Do you know someone who is facing the destruction caused by substance abuse? Millions of people face the battle of substance abuse every day, deciding the future of their lives with every action. This disease that has plagued the country for as long as one can remember has led to the great outpour of rehab centers, searching for a solution to this crisis. However, it is crucial that these facilities understand the dynamics of a drug addiction in order to effectively combat it. For instance, a 40-year-old man struggling with alcoholism for 9 years will need a different treatment approach than a 20-year-old woman who has been abusing alcohol for a few months. That is why Just One Recovery offers an eclectic approach to drug and alcohol abuse recovery.
What is Outpatient Rehab?
Outpatient rehab is a treatment program that offers aid to those struggling with substance abuse that can be programmed around the patient’s schedule and does not require an overnight stay at a residential treatment center. This schedule flexibility allows the patient to maintain their occupational and familial responsibilities while getting the help that they need. They are required to check-in at the rehab center for counseling and medical treatment, but this time requirement is substantially less demanding than a residential treatment program. Outpatient programs come in a variety of forms, intensities, and commitment levels, which we will thoroughly explain shortly. A typical outpatient program can take anywhere from one to four months to complete and can be elongated at points of particular stress in the patient’s life. The primary goal is to get the patient to a stable state of health where they can overcome the pressures of addiction, independently of a treatment program. Thus, we will work with the patient for as long as it takes to see them through to the completion of their program.
Outpatient care does not require the 24-hour supervision of the patient at a residential facility. Thus, it is necessary for the patient to present a high degree of dedication and motivation to see the treatment program through from start to finish. It is also without mention that it requires the patient to be living in an environment that is free from drugs or alcohol. The patient will be held fully accountable for attending their treatment sessions and avoiding triggers that could lead to their relapse. If the patient is suffering from a severe drug addiction, this program may not be structured enough to protect the patient from relapse. A patient is ready for outpatient rehab after they have completed detox and can face and overcome the pressure to use. Just One Recovery will be here for assistance every step of the way.
Outpatient Care Vs. Residential Treatment
You might consider the option of seeking residential treatment rather than an outpatient treatment program, so let us breakdown the differences in each program. Residential treatment, to begin, is far more intensive than its outpatient counterpart, which is often a transition from residential treatment. Outpatient care does not require the patient to stay at a facility overnight but does require weekly check-ins to evaluate the patient’s progress. This allows the patient to continue to work and tend to their responsibilities at home while receiving treatment.
The concern with this kind of treatment is that it might not be beneficial for patients who are too early on in their recovery. Outpatient care does not help to mitigate outside triggers for relapse which are far more prominent early on in the recovery process. We generally recommend that the patient start out in a residential treatment program until they are ready to transition to outpatient care. With residential treatment, the patient is receiving the supervision they need to prevent a relapse from even being an option until the patient is strong enough to overcome such temptation.
What are the Benefits of Outpatient Care?
For less severe addictions, outpatient rehab is a suitable treatment option. To begin, outpatient treatment is far more flexible and modifiable than its residential counterpart. It is especially convenient that outpatient rehab programs allow the patient to accommodate their work schedule and continue to maintain their familial responsibilities. This is a relief to patients who fear for the well-being of their loved ones if they were to leave for an extended amount of time while recovering from substance abuse. Likewise, this familial support can be a strong motivation to continue on the path to sobriety. More often than not, familial participation is greatly encouraged to uplift the patient as they struggle with the symptoms of withdrawal and recovery. Another strong reason to consider outpatient care is generally the costs. If the patient is living at home while receiving treatment, they are often avoiding substantial living costs to reside at the facility. Keep in mind that Just One Recovery is a nonprofit organization that will not force you to make this consideration. There is far more accountability involved in participation in a outpatient program. The patient must be ready to face the challenges of daily triggers and urges. Thus, if the patient struggles to overcome temptation, it is often more suitable for them to enter a residential treatment program or sober living home that provides that further support and accountability that is needed to push forward on the road to recovery.
Main Components of Outpatient Care
If you or a loved one is struggling with drug addiction, outpatient rehab can be a vital tool in helping you to overcome the emotional trial. Nonetheless, it cannot help you to completely detoxify your body of the substance. Thus, it is generally necessary for the client to complete a detox and residential rehab program before being considered for outpatient programs. Once the patient is able to be left alone for longer than 24 hours, it is feasible to enter a partial outpatient program and subsequent outpatient care. It is important to recognize that every individual case is unique, and that the resulting treatment program will vary amongst different patients in order to best fulfill their needs.
Outpatient treatment is a continuation of care that helps to build the foundation for long-term sobriety while adjusting the patient to their daily routine. This treatment option is often the least intensive, focusing solely on integration back into everyday life. For every patient, this treatment is modified to be made applicable to their set of circumstances, whether it be overcoming a chronic or brief dependence on drugs or alcohol.
This treatment program is not suitable for everyone and should be thoroughly evaluated by a medical professional before moving forward. This can be completed by the patient’s primary care physician or a clinical team after enrollment in Just One recovery’s program. This step cannot be skipped as it is crucial that the patient is fully prepared to attempt and complete the program. Because there is a variance in outpatient options, we will now elaborate on the more common programs and what they require.
Of all outpatient care options, day programs have the greatest level of intensity and structure for the patient. Within this kind of a program, the patient will be required to attend meetings 4 to 7 days a week at Just One Recovery’s residential treatment center for multiple hours a day. During these meetings, the patient will be offered group and individual therapy sessions, recreational therapies, medical evaluations, and alternative treatments. However, unlike a residential treatment program, the patient will be able to return home to their families and maintain the responsibilities of their everyday life. Nonetheless, day programs require a substantial time commitment that may limit the patient’s full capacity to work or attend school. This option is best for those that are in need of structure to motivate their sobriety efforts but are ready to face the challenge of overcoming everyday triggers while receiving treatment.
