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OUTPATIENT DRUG REHAB

Outpatient: A patient who attends the facility each day for treatment while still living at home.

Although inpatient rehab is widely acknowledged as offering better chances for long-term sobriety, many people have achieve great success with outpatient drug rehab

outpatient rehab is often all that is available or practical

Outpatient rehab -- where you don’t live in the facility for treatment, but come for treatment, usually on a daily basis -- is often the only option available to some people, because of these reasons:

  • Outpatient rehab programs cost substantially less than inpatient rehab programs

  • Outpatient drug rehab does not require you to be away from home and work for many weeks.

A wide variety of methods and intensity levels are employed in outpatient rehab programs. But common to all are:

  • Individual therapy sessions

  • Group sessions

  • Educational classes aimed at improving life skills

  • Other approaches to achieving a greater understanding of the problems that led to addiction, and how to overcome those problems.

What Does Outpatient Rehab Offer?

Like most residential inpatient rehab programs, outpatient programs include individual therapy aimed at finding the root problems that caused the patient to turn to alcohol or drugs. From there, the aim is to eliminate the problems if possible, and to transition to a new, non-harmful and productive way of dealing with problems.

Additionally, some aspects of outpatient rehab programs are structured to better deal with the substance being abused and the severity and length of time of the addiction. For example, a long-term alcohol addiction would be approached differently than a shorter-term opiate addiction.

Most outpatient rehab programs also offer:

  • Some form of behavioral counseling

  • Screening for, and help with, concurrent mental health problems

  • Educational classes on drugs their effects

  • Improved problem-solving and communication skills

  • Job search help if needed.

After the program concludes, outpatient rehab programs usually offer

  • Continuing assistance with enrollment in various support groups

  • Long-term monitoring of and help with maintaining sobriety.

Are You A Good Candidate For Outpatient Rehab?

The treatment offered by some outpatient rehab settings can be as intense and effective as inpatient programs. But the chances for success depend on several crucial factors:

  • Outpatient rehab demands full, personal commitment to make the drug rehab program succeed

  • Strong personal support from family, friends and workmates is essential to outpatient rehab

  • Severe, long-term addictions usually respond better to long-term inpatient rehab

  • Distracting life problems -- in addition to the addiction itself -- can sabotage the workability of outpatient rehab:

    • Financial pressures can be more than distracting, they can interrupt and prevent attendance at an outpatient program

    • Environmental pressures -- people, places, habits and routines -- that have contributed to one’s addiction in the past, can be encountered while away from the outpatient facility

Outpatient Rehab After Inpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehab services are often recommended for people who have completed a residential inpatient rehab program, which can help them transition into their new life without drugs or alcohol. Continuing outpatient support is sometimes offered by the inpatient facility, but might be offered by another nearby outpatient rehab facility associated with the inpatient program.

However you use outpatient services, the goal is a life without drugs or alcohol, and outpatient rehab can help that become a reality.

NOTE: Drug rehab always comes after drug detox. Choose the right kind of drug detox program to help make sure that you, or the person you are helping, has the most successful drug rehab .

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