Outpatient addiction treatment level of care
A continuum of care for substance abuse has been repeatedly documented to improve recovery, when intensive and structured early treatment is balanced by more independent outpatient therapy. This is true for addictions of all kinds, not just drugs and alcohol.
Ongoing evaluation and assessment by professional clinicians will ensure the correct initial placement in the most appropriate level of care. Levels of care for someone with a drug or alcohol addiction, or with an eating disorder issue, ultimately means that the right intensity of professional clinical care and supervision is provided at the most appropriate time.
Our Umatilla, Florida outpatient center offers outpatient addiction treatment (OP) as well as intensive outpatient (IOP). Clients who require OP or IOP treatment may or may not be transitioning from a higher level of care, depending on their individual addiction history.
Understanding outpatient drug treatment
A continuum of care is much like a progressive safety net, and by attending outpatient addiction treatment after residential treatment, clients are able to go back to school or work, utilizing their new substance-free skills. Outpatient treatment helps clients process their successes, and explore their continued concerns and fears.
Outpatient treatment at The Recovery Village includes:
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy
- Psychiatric care for those with anxiety, depression, and other co-occurring disorders
- Nutritional counseling
If necessary, we also offer five levels of on-site care at our main campus. These levels of care include:
- Detox — Comfortably ridding the body of toxins and drugs, as a first step to active treatment
- Intensive inpatient — For patients with an eating disorder, prior to beginning active treatment
- Residential treatment — Supervised inpatient therapy for both addiction and eating disorders, in a structured, homelike 24-hour care setting
- Partial hospitalization program — Less structured and intensive, for those who have completed residential care or have a healthy local support system
- Intensive outpatient — For clients who are able and willing to continue their recovery, but require ongoing treatment and support most days of the week
Outpatient addiction treatment for non-local clients
Clients who successfully complete residential care at The Recovery Village will transition in a careful and guided manner through the next appropriate level of care. When clients who live out of state or in distant parts of Florida are secure enough in their recovery to return home, options for outpatient drug treatment will be discussed. Our highly experienced case managers work closely with each client, making sure that ongoing outpatient support is in place prior to leaving The Recovery Village.
If you have any questions about the outpatient addiction treatment and other levels of care, we encourage you to contact us for more information.
Perks of outpatient care
For those with milder addictions, or addictions that haven’t been in play for very long, an outpatient treatment regimen may be a sufficient form of care. In fact, there are many benefits to outpatient therapy. For starters, one of the most important factors people consider when thinking about substance abuse treatment is how they will manage to go away for such a long period of time. We understand that not everyone has the luxury of admitting themselves for an extended stay at our facility, and we work hard to accommodate your needs with treatment programs of vary lengths and varieties.
Outpatient treatment will often allow you keep your job. Many individuals who participate in outpatient care are able to maintain their job responsibilities while in treatment. In addition, while participating in outpatient treatment, you can still take care of your home and tend to your family’s needs, too.
Outpatient treatment also has the ability to effectively treat patients suffering from mental illness — something many recovering addicts will only come to discover during treatment. Round-the-clock treatment isn’t always needed to address mental health issues. Oftentimes, medication and specific therapeutic techniques can be prescribed to treat the disorder in conjunction with treating the patient’s addiction. It is, however, important that both the mental health issue and the addiction are treated at the same time, by the same treatment team.
SAMHSA cites an average of 7.5 million children were living with a parent who had suffered from an alcohol use disorder in 2012. Many alcoholics may put off getting help because they can’t leave their children while they receive treatment. Outpatient care relieves the worries of many so they may get the help they need while still being present in the lives of their children.
As an outpatient, you’ll visit the treatment facility regularly — for some patients, even daily — but you won’t stay the night. If your drug or alcohol problem is fairly mild, you might only need weekly appointments to meet with a therapist. Those with more intense or deeply rooted addictions may need daily sessions; however, in outpatient treatment, they still don’t need to be at the facility full-time.
Another perk is that outpatient care generally costs less than comparable inpatient treatment. So those on a budget might find this treatment method to be ideal for their situation.
Like many inpatient programs, outpatient therapy often features family therapy. It’s important that your family is prepared for the changes you’re trying to make in your life, and it’s just as vital that you show your loved ones how committed you are. The University of Pennsylvania reports that relapse rates among addicts range from 40 to 80 percent. The chance of you being part of that demographic is far lower when you have a solid support system backing you up.
Outpatient treatment affords the patient with more flexibility and privacy, as they aren’t required to explain their absence to employers, friends, neighbors, and others the way someone would when being admitted to inpatient treatment. Many facilities will strongly encourage those being treated on an outpatient basis to get involved with support structures outside of the treatment facility, like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous.
Considerations with outpatient care
While outpatient treatment can be effective for many individuals, it isn’t right for everyone. If you suffer from a long-term or severe addiction, you are best treated in an inpatient program that offers 24/7 medical detox supervision and support. If you have attempted rehabilitation before and been unsuccessful, it is also recommended that you seek care in an inpatient facility.
You should also assess the level of support you have at home. If your home environment is not supportive of your recovery, you may be best served in a residential treatment program. Those with complex co-occurring issues are also best treated in an inpatient program that is equipped to deal with all issues that are present.