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
Intensive Outpatient Programs operate on the principle of goal setting and achieving, giving the patient a quantifiable measure of their success in striving towards sobriety. As these goals are achieved, the patient is rewarded with a lesser time requirement in the form of fewer or shorter sessions each week. This option is beneficial to those who are adamant to live a clean lifestyle but need the ability to work and tend to their familial responsibilities along the way. Like a day program, the IOP program will consist of weekly meetings for counseling and therapy sessions however it is considerably less time consuming. The patient will spend less and less time in treatment until they are weaned off of their treatment program entirely. This transition into everyday life is far smoother than an abrupt lifestyle change and is considerable more realistic to maintain.
Continuing care treatment programs are often the most well-known programs in mainstream culture. Of these programs, are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups that provide the tools necessary for a patient to fully commit to sobriety long term. These groups are generally hosted weekly by a licensed therapist to give patients the support that they need. It is important to not only focus on the treatment program, but also how the patient will adjust to completion of the treatment. Continuing care focuses on the transition back into their normal routine to avoid the patient having to return once more for treatment after a relapse.
Outpatient Rehab for Substance Abuse
Substance abuse comprises of drug (prescription and illicit) addiction or alcoholism. Outpatient rehab is a treatment program that is capable of treating any of these disorders, notwithstanding the variances in effectivity. Outpatient rehab programs assume that the patient has already undergone detoxification and the subsequent transition into a residential treatment program when applicable. These programs are committed to providing patients with the resources and freedoms to overcome triggers with the full freedom of living at home. We encourage you to seek Just One Recovery, nonetheless for our phenomenal level of efficacy and compassion or every patient that our facility encounters.
Outpatient Alcohol Rehab Treatment
Further elaborating on continuing care treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous can be a vital resource to those overcoming alcohol addiction. Cited as the most used alcohol rehab treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous is a 12-step program that equips the patient with the resources needed to maintain sobriety. Outpatient alcohol treatment is not always the best option for people who struggle with alcohol abuse and is generally contingent upon the severity of the addiction. Abrupt, cold-turkey, ending of alcohol abuse is extremely difficult and dangerous without medical supervision. It can be physically grueling, but it is also noted to be an emotional and mental strain as the patient endures withdrawal symptoms. Thus, if the patient has been struggling with a long-term addiction to alcohol, it might be a more effective treatment to undergo medical detox which can provide the 24-hour supervision needed to ensure that the patient is safe and alleviate the more painful withdrawal symptoms.
Outpatient Treatment for Behavioral and Mental Health Issues
Just One Recovery is committed to getting to the root of the problem and this most often includes behavioral and mental health concerns. For this reason, we believe that behavioral and mental health resources are vital to an overall recovery from substance abuse. In many cases dealing with substance abuse, mental health conditions were found to be a primary source of the trigger. By alleviating or training the patient to cope with these disorders, our goal is to better prepare the patient to overcome addiction entirely.
Your next question might be how outpatient care has anything to do with behavioral and mental health. Outpatient mental health clinics are hard to come by, but Just One Recovery incorporates individual and group therapy that focuses on the mental health of the patient as a vital part of the patient’s recovery program. In these sessions, the patient is given a space to sort out their deepest thoughts and anxieties to discover the underlying cause of their addiction. By understanding how the addiction began, the patient is given the opportunity to defeat the addiction at its source.
Outpatient treatment can also be a vital resource in treating co-occurring disorders via medical management. On top of meeting with a therapist, it can be arranged for the patient to consult with a psychiatrist that can manage and modify the patient’s prescription treatments to help alleviate symptoms of additional disorders that might contribute to the substance abuse.
Who Needs Outpatient Care?
Just as we have mentioned over and over again, every individual is different. Just One Recovery cannot expect the same treatment program that was successful or one patient to be equally as successful for another. Likewise, outpatient therapy is not suitable for every patient we encounter. Whether this treatment is a good candidate for the patient’s treatment is dependent upon the history of that patient’s addiction and their current standing with substance abuse. Because outpatient treatment programs are inherently more flexible and less supervised in nature, we do not encourage patients with more severe addictions to pursue this option. Outpatient treatment works best with patients who have been obsessively using drugs for a short period of time and are able to live independently without a high need of medical or psychiatric support. Thus, outpatient rehab is for those who have already completed other programs of treatment and are committed to their strive to live sober.
Just One Recovery’s Drug Rehab & Alcohol Treatment
We focus our resources on treating adult men that are struggling with substance abuse, using a wide range of treatments that are personalized for each individual, ensuring the most effective and long-lasting recovery for every patient we encounter. No one is fighting the same battle, but we are here to support you in the way that is most suitable to your circumstance. We will meet where you are and get you where you want to be. We believe in transformation and building new lives from rock bottom. However, you do not need to be at rock bottom to reach out for help. The only way to deliver yourself from harm and to obtain long lasting recovery is to find a treatment program that understands your needs. You are never too lost, too broken, or too hopeless to change your story. Serving men and young adults, Just One Recovery is dedicated to treating you with dignity while providing a tailored treatment for your individual needs.
WHERE CAN I FIND AN OUTPATIENT TREATMENT PROGRAM?
You can call Just One Recovery today at no cost and it is 100% confidential. Our beautiful residential treatment center is located in sunny Orange, California and is open to all men over 18 years of age. Calling our treatment center is the first step to getting you or your loved one the help that you desperately need. Just One Recovery will answer all of your questions and concerns, informing you of everything your treatment program will consist of.
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