Who is the Ideal Candidate for Outpatient?
For people who have had a period of sustained sobriety, an outpatient program is usually a better fit. The main purpose of outpatient treatment is to prevent a relapse. An outpatient program may have 3 to 6 hours of group therapy per day depending on the person and program.
People being discharged from an inpatient program are ideal candidates to enter an outpatient facility to help stay on track. Others who are able to manage daily life but realize they are struggling with a substance abuse problem can also find outpatient services to be beneficial. They don’t necessarily require around the clock attention or detox, but definitely need guidance to avoid having the problem escalate.
How Long is IOP?
Recovery differs from person to person. Addiction is a chronic disease and needs long-term management. Relapse is a common risk factor that all patients must face, and the outpatient program helps clients manage life stressors that occur. The outpatient program also serves to monitor the client’s recovery once they have completed a residential program.
While some people need a progression of inpatient to outpatient to aftercare maintenance, others may only need an outpatient program followed by a maintenance program such as SMART Recovery. Successful addiction treatment requires an individual plan, as no two people are alike, and each has different needs. The best approach is determined after a thorough assessment by a qualified addiction specialist.
What is a Typical Outpatient Day Like?
Outpatient programs differ by the intensity of the program and the number of hours each day dedicated to therapy.
The Intensive Outpatient Program is 3 hours of treatment per day for 3-5 days a week.
The Day Treatment Program includes 6 hours of group therapy per day for 5-6 days a week.
Group therapy includes skills training, relapse prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational enhancement therapy.
A qualified addiction specialist trained in the various therapies leads each session. All of our therapists are caring and compassionate professionals, who strive to build trust and never pass judgment. We stress that there is no shame in seeking help for an addiction.
Some of the outpatient treatment services include:
- Individual or group therapy
- Relapse prevention
- Aftercare maintenance
- Short and long-term care
- Drug education
Individual Outpatient Drug Addiction Treatment
For some patients, their need is best met by outpatient consultation, medication where required, and learning new life skills available from Trinity Behavioral Health. For others, intensive treatment is most appropriate. To find out what is the best approach, a personal diagnosis of each individual’s condition and concerns is the true first step.