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What is Outpatient Drug Treatment?

Substance addiction and dependency can be successfully treated in inpatient program to manage detoxification and withdrawal. However, an abuse problem caught early enough can often be best treated in an outpatient drug rehab program.

What is Outpatient Treatment?

Our outpatient rehab programs in Lancaster County & Palm Beach offer comprehensive substance abuse treatment meetings that can be scheduled to suit a patient’s busy schedule. This allows our patients to attend to their personal responsibilities and to continue living at home. They check into treatment at the assigned times for medication and counseling.

Outpatient treatment programs come in many formats, varying levels of support and intensity with a range of services, But all focus on counseling, education, and support.

Patients with a strong desire to achieve a complete recovery, who have a committed and disciplined approach can derive great benefits from participating in an outpatient treatment program.

Types of Outpatient Rehab

There is more than one type of outpatient rehab based on factors such as the substance of preference or the severity of a patient’s addiction as well as their stage of recovery.

The types of outpatient rehab fall into three categories:

Day Programs

Outpatient day programs deliver the highest level of structure and care in an outpatient setting. Day programs require clients participate in meetings 5 to 7 days each week at a facility for two to five hours per session. During these sessions, patients participate in therapy, group sharing, biofeedback, and other therapies, such as music or art therapy.

Patients return home after their sessions, to their families or a sober living home. Day programs require a substancial commitment, that can limit a patient’s availability to work or go to school until the program is finished.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

An Intensive outpatient program (IOP) is based on a treatment plan defined within certain predetermined goals used to measure progress. As treatment milestones are met, the commitment time required per week will decrease.

IOP may be an ideal option for patients who are serious about achieving a full recovery from addiction, but who need to work and attend to ordinary responsibilities. An IOP may consist of multiple sessions a few hours each week for counseling sessions, relapse prevention education, group therapy, and attendance in a 12-step recovery support group.

Continuing Care

Continuing care groups such as AA or NA can help individuals to solidify their commitment to maintaining their sobriety. These groups are facilitated by a therapist and meet once each week. Continuing care groups can be gender or age-specific, while others may focus on a specific characteristic of recovery.

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