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If you are looking for addiction treatment for either yourself or a loved one, you may be wondering whether outpatient drug treatment would be the right way to go.

Outpatient drug treatment programs are different from residential addiction treatment in that you do not live in an inpatient drug rehab facility. Typically, it should be one of the final stages of treatment in the drug or alcohol recovery process, allowing the recovering patient to continue to work and reside at home or in a special sober living residence.

When you make a toll-free call to our compassionate team at 1 (877) 968-6283, a dedicated addiction specialist will work closely with you to determine whether you or your loved one will benefit most from inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment.

What Happens During Outpatient Drug Treatment Programs?

Outpatient drug treatment consists of day and/or night group sessions which can take place over a few weeks or months, with hours varying according to the recovery program. For example, most facilities require attending at least three sessions per week. You may or may not be assigned a treatment specialist. Outpatient programs are most often voluntary, though occasionally, they are court-ordered.

While outpatient substance abuse treatment occurs in regularly scheduled counseling sessions, usually totaling fewer than nine hours per week, intensive outpatient (IOP) plans will consist of scheduled day or evening sessions within a structured program. The IOP drug treatment program usually consists of a minimum of nine treatment hours per week, including individual therapy, weekly group therapy or a combination of the two. You will also participate in self-help support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Sessions include substance abuse withdrawal management, group therapy, relapse prevention training, individual counseling, family counseling and pharmacotherapy.

IOP should not be described solely by the number of hours per week spent in sessions. Because of the variety of recovery treatment services that are provided, the contact hours at IOP programs may range from a minimum of about nine hours to 70 or more hours per week. Further, minimal requirements for IOP may vary by state law or regulation.

Since IOP provides a structured therapeutic environment combined with living at home or in a supportive sober residence, addicted persons have the opportunity to interact with the real world while benefiting from a controlled program designed specifically for them.

How to Get the Addiction Support You Need

IOP support groups help addicted clients develop communication skills and participate in socialization experiences, which is particularly useful for those whose socializing has revolved around using addictive drugs and/or alcohol. These groups advance individual drug recovery by providing a venue for group leaders to transmit new information, teach new skills and guide clients as they practice new behaviors. In addition, group members who are further along in recovery can help newer members on their road to sobriety.

Many addicted people find outpatient treatment extremely helpful in the first few weeks following residential drug rehab as such treatment is less supervised but still provides the structure those in addiction recovery need. These programs assist patients in preparing for reentry into the world as sober individuals.

We will help you decide if you or your loved one will benefit more from inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment. We’ll then find a rehab program that works for you or other long term recovery options, such as a sober companion.

Now that you have a better understanding regarding outpatient drug treatment, it’s time to make that call and begin the journey of recovery. Call us toll-free now at 1 (877) 968-6283 to get started. We’re here to help and we will never charge you a fee.