Finding Addiction Treatment for People Who Work, Go to School, or Have Families to Care For
When it comes to alcohol and drug addiction treatment, most people assume that all treatment programs require an extended residential inpatient program. Although this time of treatment program may offer the type of intensive substance abuse treatment needed for a successful recovery, there are more flexible options to fit every person’s needs. Many treatment centers offer outpatient drug rehab which can take away some of the roadblocks that stop many from getting substance abuse treatment and allow you to stay at home, continue going to work or school, or be able to take care of loved ones that depend on you. Outpatient rehab provides many of the same benefits as inpatient programs but is more flexible around your schedule. You can participate in addiction therapy outside your work or school hours, including nights and weekends.
What is Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment?
Outpatient rehab is a non-residential, therapy-based treatment for substance abuse and addiction. Unlike an inpatient program, outpatient treatment does not require you to stay at the treatment facility. Clients are able to live at home or in sober living housing while receiving addiction therapy. You have access to the same addiction treatments as inpatient treatment but you are required to attend for fewer hours and days a week. Within outpatient treatment, several levels of care exist as well, including a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP).
A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is the most intensive form of outpatient rehab, usually requiring several hours to a full day of treatment for 5 to 7 days a week. PHP programs are a sort of hybrid between inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment. You spend as much time in treatment as in an inpatient program but go home at the end of each day. Intensive outpatient program (IOP) is the next level down which is a better option for those who need to continue going to work or school or have loved ones depending on them at home. IOP programs require between 9 to 20 hours of weekly over 3 to 4 visits per week.
Outpatient treatment can also taper down hours as you progress, requiring less and less participation. This is a good step down from inpatient treatment as well to help transition back into your life with enough support and guidance as you navigate sobriety and relapse triggers. Some treatment centers even offer virtual outpatient rehab which allows access to treatment from home or anywhere in the world.
Is Outpatient Addiction Treatment Right for You?
Outpatient addiction treatment can be incredibly effective when it is the right fit. Outpatient programs are the right option for those with:
- Mild to moderate drug and alcohol addiction
- A strong support network of friends and family
- Reliable transportation or internet access if doing a virtual program
- Highly motivated for addiction recovery
- Low risk of withdrawals with medical complications
- Safe and healthy home environment or in a sober living home
Other Flexible Treatment Options at TruPath
TruPath features a network of treatment centers with a full continuum of care for flexible addiction treatment. Our addiction centers include all levels of care including drug detox, inpatient programs, intensive outpatient program (IOP), partial hospitalization program (PHP), and virtual rehab. We offer several forms of evidence-based treatment approaches for drug and alcohol addiction including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, dual diagnosis treatment, relapse prevention, trauma therapies, individual therapies, family therapy, group counseling, aftercare program, and alumni program. Treatment programs are personalized for each client and can be made up of several levels of care to provide intensive treatment when needed while helping each person slowly transition back to their life with better coping skills, life skills, and support.
If you or your loved ones are struggling with substance abuse, please do not hesitate to reach out to our offices at any time. Our addiction specialists at TruPath are always ready to answer any questions you may have or to walk you through our admissions process. Please call today.