If you’ve made the decision to get the treatment you need and finally attend rehab it’s important you go to the right kind of treatment program. There are a variety of rehab options available for those seeking relief from their drug and alcohol addictions.
But, how do you choose the right drug and alcohol treatment program that’s going to lead to a successful recovery? How do you determine which one will fit your lifestyle and addiction best? For some, outpatient rehab is an ideal program.
However, this style of rehab isn’t effective for every kind of addiction. Below we cover what outpatient rehab actually is, how it differs from inpatient treatment, and the overall effectiveness of outpatient treatment.
What is Outpatient Rehab?
Outpatient rehab is a form of treatment where you will go to a treatment center during the day and return to your home, or a sober living facility at night. Depending upon the extent of your outpatient rehab, sometimes this treatment will take place in a hospital-like setting.
Outpatient rehab usually includes counseling, whether group or individual, and support for overcoming your addiction. Outpatient care usually ranges from one to three months depending on the severity of the addiction.
Outpatient treatment is usually shorter than inpatient treatment, as those who end up choosing outpatient rehab are at less of a risk of relapse than those who require inpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment is also commonly offered to those who have already completed inpatient treatment, or an intensive detox.
What to Expect in Outpatient Rehab
In an outpatient drug rehab program, patients are allowed to live at home and undergo rehabilitation during the day. Because outpatient rehab doesn’t provide the same care around the clock that inpatient treatment does, patients must have access to a stable, drug-free living environment and a strong support system. You must be able to find peace and support in your current living situation to succeed in outpatient treatment.
You will have access to medical supervision, one-on-one counseling as well as regular group therapy sessions. You are invited to enjoy the tranquility of our beautiful facility whenever you’re not in session.
Outpatient Addiction Treatment Levels
There are multiple levels of treatment for outpatient alcohol rehab and outpatient drug rehab at The Recovery Village Ridgefield. Our addiction specialists can assess your situation to determine which program is best for you.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Our IOP consists of at least nine hours of rehabilitation each week. Patients enrolled in the intensive outpatient program participate in many of the activities that our residential patients participate in, but they are able to sleep in their own beds at night. Some clients may continue to live in a sober living environment if a supportive home is not available.
The therapies we offer include:
- 12-Step Program – One of the main benefits of 12-Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous is the sense of community. We use the 12 Steps as a tool in our rehabilitation curriculum. We offer 12-Step meetings that allow you to connect with your peers, share your experiences and strength with others and hear stories of recovery.
- Evidence-Based Therapy – Evidence-based healing modalities are used in our program like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
- Medication Management – All patients will receive treatment from a psychiatrist who can help to determine whether or not pharmaceutical support is right for you. Closely monitored medication can also be helpful for patients who suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Recreation Therapy – We employ a holistic approach to addiction treatment. We recognize the power that fun has in recovery, and we offer activities like yoga classes and even laser tag. With recreational therapy, patients learn to enjoy activities without substances.
Outpatient vs. Inpatient Treatment
Outpatient rehab programs offer more freedom and flexibility than inpatient treatment and other rehab programs. The main selling point of outpatient programs is they allow those seeking treatment to maintain their previous commitments to work, school, and family.
This allows patients to maintain a greater level of anonymity and privacy, as they won’t have to give up day-to-day activities for an extended stay at a treatment center. Generally, this kind of treatment is best suited for those who haven’t been battling their addiction for years.
Inpatient treatment programs demand a full-time commitment and often cost a lot more as a result. However, they’re more equipped to handle addictions that are more severe and further along, and can help to reduce your risk of relapse due to significantly reduced temptation and general methodology.
Is Outpatient Addiction Treatment Right for You?
If you simply can’t afford inpatient treatment, due to time or financial constraints, then outpatient treatment can still be a great choice for your needs. However, to reduce your chances of relapse you’ll need to have a few things in place first.
- No History of Relapse or Addiction. Outpatient rehab is less effective for those who have a history of relapse or addiction. Residential treatment for these individuals will be a better choice, due to the lack of exposure to drugs and alcohol throughout the duration of the treatment, as well as access to a full-time support staff.
- A Healthy Home Environment. Having a healthy and supportive home environment or living situation is paramount for a successful recovery. Since you won’t be living full-time at the facility it’s paramount that you’re spending the rest of your time in a setting that supports your sobriety.
- Personal Health and Support. Your personal health might be at such a poor level, that you won’t be able to make it through recovery without the help of medical staff. If you’re too far along in your addiction and the detox phase demands medical assistance, then you’re better off finding an inpatient treatment center to meet your needs.
If your health can support the initial detox, or you’ve already gone through an intensive detox, then outpatient treatment may be effective in getting you through the initial withdrawal symptoms and onward towards sobriety.
Outpatient Treatment in Washington and Oregon
If you are suffering from a substance use disorder, there has never been a better time to seek help. Your life is worth saving. We understand what you are going through at The Recovery Village Ridgefield. Many of us are in recovery ourselves. Because our program was built by people in recovery, we offer compassion and understanding that isn’t always found in other treatment centers.
Convenient to Seattle and Portland, The Recovery Village Ridgefield is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest. We offer many treatment programs for both men and women aged 18 and over.
Whether you are seeking treatment for the first time or you are seeking treatment after a relapse, we are here for you. Reach out to us today. Give us a call and have a confidential conversation with one of our compassionate addiction specialists.
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