6 Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Programs
If you’ve come to terms with the fact that you’re struggle with a dependency – whether it’s alcohol, opiates, or another substance – and want to get clean, you will need to decide if you are going to commit to an inpatient or outpatient program. As the name suggests, an inpatient recovery program involves physically staying in a facility during the early stages of recovery. There are tremendous benefits to inpatient programs, but they are often not feasible for those who can’t meet the commitment required.
Here are the top 6 benefits of intensive outpatient services:
1. Maintain the ability to support your family
An outpatient program gives you the flexibility to maintain your household responsibilities while going through the phases of recovery. Many patients have young children that require continued supervision and care. Other patients may have a spouse that works and aren’t able to schedule or pay for a full-time nanny. Outpatient programs offer freedom and flexibility, when needed.
2. Get help from your close family and friends
Isolation is one of the largest threats to overcoming an addiction. In an inpatient program, our goal is that you experience community by meeting new people with the same struggle. Though if you don’t require inpatient services and have a strong network of family and friends who want to see you sober, an outpatient program might be an appropriate option.
3. Keep your privacy
A huge roadblock in addiction recovery is embarrassment and shame. Many people struggle with admitting to themselves that they have a problem. Moments of embarrassment can prevent potential patients from entering into recovery. Our trained and professional staff are committed to your privacy and work with discretion. Your recovery community, those who are going through an outpatient program as well, can help you find confidence and feel safe while going through recovery at your own pace.
4. Pay less money
The cost of outpatient recovery is significantly less expensive than inpatient recovery. This is often the primary reason that people choose outpatient programs. If you simply can’t afford inpatient, many people find an intensive outpatient program to be more feasible. The total cost of an outpatient program will likely cost under $10,000, while an inpatient program can cost up to $40,000.
5. Build community with others in recovery in your area
One of the keys to maintaining sobriety is having a strong community of peers in recovery. You can find a deep sense of family that fully understands what you are going through. With an outpatient program, you can begin to develop this community from day one and they will still be there years down the road. This is invaluable for your long-term sobriety.
6. Keep your presence at school or work
Many people can’t simply uproot their lives and suspend school or work for weeks in order to go through recovery. Intensive outpatient services will give you the flexibility to maintain your work or school schedule. While you may need to take some time off during the most intense periods of withdrawal, you will most likely be able to continue with your responsibilities. Additionally, work or school can provide a necessary and healthy outlet during the intense work of recovery.
- Visit our article about the pros and cons of outpatient vs. inpatient.
- See this in-depth research about outpatient programs.
- Personal testimonial of a rehab experience that explores the pros and cons of outpatient and inpatient.
You can also contact us directly and we will be happy to guide you through your decision-making process.