An outpatient treatment program is a comprehensive behavioral health care program for people battling with drugs or alcohol abuse and often co-occurring medical and/or mental health problems which allow the patient to schedule during various times throughout the week.
An outpatient treatment program is a good option for patients who have the desire to stop abusing drugs or alcohol. However, they still have the desire for a flexible treatment program that will work around their busy schedules.
This addiction treatment schedule allows patients to continue with their regular responsibilities and continue living at home, whilst they are still required to check into their addiction treatment at their assigned times for medication or counseling.
Outpatient treatment programs come in a variety of forms, differing levels of intensified treatment programs, and offer many various types of addiction treatment services; however the main goal is on education, a vast network of support, as well as counseling.
Patients with a forceful determination to overcome addiction and who are disciplined and committed enough to the move towards the impending benefits of an outpatient treatment program will likely succeed.
Behavioral Health Centers proudly offers an outpatient treatment program that includes several and varying other treatment options for which is considered to be “outpatient addiction treatment”. Alternatively to an inpatient addiction treatment program for substance abuse and co-occurring medical and/or mental health issues.
Different Types Of Outpatient Treatment Programs
Outpatient treatment programs build a program with identifiable, landmark achievement stages which help to determine the patient’s advancement in sobriety. As these goals are continuously met, the time required for our outpatient treatment program required per week will continue to reduce.
The typical types of outpatient treatment programs include but are not limited to:
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a complete behavioral health care program for patients wrestling with drugs and/or alcohol abuse and often co-occurring medical or mental health problems. This type of outpatient treatment program supports the patient by only requiring a visit to our facility several days a week for a few hours each day.
Intensive outpatient programs do require more time than a common outpatient program. In contrast to an inpatient treatment program, it does not have a need for the patient to remain at our facility 24-hours a day.
Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs)
A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a complete behavioral health care program for patients who also wrestle with drugs and/or alcohol abuse and often co-occurring medical and/or mental health problems. It is also considered to be outpatient however, it does require more time spent at our facility than the standard intensive outpatient program.
Aftercare Treatment Programs
There are several types of aftercare treatment programs offered for those who battle with substance abuse and co-occurring behavioral health disorders. There are sober-living arrangements, follow-up therapies like group or individual counseling, as well as medical evaluations, and other types of support groups.
When seeking help with an outpatient treatment program, it is important that you seek professional medical assistance in determining which program is right for you. At Behavioral Health Centers we offer psychiatric and psychological assessments to ensure you receive the most effective care for your individual needs.
What Are The Benefits Of Outpatient Treatment Programs?
The benefits of choosing an outpatient treatment program are primarily that these programs offer more flexibility than the typical inpatient treatment program. This allows for the patient to still fulfill work, school, and family responsibilities while receiving care in our outpatient treatment program.
Some benefits to outpatient treatment programs include but are not limited to:
- Cost-Effective Treatment – Remaining at home while receiving outpatient care means you do not have costs for room and board as you would in an inpatient treatment program.
- Flexible Treatment Schedules – Outpatient programs are designed to work around your daily schedule.
- Support Systems – During an outpatient treatment program there is encouraged family support and involvement in therapy in the hopes that it will encourage the patient to obtain and maintain sobriety and improved mental health.
Enlisting the assistance of friends and family can be crucial to the path of recovery for patients who enlist in an outpatient treatment program. Ongoing problems arising within the relationships of the patient will be addressed in family therapy sessions that can help improve communication skills between loved ones and give the patient the real opportunity to heal and find long-lasting sobriety and improved mental health. These joint efforts make a real and significant difference for the patient by assisting them in rebuilding a more productive and healthier life.
How Long Does Outpatient Treatment Programs Last?
Outpatient treatment programs usually involve 9 or more hours of treatment per day for an average of 3 to 5 days per week for an intensive program. However, each treatment program can be designed especially for the needs of each patient so fewer hours or even days are an option on occasion.
The standard length of treatment while in our outpatient program can vary from as little as 6 hours per week up to as many as 30 hours per week and typically our outpatient treatment programs last on average for 90 days.
Although 90 days is the standard amount of time in an outpatient treatment program, again it can be designed to meet the patient’s individual needs. So depending on the progression of the patient during treatment will determine if there is an increase or a decrease in the number of days and hours spent in our outpatient treatment program.
How To Determine If An Outpatient Treatment Program Is Right For You Or A Loved One
When considering entering into a treatment program, potential patients are thoroughly evaluated to determine accurately what kind of treatment and care they will need, including consideration for an outpatient treatment program. The severity and extent of the abuse to drugs and/or alcohol, as well as the type of substance abused, will be the primary factors in this decision.
Other things considered are family responsibilities, job requirements as well as and proximity to our behavioral health center is taken into consideration, in an attempt to reduce stressors which often lead to a relapse. The admissions staff will determine the appropriate duration, what kind of treatment will be offered, and the frequency of visits. A typical program might last for six weeks, with the individual attending sessions five nights a week.
Some signs that an outpatient treatment program may be a good option include:
- The addiction to drugs/and or alcohol is a relatively new battle or the abuse and/or addiction has not been a long term occurrence.
- The patient has already completed an inpatient treatment program and has graduated to an outpatient treatment program or the patient is merely returning to a program to strengthen a sober program (not because of a relapse).
- The patient has not been diagnosed with a co-occurring (dual diagnosis) mental health disorder.
- The patient has a strong support system at home with zero drugs and/or alcohol abuse within the home.
There are a number of reasons why someone may want or choose to return to an outpatient treatment program. To maintain “sober living” it is important to be proactive in your own treatment. It is very important to be self-aware and be open-minded. Listen to those around you that love and care for you when concerns are noticed or brought to attention.
Some reasons to consider returning to an outpatient treatment program:
- The patient is going through a rough patch or a very stressful time like family problems, loss of work, loss of a loved one, etc. and sobriety is becoming more difficult as of late.
- Single-use of an illicit drug and/or alcohol or obsessive thoughts about using,
- Feelings of being overwhelmed by the allure of drugs and/or alcohol due to triggers.
- The patient is experiencing similar strong feelings that contributed to the abuse or addiction that caused them to seek initial treatment.
No matter the reason, it is imperative that you consider going back into an outpatient treatment program. Therefore, your sobriety and improved mental health are reinforced and long term benefits are achieved.
Would You or Someone You Know Benefit From An Outpatient Treatment Program?
If you or someone you know or care about seems like they may benefit from an outpatient treatment program then give our medical and behavioral health professionals at Behavioral Health Centers a contact us today for a FREE consultation.