When researching drug addiction treatment, you’re bound to come across phrases like “outpatient drug rehab” and “inpatient treatment” but unless you’ve been in rehab before or have worked in behavioral health, it can be kind of confusing. You certainly don’t need to know the difference between rehab programs to start treatment but it can help to demystify rehabs for you and better understand the recovery process. Outpatient drug rehab is one of the types of rehab programs we offer in West Palm Beach, FL and depending on your needs it could be a right fit for you – or you might need a higher level of care. After reading this article, you should have an idea of which direction to go but if not, an online assessment or phone consultation can provide more guidance.
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The Difference Between Outpatient and Inpatient
Outpatient drug rehab (also called “outpatient drug treatment”) isn’t as intensive as inpatient drug rehab because clients are allowed to go home after their sessions rather than remain at the facility, but that doesn’t mean it’s less effective. This type of rehab is best suited for individuals who don’t have a severe addiction, are in the early stages of addiction, or need to transition from inpatient drug rehab as they progress in their recovery. While outpatient drug rehabs vary in structure, intensity, and services, they all generally have a focus on counseling, education, and building a support network.
Outpatient Drug Rehab Benefits and Goals
The most obvious benefit of outpatient drug rehab is recovery from addiction but another big benefit is that it allows clients to continue living their life like work, school, family, and other commitments and responsibilities. Whether entering into outpatient rehab is the first time you receive addiction treatment or it’s what you transition to after inpatient rehab, below are some benefits of this popular type of rehab:
- Practice makes perfect – you’re able to immediately apply what you’ve learned and practiced in rehab
- Offers more freedom and flexibility
- Gives you more privacy since you won’t have to take off time from work or inform family/friends where you’re going
- Provides the same level of quality as inpatient rehab (but may not offer as many services)
- Allows you access to your family – their support and involvement can encourage you to stick with the rehab program
- Costs less than inpatient rehab because accommodations aren’t provided
- Insurance is more likely to cover outpatient drug rehab because of its lower costs
In outpatient drug rehab, we’ll teach you how to cope with life and its challenges instead of turning to drugs. While recovery is the main goal, there are others as well like:
- Achieving abstinence
- Decreasing drug use (known as “harm reduction”)
- Addressing and treating other psychological issues (e.g. co-occurring disorders, trauma)
- Decreasing antisocial or criminal behavior
- Building and maintaining recovery support networks
- Improving health and wellbeing
- Increasing positive productive behaviors (e.g. showing up to work or class)
- Resolving legal problems
Now, your goals may be different from the ones listed above but whatever they are, outpatient drug rehab can get you much closer to accomplishing them than if you were quitting on your own. Whether you do outpatient or inpatient rehab, a key ingredient for recovery is having a community you can lean on for sober support and encouragement.
11 Things To Expect From Outpatient Rehab
You may be wondering at this point what actually happens in outpatient drug rehab. Like all of our rehab programs, it involves a combination of different treatment strategies like individual sessions, group therapy, 12-step communities, medication-assisted treatment (only when needed) and more. In addition to these strategies, we also offer other outpatient services for truly comprehensive treatment.
Examples of outpatient drug rehab services:
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Family Counseling
- Substance Abuse Education
- Lectures and Presentations
- 12-Step Meetings
- Life Skills Training
- Employment or Educational Support
- Nutrition Education and Guidance
- Personal Time
- Recreational Activities
At Rally Point, we’ll work with you to create a personalized outpatient rehab program that incorporates the services that will best address your needs while also working with your schedule. Depending on your situation, however, outpatient may not be recommended initially.
When Outpatient Isn’t The Right Fit
While outpatient drug rehab is a popular treatment option because it’s less disruptive to the client’s life and less expensive than inpatient, the level of care might not be enough for some people. You may feel that outpatient rehab is best for you but after an assessment, your therapist might determine that inpatient is what you need instead. There are a variety of situations where inpatient drug rehab is the more appropriate option such as:
- Severe withdrawal symptoms that require close monitoring and emergency support, if needed
- Toxic home environments whether it’s an abusive relationship, others are using drugs, or some other stressor
- Multiple unsuccessful attempts at recovery have been made
- Medical conditions and/or severe mental disorders
Determining which type of rehab is best for a client depends on multiple considerations like addiction severity, home situation, medical history, and costs. We totally understand that inpatient drug rehab can disrupt your life but the alternative to not receiving the right level of care is worse. It’s an investment in your future and if it will help you achieve lasting recovery, then it’s worth the 30 days or more you spent in inpatient rehab.
Our Outpatient Drug Rehab in West Palm Beach, FL
Outpatient drug rehab offers a variety of benefits such as flexibility, freedom, and affordability, but it’s essential that you take an honest look at your needs rather than your wants. As the rehab capital of the world, West Palm Beach is an ideal location for outpatient drug rehab – and it’s not just because we have some nice beaches. There are a multitude of support communities and resources across South Florida that make it easier for clients to stick with their outpatient program. Deciding which outpatient drug rehab to do is a personal and difficult choice but you don’t have to make it alone. Contact us today or take our online assessment to see which option will get you on the road to recovery.