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Outpatient Treatment Program (OP)

There is no one way to recover from substance abuse. Everyone’s recovery journey will be different and they will need to find the treatment program that works best for their situation.

For some, the best option for treatment is an outpatient program.

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What is Outpatient Treatment?

Outpatient treatment is designed to allow patients to continue to live at home and go to work or school while also attending addiction treatment sessions. These treatment sessions occur between two and four times a week, depending on the intensity of the outpatient program. 

More intensive programs still allow for people to live at home but require they attend more frequent and extended session hours per week. 

Outpatient treatment works best for people who are stable in their recovery and capable of living on their own without risking a relapse but still needing some substance abuse support on their own time. 

Different Outpatient Program Options

Depending on what stage of recovery someone is in, outpatient treatment may begin as intensive day programs, meeting several days a week for three to five hours a day. Then slowly lessening to a few times a week for a couple of hours each. 

There are a few different types of outpatient programs, including: 

  • outpatient treatment (OP)
  • intensive outpatient programs (IOP) 
  • partial hospitalization programs (PHP) 

A standard outpatient program usually follows an IOP unless the person has a very mild substance abuse problem. In some cases, outpatient treatment can include detox and medication assistance, but it’s not always the best option for people who are struggling with severe addictions and need more one-on-one assistance. 

Generally, it’s not common to receive detox treatment during outpatient care, and detoxing is considered a whole separate step in the recovery process. 

No matter the intensity of the outpatient program, participants will receive: 

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Medications (if needed and permitted by the program) 
  • Behavioral health coaching 
  • Peer support

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Benefits and Disadvantages of an Outpatient Program 

Outpatient programs tend to be most beneficial when following an inpatient program to help people gradually re-adjust and re-enter society. 

The main advantage of outpatient programs is the flexibility they allow for people to start rebuilding their lives. Because someone isn’t living at a treatment facility they are able to build a better balance between their work and personal life and their addiction treatment. 

Other benefits of outpatient treatment include: 

  • Ability to help treat co-occurring disorders with mild symptoms 
  • Access to mental health professionals such as a therapist 
  • Often costs less than inpatient treatment 

However, being at home isn’t always a good thing. Outpatient treatment is recommended towards the tail-end of recovery as it can give people direct access to triggers such as places and people that encourage substance abuse. 

This is why, for people with severe addictions, it is always recommended to complete a detox program, inpatient treatment, and then an outpatient program. This sequence helps to provide the best chance at more permanent change and long-lasting recovery.

Why Desert Rose Recovery? 

Consider recovering at our substance abuse treatment centers in Florida. We provide every client with: 

  • calm and relaxed environment
  • comprehensive and individualized treatment plans 
  • lasting behavioral changes through educational resources 
  • continuous support throughout your treatment program and beyond

Don’t let fear hold you back from reclaiming your life. You are not alone. We at Desert Rose Recovery are here for every step of your recovery journey. Contact us today for a free phone assessment and enrollment information. Call (844) 427-3509 or request information online. 

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At Desert Rose, drug and alcohol detox is only the beginning. We offer a complete addiction treatment program here. Unlike most Florida rehabs, we feature all 5 primary ASAM levels of care you need within a single program.

Desert Rose Detox has earned Joint Commission Accreditation. We also enjoy membership in NAATP, state licensing and are associated with certified recovery residences (FARR).

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