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. An outpatient drug rehab program is one of the types of rehab programs we offer at Rally Point Palm Beach, FL and depending on your needs it could be the right fit for you – or you might need a higher level of care.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is Outpatient Treatment’?
- 2 Are There Different Types of Outpatient Treatment Programs?
- 3 The Difference Between Outpatient and Inpatient
- 4 Outpatient Drug Rehab Benefits and Goals
- 5 11 Things To Expect From Outpatient Rehab
- 6 How Long Is the Outpatient Treatment?
- 7 How Much Does Outpatient Rehab Cost?
- 8 When Outpatient Isn’t The Right Fit
- 9 Outpatient Treatment in West Palm Beach, FL
What is Outpatient Treatment’?
Determining which addiction treatment is best for clients depends on a variety of factors like addiction severity, home situation, and what they can afford. Outpatient treatment is one of the lesser intensive types of rehab programs since the client is able to go home instead of remain at the treatment facility during the duration of the program. Being able to return home is less intrusive in clients’ lives and allows them to continue with other life responsibilities like work, school, and family. With this freedom, however, clients are exposed to more temptations which increases the chances of relapse.
That’s why outpatient treatment is typically recommended for clients that don’t use or drink in large amounts and/or haven’t been using or drinking for long. This can happen after a loved one talks to the client about his using or drinking, or the intervention takes place in the early stages of addiction. Outpatient treatment is also usually the next step after completing higher levels of care like a partial hospitalization program (PHP). Although detoxing in the early stages of addiction will still cause withdrawal symptoms, it’s not as intense as clients with more severe addictions. If the therapist believes that the client can handle withdrawal without relapsing or having permanent psychological or physical damage, outpatient treatment is likely to be recommended.
Are There Different Types of Outpatient Treatment Programs?
Again, depending on the client, there are multiple levels of outpatient treatment to suit different needs. We offer two types of outpatient treatment programs:
- Intensive outpatient program: Typically, after completing our PHP, clients transition to our intensive outpatient program. Even though it’s less time intensive than PHP and clients may return back home, the program is still highly structured with individual and group therapy, prayer/meditation, 12-step meetings, calls to sponsors, etc. The goal is for clients to successfully reintegrate into the “real world,” build support networks, and use the tools they learned to continue being sober.
- Outpatient program: For clients who complete the intensive outpatient program or don’t need as much structure, there’s our outpatient program. Although treatment plans vary, the client is usually required to participate in one or more groups a week and an individual therapy session.
While there are key differences between these outpatient programs, an essential component to both is having clients establish a recovery network that they’re able to lean on for sober support. If the client’s home situation, however, is not conducive to recovery either due to temptations (like others using or drink), dysfunctional relationships, or safety concerns, the option to stay at our recovery residences is available.
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.
How Long Is the Outpatient Treatment?
The duration of outpatient treatment varies but at a minimum, it’s 30 days. Changing habits, behaviors, and thinking patterns take time – and keep in mind that on average, it takes 66 days to create a habit. Outpatient treatment (and addiction treatment in general) should be looked at with a “life is a marathon, not a sprint” mentality.
How Much Does Outpatient Rehab Cost?
There isn’t a one-set price for outpatient rehab because our programs are personalized but it generally does cost less than PHP because you’re not staying at our recovery residences. For clients with insurance, we are in-network with several insurance providers like TRICARE, Aetna, Beacon Health Options, and more. If you don’t have insurance or it doesn’t cover outpatient treatment, there are also healthcare financing and self-payment options.
It’s important to note that while you may want to be in an outpatient program, whether it’s because you wish to continue working or it’s less expensive than inpatient, it may not be what you need. Sure, PHP costs more but you also get a lot more with it. If you’re extremely dependent on a substance, there’s too much risk involved with breaking your addiction at home on your own. PHP will give you the medical supervision that you need to get through detoxification.
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.
Outpatient Treatment in West Palm Beach, FL
South Florida is home to more than pristine beaches and year-round tropical weather, it’s also the rehab capital of the world. Because of this, there’s an extensive community and resources available for clients when they’re at Rally Point.
Benefits of outpatient treatment in West Palm Beach, FL:
- Resources are closeby
- More access to specialized care
- Extensive sober support networks
- 12-step meetings for different demographics (gender-specific, LGBT, seniors, veterans, meditation, business, etc.)
- Close proximity to nature (fishing, adventure therapy, meditation, etc.)
While we may be a little biased, there are few outpatient treatment facilities in the country that can beat the splendor of South Florida’s diverse ecosystems. Coupled with the vast support network for clients in recovery, the benefits of outpatient treatment in West Palm Beach, FL are numerous. Contact us today or take our online assessment to start on the road to recovery and a life free of addiction.