Outpatient Rehab

How Does Outpatient Rehab Work?

Outpatient Rehab Beneficial for Continuing Recovery

Many people are honestly surprised to realize a seemingly innocent experimentation with club drugs or drinking games has resulted in a substance use disorder.  

Unfortunately, any genetic predisposition one may have to addiction isn’t known until a certain amount of drug or alcohol use has occurred.  Before long, increased tolerance has ratcheted up the dosage needs and dependency results. If you are fortunate enough to have caught this dangerous trajectory toward addiction in its early stages an outpatient rehab program may be the perfect treatment option.  Outpatient rehab is often the appropriate level of care for a newly developed drug or alcohol problem, providing quality addiction treatment with minimal intrusion into your work or academic responsibilities.

What is Outpatient Addiction Rehab?

Outpatient rehab programs offer an alternative to inpatient or residential addiction programs.  Outpatient treatment provides clients with various levels of care dictated by the severity and substance of abuse.  Where an inpatient program requires that the client reside on campus, the outpatient program allows the client to commute to the outpatient facility a few hours to several hours per week for ongoing counseling and treatment.

Outpatient rehab services range in intensity.  All outpatient rehab programs offer group and individual therapy, as well as adjunct activities such as art, music, or dance therapies for example.  For the more entrenched substance use disorders an individual program with measurable milestones—called an intensive outpatient program (IOP)—can be designed for the individual, providing ongoing therapy and support several days a week.  Outpatient programs also offer continuing relapse prevention education and fellowship opportunities such as 12-step programs.  

Benefits of Outpatient Rehab

Few people have the luxury of putting their lives on hold for a month or longer to enter an inpatient rehab program.  Most people have obligations that, if not met, would result in a major life disruption, such as work, family, and school responsibilities.  Outpatient rehab allows the client to remain in a supportive and familiar home environment while receiving care, minimizing disruptions in normal routines.  In addition, the costs of outpatient care are substantially lower than residential treatment.

An outpatient program does require that a specified number of hours be spent in the program, anything from 6 hours up to 25 hours per week depending on the needs of the patient.  There is no way around the fact that getting sober and learning to live a life free of drugs and alcohol is a time-consuming process that requires a commitment.  

Most employers will allow for an employee to adjust their schedule while they are receiving outpatient treatment.  For those attending college, communicating your need for outpatient treatment during certain class times to each professor will likely result in online options that minimize the impact on grades.  

A recent study published at Psychiatry Online shows ample evidence of the efficacy of IOPs when compared to inpatient treatment programs, demonstrating that they are just as effective.  The study concludes that the IOP offers treatment that is as effective as inpatient care for addiction.  For addicts with severe levels of drug or alcohol dependency who first attend an inpatient program, an IOP is an effective step-down option that helps reduce the risk of relapse by providing ongoing aftercare.  

Phoenix Rising Behavioral Health Care Outpatient Rehab

Phoenix Rising is a drug and alcohol outpatient rehab located in South Orange County, California.  Specializing in IOP for substance use and dual diagnosis disorders, Phoenix Rising has designed a curriculum that revolves around the 12-step program and a focus on addiction as pseudo-attachment.  The expert therapists utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI) within a safe and supportive environment.  In addition, Phoenix Rising offers sober living resources and a long-term aftercare program.  For more information contact us today at (877) 298-6378.

Phoenix Rising Serves Local Clients for Outpatient Rehab

Phoenix Rising is located in Orange County in the city of Ladera Ranch, CA. Ladera Ranch is located nearby San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Anaheim Hills, Orange, and many other O.C. Cities.

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  1. Bernard Clyde
    Bernard Clyde says:

    It’s good to know that outpatient care offers patients care with minimal disruptions. Depending on the personality of the individual and their current circumstances, this may be the best option to go with in order for them to accept getting care in the first place. At any rate, I think it’s wise to consider how outpatient care has the ability to help people become healthier while helping them maintain good morale since they are in a comfortable environment.

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