Outpatient treatment is not typically recommended for people with severe drug and alcohol addictions. It is better suited for people who have completed an inpatient program. Before someone begins an outpatient rehab program, they may need to detox from drugs or alcohol, depending on the severity of their addiction.

Outpatient rehab allows people to benefit from medical and clinical treatment but still maintain their regular responsibilities, like work or school.

Commonly Asked Questions About Outpatient Rehab

To decide if outpatient rehab could work for you or a loved one struggling with addiction, read through these frequently asked questions about this level of care.

  • How much does outpatient rehab cost?

    Because an outpatient program only requires you to commute to the facility several days a week for a short period, the cost could be significantly lower than other programs. You’ll need to pay for your therapy and any medications you may be prescribed at the facility. Some free outpatient programs do exist. However, you could expect to pay a few thousand dollars, depending on your program.

  • Does insurance cover outpatient rehab?

    Your insurance coverage for addiction treatment can vary depending on your insurance company and policy. Use The Recovery Village’s calculator to determine the possible cost of rehab with insurance coverage.

  • Can outpatient treatment address co-occurring disorders?

    Yes, depending on the facility you decide to attend. When seeking a treatment facility, ask whether they offer dual-diagnosis treatment, which treats co-occurring addictions and mental health disorders. As with any other treatment program, treating both addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions is critical to the efficacy of treatment.

  • What are the benefits of outpatient treatment?

    Some benefits of participating in an outpatient program include:

    • More privacy: During outpatient, you can remain at your home (or in a sober living house) and maintain a level of privacy.
    • Greater autonomy: Not living at a facility requires you to hold yourself accountable, but most outpatient programs still provide additional support if you need it.
    • Collective support: Outpatient treatment typically requires you to still participate in some types of individual and group therapies, so you’re able to build a support network.

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