Understanding Outpatient Drug Treatment: What You Need to Know
What Is Outpatient Drug Treatment?
Drug addiction is not easy, but treatment plans are available. Outpatient drug treatment is effective in helping patients get past their substance abuse issues.
Effectiveness of Outpatient Programs
Research shows that more intensive outpatient programs can be as effective as inpatient treatment. Outpatient programs also offer helpful services for co-occurring medical or mental health disorders.1
These results reveal similar outcomes between outpatient and inpatient programs. The study also shows a higher abstinence baseline with outpatient treatment than with inpatient.
Who Is Outpatient Drug Treatment Suited For?
- Cost: Outpatient drug treatment is less expensive than inpatient treatment. This makes it an affordable option if the patient has a limited budget.
- Home Situation: A stable home environment is crucial as outpatient programs do not include living at the facility. A negative home atmosphere, such as the prevalence of drug use or toxic roommates, will negate the progress made in outpatient rehab.
- Responsibilities: Some responsibilities and obligations can make inpatient care difficult. For example, a job, school, or individuals who require the patient’s care may prevent them from taking time off during recovery. In these situations, outpatient care will be a better option.
- Addiction Severity: An inpatient drug treatment program may be a better option for severe addiction cases, as it provides around-the-clock care, continuous withdrawal monitoring, and relapse prevention. But if inpatient care isn’t possible, outpatient care is a good alternative.
What Does a Typical Day in Outpatient Rehab Consist of?
- Check-In: Check in at the beginning of each day or evening session. Check-ins typically involve the patient recording their name, the date, the time they arrived, and how they are feeling.
- Group Therapy: Join a group therapy session led by a therapist. They will discuss and teach about addiction, mental health conditions, and treatment. For example, the therapist may open a discussion about the causes of drug abuse or coping mechanisms for cravings.
- Individual Therapy: Meet with a therapist to discuss symptoms, thoughts and emotions, treatment progress, daily struggles, concerns, and medication. They will provide skills to help cope and manage triggers, negative thoughts, and side effects. These sessions also act as a treatment plan overview, with the therapist requesting changes as needed.
- Other Activities: The patient may partake in other therapeutic activities during their treatment session. For example, they may take art classes, engage in yoga and meditation, or join local outings. Multiple studies have indicated that engaging in meditation during addiction treatment can improve addiction behavior and reduce depression, anxiety, and stress.3
How Can Outpatient Drug Treatment Set Patients Up for Success and Healing?
- Detox: The early stages of treatment focuses on detox. Detox is the process of eliminating unwanted substances from the body. The treatment team monitors withdrawal symptoms and offers support throughout the process to ensure safety and comfort. Detoxing provides a substance-free start to recovery, increasing successful outcomes.
- Convenient Setting: Outpatient treatment allows patients to overcome addiction without choosing between work, family, and recovery.
- Corrects Negative Thought Processes: Common outpatient treatments, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), can help patients identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors. One study found that integrating CBT in an intensive outpatient program effectively reduced symptoms of comorbid addiction and mental health disorders. It also led to increased satisfaction with participation in social roles.4
- Ongoing Care: After completing the initial treatment plan, outpatient programs provide aftercare. This includes ongoing therapy sessions, continued medication management, and recommendations for community resources like support groups. Aftercare aims to prevent relapse and ensure patients continue to live healthy and positive lives.
What Outpatient Drug Treatment Opportunities Do Essence Health & Wellness Offer?
- Sub-Acute Detox: Sub-acute detox includes the high-quality care of medical detox without the twenty-four-seven monitoring.
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): In a partial hospitalization program, patients will spend six to eight hours a day, up to five days a week, in treatment. PHPs are for more severe addictions. It can act as either a step down from inpatient treatment or the first step for those who cannot attend or do not necessarily need inpatient care.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): An intensive outpatient program can either be a follow-up to PHP or a standalone treatment. It involves undergoing sessions nine to twenty hours a week.
- Outpatient Drug Program: This final step of treatment can occur once a week or be integrated on an as-needed basis. General outpatient treatment programs are the least intensive.
Therapies at Essence Health & Wellness
We have opportunities for over twenty-five therapies to fit each patient’s needs and interests, such as:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Experiential therapy
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- Motivational interviewing (MI)
- Nutritional support & counseling
- Psychoeducational groups
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
Our well-trained staff has the experience and knowledge to help patients past their drug addictions so they can begin enjoying life again. We develop customized programs to ensure patients benefit from a treatment plan best suited to their needs.
Reach Out Today and Begin Healing
Don’t let drugs and alcohol take over your life. Contact Essence Health & Wellness today. Our outpatient drug treatment will help you move on to enjoy the health and happiness you deserve.