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Outpatient treatment is an excellent addiction treatment option for you if you do not need intensive care and can maintain relative stability during drug and alcohol rehabilitation. With scalable options ranging from regular interval therapy to intensive outpatient services and partial hospitalization programs, outpatient drug treatment programs offer a variety of choices for those who want to overcome addiction.
In outpatient treatment, you can benefit from psychotherapy, psychiatric services and medical care, usually on a scheduled basis. On the spectrum of treatment settings that ranges from a rigid structure to flexible autonomy, outpatient alcohol and drug treatment are geared toward the latter.
Outpatient addiction treatment requires you to handle considerable responsibility for managing your substance use disorder and daily life, so carefully consider your decision to utilize outpatient treatment. As always, seek an evaluation from a medical, mental health or substance abuse professional to assess and determine the level of care that fits best.
While The Recovery Village offers inpatient treatment for those in need of these services, a large percentage of addiction treatment occurs on an outpatient basis. If you have been considering treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, outpatient drug rehab may be a viable option. So, what is outpatient rehab, and is it right for you?
This mode of treatment has scheduled visits with treatment providers rather than providing immediate access to them and has the most autonomy, flexibility and convenience of all the treatment types, as well as the lowest cost. In outpatient rehab, you live at home and come to treatment offices as previously scheduled. This means that while you are in outpatient treatment, you’ll have considerable independence and will be subject to the typical rigors and stresses of daily life.
Depending on the type of services you need, outpatient rehabilitation can last one week, several months or even years. Intensive outpatient services are usually designed to last for at least one month. Outpatient services requiring multiple contacts per week often last for three to nine months. Continuing care often lasts for months or years, as recovery is a lifelong process.
The structure of outpatient drug treatment differs considerably from inpatient treatment. Whereas inpatient treatment offers care around the clock, outpatient treatment is available for a defined amount of hours and on specific days during the week. Outpatient treatment is usually directed to those with mild to moderate symptoms of addiction or to those whose severe symptoms have been stabilized by rigorous treatment. While it is possible to perform outpatient detoxification when withdrawal symptoms are mild to moderate, outpatient treatment typically does not include detoxification.
If you have decided to seek treatment, several factors can determine the appropriate level of care for you. You are most likely to be a good candidate for outpatient treatment if:
It is recommended that you work with a clinical team or another medical professional to decide if outpatient treatment is the correct choice as a level of treatment for your needs.
The primary components of outpatient addiction treatment include individual, group and family therapy, access to medical care, mental health counseling, and medication-assisted treatment with medications like Suboxone and naltrexone, if necessary.
Outpatient treatments are, on the spectrum of available treatments, the most affordable and independent options. However, even within the broad term “outpatient drug treatment,” there is a spectrum of intensity.
When considering the appropriate level of intervention for drug and alcohol treatment, the advantages of one treatment approach must be considered along with a patient’s needs, desires, resources and the likelihood of success. Among the benefits of outpatient treatment are:
Since acute medical care is usually not needed in the outpatient setting, the cost of outpatient rehabilitation is significantly lower than inpatient hospitalization or residential treatment per day, but the total length of outpatient care is generally much longer than inpatient. The specific cost of outpatient rehabilitation depends on the level of service you need. As a rule, the more programming and hours offered in treatment activities, the more expensive a treatment program will be.
Fortunately, the number of insurance plans covering the cost of substance use disorder treatment has risen in the last ten years, and so has the amount of treatment those plans are willing to cover.
People who opt to pay for an outpatient treatment independently can usually expect to pay somewhere between $1,000 to $10,000 for the program, depending on the level of treatment and services. Individual therapy sessions can range on average from $50 to $150.
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