Outpatient Treatment

What is outpatient rehab?

Outpatient treatment for addiction provides therapeutic programs and addiction treatment in an office-based setting. Some outpatient programs are intensive, offering individual and group therapy several days a week, while others offer less intensive treatment.

  • Outpatient treatment may include group, individual, or family therapy once or twice a week
  • Some programs offer additional services including medication and case management
  • Those who cannot afford inpatient rehab can also benefit from outpatient treatment

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    Outpatient treatment for addiction

    Those in the mild to moderate stages of a substance abuse problem may be able to get the help they need from outpatient treatment or an outpatient rehab program. Others with more severe addictions may opt for inpatient rehab or even medical detox and then transition to an outpatient treatment centre after discharge or an intensive outpatient programme. 

    A formal assessment with a licensed addiction specialist, counsellor, or doctor can often help you determine which option is best for you.

    An addiction counsellor will work with someone throughout addiction treatment services. Their role is to offer unbiased support, explore emotions and issues related to addiction, and create individual plans for treatment and aftercare, either through one-to-one or group sessions.

    Types of outpatient rehab

    There are different types of outpatient drug treatment that are available depending on the level of addiction, dependency, or substance abuse, as well as the type of substance that has been abused.

    PHP is the most intense form of outpatient treatment

    Often classed as the most intense form of outpatient care, PHP requires patients to attend treatment for up to ten hours a day, most if not all days of the week while living at home.

    This outpatient treatment program is beneficial for those who cannot commit to inpatient care, like those with young children, but who still require a high level of care and support with their recovery.

    Popular with those suffering from mild to moderate addiction

    The step down from partial hospitalisation programs (often used by PHP patients as the next step).

    IOP requires patients to attend day treatment for three hours a day, often for five days a week but declining in frequency as recovery improves.

    The prefered option for those with mild substance use disorders

    Standard outpatient treatment usually only requires attendance one to two times a week and usually involves meeting with a counsellor for individual, group or family therapy sessions.

    This substance abuse treatment can vary in intensity and duration but is often used for those who need less support with addiction.

    Outpatient treatment doesn't have to be done alone

    Group therapy

    There are a range of group therapies that can be performed outside of inpatient rehab that offer support from others with substance use disorders. These group treatments are sometimes arranged via the NHS as well as other charitable organisations.

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

    AA meetings provide a space for those recovering from alcoholism to discuss their experiences of addiction and recovery with similar individuals as well as utilise the 12-step method.

    Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

    Modelled after the AA, NA support groups offer safe environments for those recovering and in long-term drug addiction treatment.

    SMART Recovery

    SMART recovery encompasses a 4-point program for recovering addicts, with stages that can be completed in any order.
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