Discovery Transitions currently operates as the outpatient drug rehab program for those who need a structured treatment program designed to address each resident individually, so they successfully transition into a life free from drugs and alcohol.
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What is Outpatient Drug Rehab?
You’ve heard of residential drug treatment programs, sober living environments, and inpatient addiction treatment. But what is an intensive outpatient program?
Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) can be described as a range of services within the broader scope of alcohol and other drug addiction treatment services. Some of the services provided are withdrawal management, group therapy, relapse prevention training, individual counseling, family counseling, and pharmacotherapy. Clients or residents attend a full spectrum of treatment programming but continue living at home or in sober living residences.
How Long is an Outpatient Rehab Program?
Intensive outpatient plans consist of scheduled day or evening sessions within a structured program. Usually, it totals fewer than nine hours per week, though it can vary. The IOP drug treatment program usually consists of a minimum of nine treatment hours per week, including individual therapy, weekly group therapy or a combination of the two in association with participation in self-help support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
A Flexible Yet Still Structured Rehab Program
IOP should not be described solely by the number of hours per week spent in sessions. Because of the variety of services provided, the hours at IOP programs may range from nine hours to 70 or more hours per week. Further, minimal requirements for IOP may vary by state law or regulation. Since IOP provides a structured therapeutic environment combined with living at home or in a supportive sober residence, clients have the opportunity to interact with the real world while benefiting from a controlled program designed specifically for them.
For example, upon admission to Discovery Transitions, clients are asked to participate in a no-cost, 22-page treatment assessment to determine which of many levels of care may be right for them. Their intensive outpatient program combines the best in individualized care with various group therapies that help clients establish a sober support system. Clients work towards reintegration into society through substance abuse education, relapse prevention, stress management, anger management, living skills, vocational rehab and volunteer opportunities.
Evidence-based Therapy for Long-Term Success
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) points out that IOP support groups help clients develop communication skills and participate in socialization experiences, which is particularly useful for individuals whose socializing has revolved around using drugs or alcohol. The NCBI also notes that these groups advance recovery by providing a venue for group leaders to transmit new information, teach new skills and guide clients as they practice new behaviors. Also, group members who are further along in recovery can help newer members on their road to sobriety.
Benefits of Outpatient Drug Rehab
Whichever drug rehab environment you decide upon, nothing will produce success unless the person is 100 percent invested in the recovery process. Inpatient or outpatient is not as necessary as the commitment to beat addiction and live sober. To do so provides a plethora of benefits.
Maintaining The Same Routine
Addiction treatment services stand a far higher chance of success when the person can incorporate them into their usual routine. Most citizens are not in a position to take an extended leave of absence from work or school. Addiction treatment outpatient services allow them to maintain a sense of normalcy.
Helps to Avoid Isolation and Aids in Relapse Prevention
Comprehensive addiction treatment services can lead to intense feelings of isolation and those who struggle with addiction often put off their rehabilitation out of fear of being alone. Keeping a strong sense of focus while in treatment is often tricky and while some relationships are toxic triggers that should be avoided at all costs, many patients are highly motivated to repair the relationships with their friends and loved ones that have become damaged due to addiction. Being able to live among those who support them becomes incredibly necessary in these instances.
Keeping Treatment Private
Community addiction treatment services do not always provide a high level of privacy, which causes addicts to delay their treatment so that they do not lose face with their friends and loved ones. Inpatient treatment programs are more difficult to keep private since they require the patient to live at the facilities. By enrolling in addiction treatment outpatient services, the patient can continue their regular schedule and maintain privacy if they so choose.
Connecting With Fellow Patients
Addiction treatment outpatient services offer an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow patients and develop a support network that lasts well beyond the actual program. The patient’s recovery stands a far higher chance when they can build a brand new social network, far away from the prying eyes of the people with whom they once used drugs/alcohol. Sobriety is all about constructing a brand new lifestyle and outpatient facilities offer the tools needed to do so.
While cost should not ever serve as a barrier to receiving the proper treatment for an addiction, the harsh reality is that addiction treatments tend to be very expensive. This is especially true when the person is forced to forgo their regular work and school duties. A patient who utilizes outpatient services can pay strictly for the sessions that they use, as opposed to shelling out for room and board. Insurance companies are also far more likely to absorb the cost of an outpatient drug rehab program.
Outpatient vs. Inpatient Treatment
Apart from their shared goal of helping patients achieve a drug-free life, there are a few things inpatient and outpatient drug rehab programs have in common. Both approaches to drug rehab rely on group, individual and family therapy programs. Both will work with you to learn how to handle the daily challenges life presents with a new perspective, awareness of inner strength, practical communication tools and problem-solving skills.
Outpatient Treatment Process
No-Cost Treatment Assessment
Our no-cost Treatment Assessment helps skilled professionals determine which of our levels of care may be right for you.
Outpatient Program – 1 on 1 Sessions
Our outpatient program combines the best in individualized care with various group therapies to help residents establish a sober support system. Our outpatient programs are from 30 to 180 days or longer depending on an individual’s needs. While enrolled in outpatient, our residents receive one individualized session per week and are expected to participate in support groups a minimum of 9 hours per week.
Individualized Care – Sober Coaching
Our sober coaches work with you to help you stay sober and clear of negative behaviors and issues that may arise from co-occurring disorders, such as gambling, sex or eating disorders, or other mental illnesses.
Who Needs an Outpatient Drug Rehab Program?
A person who would make an ideal candidate for an outpatient program has:
- completed an inpatient treatment program
- a need continued support and aftercare services
- the ability to function normally in their daily life
- a sober living environment
Those who have had a short history of addiction, are at low risk for relapse and can be counted on to attend therapy sessions faithfully may be candidates for outpatient treatment. These individuals still need professional help, and will benefit significantly from therapy sessions, but can incorporate our outpatient drug rehab into the rest of their life and schedule. Outpatient therapy provides more freedom than inpatient treatment, but both take addicted individuals through a rigorous program that teaches them how to live a sober life and avoid relapse.
Advanced Treatment and Aftercare Options
At Discovery Transitions, we firmly believe in an individualized approach to recovery. We know that each resident is different, and what works for one person might not work for another. While some are in need of a structured environment around the clock, others can return home after attending therapy sessions at a drug and alcohol treatment center.We offer a combination of the following in our programs:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
- Neurofeedback Therapy
- Music Therapy Group
- Psychodrama Therapy
- Art Therapy
Alumni Participation and Aftercare
We offer and encourage participation in our alumni program to all those who have completed any of our treatment programs. The alumni association regularly schedules outings, provides mentorship and meets monthly. Learn more about our alumni program here.
Claim Your Substance-Free Life Today
Continue your recovery by going through our outpatient drug rehab program. Discovery Transitions can equip you or a loved one with the tools necessary to overcome addiction. Contact us by calling 818.666.3083 for more information about continuing your recovery process in one of our addiction treatment programs.