Can Benefit from Outpatient Rehab
Many people can find great benefits in attending an effective outpatient rehab program. Those who are most likely to succeed at outpatient rehabilitation include those who have a strong support system at home, those who have significant ties to the community and to family, those who have already successfully completed an inpatient rehabilitation program and those who have only minimally physical addictions or whose addictions have not yet spiraled out of control.
If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol and needs help, consider outpatient treatment if you know that your addiction is not out of control, if you cannot otherwise get help because you can’t leave your family such as when you have small children, or if you have already completed inpatient treatment. Outpatient rehab centers are ready to assist you in making the next step in the right direction and ultimately attaining full recovery.