Outpatient Drug Rehab

An outpatient rehabilitation facility can be very beneficial for individuals with a mild substance abuse problem who are serious about getting sober. They allow the freedom to continue working and caring for family while in recovery.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment

A severe addiction to certain substances, such as heroin or oxycodone, is typically best treated in an inpatient residential program to help manage detoxification and withdrawal. However, a mild substance abuse problem caught in the early phases can often be successfully treated in an outpatient rehab program.

Outpatient rehabilitation is an ideal option for people who are motivated to stop using substances. However, they require the flexibility of a program that will work around the individual’s daily lives.

What is Outpatient Rehab?

An outpatient rehabilitation program offers drug and alcohol treatment sessions that can be scheduled at various times throughout the week. This schedule permits patients to continue with their regular responsibilities and continue living at home. They are required to check into treatment at their allotted times for counseling and medication.

Outpatient programs come in a variety of formats with different levels of intensity and offer an array of services to meet the needs of the individual. However, the general focus is on counseling, education, and providing a network of support.

“Treatment was a blessing. To be able to actually look at why I used rather than figuring out how [to use] on a daily basis taught me about who I am.” – Jordan, recovering addict

Individuals with a strong will to succeed in recovery and who have a committed, disciplined approach may benefit from an outpatient treatment program.

Types of Outpatient Rehab

There are different types of outpatient rehab based on things like the substance abused or the individual’s severity of addiction and stage of recovery.

The general types of outpatient rehab fall into the following three categories:

  • Day Programs – Outpatient day programs have the highest level of care and structure provided within an outpatient treatment setting. In a day program, clients commit to meeting five to seven days per week at the facility for multiple hours each day. During this time, patients will participate in an array of therapy.

Patients may return home after each session, either to their families or a sober living home. Day programs require a considerable time commitment, which can limit an individual’s availability to work or go to school until the program is finished.


  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) – Intensive outpatient programs establish a treatment plan with defined, measurable milestones to indicate progress. As these milestones are met, the time commitment required per week decreases.


The IOP is a good option for those serious about abstaining from drugs and alcohol, but that still need to be able to perform daily responsibilities. An IOP may require multiple sessions for a few hours each week to conduct counseling sessions, group therapy, relapse prevention education, and attendance in a 12-step or similar recovery support group.

  • Continuing Care – Continuing care groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous are ongoing support resources to help an individual solidify their commitment to sobriety. The groups are generally facilitated by a licensed therapist and meet weekly. Some continuing care groups may be gender-specific or age-specific. Others may focus on a particular aspect of recovery.

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Benefits of Outpatient Rehab

For mild to moderate addictions, outpatient rehabilitation is usually an ideal treatment choice. These programs are more accessible and flexible than an inpatient program.

Some of the biggest reasons to consider outpatient rehab include:

  • Affordability. Because you’re able to live at home during outpatient treatment, you don’t have to pay the costs of lodging at an inpatient facility. This makes it more affordable than inpatient care.
  • Flexibility. Outpatient programs will usually be able work around your schedule. This is beneficial for those who feel like they can’t leave their job or family for an extended period of time.
  • Access to family. Throughout the outpatient rehabilitation program, family involvement and support is emphasized. Loved ones will be able to encourage you to stay on the path to sobriety.

Finding The Best Rehab For You

The decision of which type of treatment program would be best for an individual is a difficult one to make. Whether it is an outpatient rehabilitation program or an alternative form of treatment, it’s important to take the first step toward getting help.

If you or someone you love needs help determining what type of treatment program would be best for them, please contact us now.