Outpatient Rehab for Drug Addiction

Outpatient rehab is a form of treatment where patients recover from their addiction at home. People going through outpatient rehab meet with medical experts and therapists on a regular basis to receive treatment. Members of their family provide guidance and care at home. Outpatient rehab helps people battling an addiction stay connected to their job, school and family while they work towards sobriety.

Outpatient Rehab Overview

Outpatient rehab helps people recover from addiction without the need to stay at a specialized facility. This form of rehab is done at the person’s home. Outpatient rehab can be very helpful for patients who are unwilling or unable to leave their home for treatment.

Throughout outpatient rehab, doctors, nurses, counselors and family members help those with an addiction work towards a sober lifestyle. However, patients undergoing outpatient rehab must meet on a weekly schedule with medical professionals to ensure their treatment progresses.

Family members and primary caregivers play a huge role in the outpatient treatment process. This is because they safeguard the person going through recovery from relapses and medical emergencies.

Dr. Hoffman specializes in outpatient addiction treatment. For nearly 2 decades, Dr. Hoffman’s treatment plans have helped thousands of people maintain lasting sobriety. It may help you, too.

Why Choose Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehab has several unique features that make it more convenient than inpatient rehab. Generally speaking, the benefits of outpatient rehab make the treatment process effective and tailored to a person’s unique needs or issues.

Features of outpatient rehab include:

  • Family: Because outpatient rehab is done at home, family members of the person receiving treatment are put in a greater care role. Outpatient rehab also helps keep a family together when they otherwise would not be.
  • Cost: In general, outpatient rehab is much cheaper than an inpatient rehab facility. For many (but not all) people facing addiction, it is just as effective. A 30-day intensive outpatient rehab typically costs a few thousand dollars to $11,000. Though expensive, it is less than half the price of basic 30-day inpatient care ($25,000).
  • Stability: Many people who undergo outpatient rehab can still maintain their job or go to school. This is helpful for several reasons. First, it saves people from having to readjust (and potentially falling back into) old habits if they were in a full-time facility. For those who are breadwinners, it allows them to maintain a source of income that would otherwise be lost.

Outpatient Rehab Services

In addition to standard medical treatment, addiction treatment specialists will recommend that their patients also undergo different forms of therapy and education. These help supplement the medical treatment and increase the odds of a lasting recovery.

  • Individual Therapy: Therapy is an important treatment that can help people work through the psychological causes of their addiction. Sitting down and discussing issues with a trusted mental health counselor helps people with addiction identify and work on the problems that caused them to become addicted. Dr. Hoffman works with Sam Beckman, a licensed mental health counselor with nearly 40 years of experience treating addiction.
  • Group Therapy: In outpatient therapy, group therapy sessions are usually held in a private practice setting or mental health clinic. It may be purely an addiction support group or support group of people who have both mental health and addiction issues. These group sessions are organized by mental health professionals to create bonds between other people with similar issues.
  • Family Therapy: Family therapy can take many forms, especially as family members are often the primary caregivers for someone undergoing outpatient rehab. Therapy for families can include both individual and group counseling sessions. This type of therapy helps families work through issues so their loved one can attain sobriety.
  • Educational Programming: By educating people with addictions on the causes and consequences of their drug use, the goal is for them to understand that they are hurting themselves and other people.

Monitoring People in Outpatient Therapy

Patients who undergo any form of rehab must be monitored so they do not relapse. This is especially true with outpatient therapy, as people may still live in or near places that allow their substance abuse to continue.

As a result, patients need continual monitoring during therapy for illicit drug use. By closely taking note of the person’s behaviors or attempts to relapse, their treatment plan can be adjusted accordingly.

It is highly important that family members or close friends help to prevent their loved one from accessing more drugs. However, it is not their sole responsibility to cure those with an addiction—that ultimately comes down to the person undergoing treatment.

If those in outpatient rehab are able to use drugs despite their caretakers’ best efforts, they may need a more intense form of treatment such as inpatient rehab.

Time Frame for Outpatient Rehab

Though outpatient rehab does not take place in a live-in facility, it is still a highly structured form of treatment. Typical outpatient treatment programs run at least 3 months to ensure a permanent recovery.

After the main treatment starts, medical experts will recommend the patient join a support group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. These groups can help newly sober people maintain their recovery and learn from those who have already achieved long-term sobriety. Doctors may also want to check in on their patients from time to time after treatment to monitor their progress.

Outpatient Rehab and Long-Term Recovery

Outpatient rehab allows people to achieve sobriety without sacrificing their job, schooling or family life. Medical professionals, friends, relatives and loved ones work together to help someone with an addiction recover toward a drug-free lifestyle.

Through the rehab process, people with addiction will learn how to live happily without drugs. With outpatient rehab, you can recover with the help of those you love most.

Author:Kent Hoffman
Kent Hoffman

Kent Hoffman, D.O. has been practicing medicine for nearly 30 years. He is board-certified to practice addiction medicine and family medicine. Dr. Hoffman gets to know his patients on a first-name basis to provide compassionate and professional health care.

Last modified: 01/14/2019