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Outpatient Rehab
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Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehab is treatment that takes place with the patient living independently in their own home, rather than residing at a treatment facility. They still undergo treatment at a treatment center or medical facility, but will usually be responsible for getting themselves there for scheduled meetings each week.

The structure of outpatient rehab doesn’t differ that much from inpatient programs outside of the living arrangements. Patients still undergo a combination of individual counseling and group therapy, attend support groups and may get regular doses of management medication such as methadone or Suboxone. Outpatient treatment allows patients to continue to meet their obligations at home and work while being treated, however.

Many facilities in Colorado offer different levels of outpatient treatment. Intensive outpatient treatment usually means that there will be more meetings and appointments each week, and patients can expect to devote most of their time during the week to working their program. “Partial hospitalization” refers to a program that usually lasts for a full day and is highly structured, but allows patients to go home at night. This is an even more time-consuming process than intensive inpatient treatment and usually requires full-time commitment even though the patient is able to return to their home.

Good Candidates for Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient treatment is usually something that patients will transition to after some period of inpatient residential treatment (usually at least 30 days). Patients who have milder addictions may be able to go straight to outpatient treatment after an initial detox — those who are still in the very beginning stages of addiction when they seek help, or those who have addictions to the substances that have weaker withdrawal symptoms (such as cannabis), for example.

Outpatient care is generally not appropriate for those with a severe level of addiction. Those who currently have poor internal motivation to recover, such as those being “forced” into a program by the criminal justice system, are also not good candidates for an outpatient program. Outpatient treatment also requires a strong support network at home. Patients who are living alone or who are having domestic issues are generally better off undergoing some form of residential treatment.

If a patient has a strong internal motivation to get sober, their addiction is not too severe and they have adequate housing and an appropriate supportive setting where they live, then they will likely do well in outpatient treatment.

What are the Benefits?

Outpatient treatment in Colorado is generally much less costly, since the expenses of lodging, food and 24-hour staff are not factors. It also offers a much more appropriate level of care for those who are not dealing with strong withdrawal symptoms and have family and work obligations that they have to continue to take care of. For example, outpatient treatment is a good fit for professionals who have only been abusing a substance for a relatively short amount of time and want to continue to hold their job and keep their family together.

Those who have a strong support network of family and friends at home can also benefit from a sense of being grounded that they will not necessarily get in a residential program. Again, this is highly individualized and depends on the person’s circumstances when they enter treatment. But families can engage in family treatment along with the patient that not only helps them cope with the addiction, but also helps them to identify harmful behavior patterns in the family that could be contributing to the addiction.


What Happens After Outpatient Rehab?

A patient should not be leaving their outpatient program until they have developed the skills, tools and confidence to stay clean and be a productive member of society. Most addictions can never be totally cured, and ongoing maintenance is needed to maintain sobriety, but most people who recover long-term find that attending support group meetings and aftercare services offered by their programs are enough to keep them moving in the right direction.

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Take the necessary steps for a lasting recovery. Call your local outpatient recovery center to get the help you need today.