doctor_02Approximately 23.5 million people needed help for a substance abuse problem in 2009, and only 11.2 percent actually got it, per the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Addiction has claimed the lives of far too many over the years, and the lack of many seeking treatment continues to be a serious precursor to such a fate. The symptoms of addiction include:

  • You have a tolerance to drugs or alcohol.
  • You use to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  • You have a preoccupation with using.
  • You can’t control how much or how often you use.
  • You keep using even though it’s hurting you.
  • You don’t do things you once enjoyed doing because all your focus is on drugs or alcohol.

What Is Outpatient Treatment?

Outpatient treatment includes many of the same services that inpatient care does. Inpatient treatment requires that the patient stay on site and live there for the duration of treatment, whereas outpatient treatment gives the patient more freedom to come to the facility for treatment on a regular basis and then return home to their family or other life obligations. Of all ambulatory treatment admissions in 2012, 56 percent were admitted to outpatient care, per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Those in outpatient care often have jobs, parents, kids, spouses, and other responsibilities that they can’t leave for an extended period of time to seek inpatient care. In group therapy sessions, you’ll be able to share your stresses with other patients and learn from their struggles and victories. Individual therapy is a common component of outpatient treatment too. A common form of therapy used to treat addict patients is cognitive behavioral therapy, a method that focuses on changing thought and behavior patterns.

Who Is Best Suited for Outpatient Care?

Outpatient care is best for those who don’t need round-the-clock supervision. Since inpatient treatment offers more intensive support and supervision, it is recommended for those with longstanding or severe addictions. If you have a strong support system at home, or you have a short-term addiction issue, outpatient treatment may suffice.

Outpatient treatment allows the patient to continue functioning in daily life. The addict doesn’t have to give up their career or opt of our family time or responsibilities at home just because they need to attend treatment. They can attend treatment during set periods, either daily or several times a week, and then maintain the rest of their life outside of treatment.

Many people choose outpatient treatment for cost reasons. Since outpatient care often features fewer amenities and program options, and room and board are not included, the cost of care is generally much lower than the cost of inpatient or residential treatment.

Patients presenting with both substance abuse problems and mental health disorders are recognized as suffering from a comorbid condition. Conjunctive treatment for both is vital for success in remaining drug- and alcohol-free. While inpatient care is often recommended for those suffering from co-occurring disorders, such issues can often be addressed in outpatient treatment. It’s important to assess the specific situation and prescribe a treatment plan on a case-by-case basis.

Get the Help You Need

If you find yourself struggling with substance abuse, it may be time to reach out for help. Remember that recovery is just the beginning of a better life. Call us today, and we can help you take the first step on that journey.

Is Outpatient Treatment Right for You? was last modified: November 1st, 2016 by The Recovery Village