It’s largely agreed that rehab programs are the best choice for clients who want to fight back against addiction. Therefore, after a patient has gone through the first steps in their recovery, such as inpatient rehab, outpatient addiction treatment can be the next logical step. While both inpatient or residential and outpatient treatment programs both have their strengths and weaknesses, the majority of people with drug and alcohol problems will inevitably be placed in outpatient treatment at some point during their road to recovery. This is the case even if a person was admitted into an inpatient facility for a significant period of time. 

While inpatient programs are designed to deliver more intense and specialized treatment for those who have an extreme case of substance abuse, outpatient treatment is a more affordable option and allows people with more mild cases of addiction to receive treatment on a more flexible basis, while maintaining their independence. Some people who need alcohol or drug rehabilitation do not receive the appropriate care because of the fact that it takes time from work and family. 

Outpatient treatment is the other alternative for people struggling with either a mild or intense substance abuse issues who are unable to go away to a full-time inpatient program. Many look down on this type of treatment due to the relapse factor. But patients in an outpatient program still have a structured and peer-oriented program. They also have the opportunity to remain in their home environment while getting treatment. A patient’s progress in his or her treatment plan can be assessed by professional staff regularly. Explore the benefits of outpatient treatment at Crest View Recovery Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

How to Choose the Right Facility

As addiction is a very serious matter, asking for help can be the most difficult decision to make in one’s life. With so many factors to take into account, many patients might not only find it difficult to choose a treatment program that is best for them but one that will lead to a life of sobriety. 

For this reason, it is suggested that patients seek the help of an addiction counselor before committing any type of treatment, as everyone and their needs are different.  Experts such as psychiatrists, addiction counselors and interventionists can assess each patient’s needs based on the severity of the addiction and the patient’s motivation to get better.

These professionals can make the right recommendations about which type of treatment is best for each patient. Addiction is an illness, and it’s best for trained professionals to handle the treatment process. So the decision to seek outpatient treatment should be made with advice from a trusted expert.

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment

While inpatient treatment may have its pros, it also has its cons. As mentioned before, both forms of treatment, inpatient and outpatient have their positives and negatives. Outpatient rehab is ideal for people who need the support of family and friends to increase their chances of success of long-term sobriety. For some, being away from home may be detrimental, and therefore, inpatient treatment is the only other option for them. Outpatient rehab is also often the best option for patients who need to continue to work to support themselves and their families.

For individuals who are students in school and working towards graduation, outpatient rehab allows them to continue with their class schedule while seeking treatment. Many centers offer flexible hours for checking in, and counseling sessions. Outpatient rehabilitation is generally less expensive than residential care while still providing quality substance abuse counseling. Also, outpatient treatment facilities often accept health insurance plans. This helps to cover the cost of most of the treatments. Like most medical treatments, the treatment you will undergo during your time in outpatient rehab is confidential. 

When to Begin Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient addiction treatment is the best option for individuals who need flexibility in treatment. You can enter outpatient care to start your recovery if your substance abuse experience is less severe. In many cases, residential treatment is the main recommendation. But outpatient care is also available and effective during this time. While this is true, where a patient is admitted and at what time depends on the individual and the nature of their situation.  

As every patient and their situations are different, each facility will design a program that works for each individual, tailor-made to their needs. Outpatient treatment typically lasts for four to six weeks, with a requirement of 30 hours a week for treatment. During this time, clients can express more of their independence. However, it is important to note, that individuals will still have access to a daily schedule of treatment and therapy while returning home each night to your family and other responsibilities.

Easing Into an Independent Life

Imagine that you’ve spent the last three months in rehab. While there are plenty of substance abuse programs out there, many clients will have spent 24 hours a day under direct supervision. They might be living according to a set schedule, and they will be surrounded by peers and addiction support staff.

However, now envision that you’re ready to leave outpatient addiction treatment in Asheville. Within a single day, you go from receiving complete care, to now having total freedom on your own. While some clients can handle this drastic change, it can overwhelm others.

Rather than forcing clients to go from one extreme to the other, it makes sense to ease into it. Moreover, an intensive outpatient program with an alumni recovery program will help you ease into this transition. Clients can gain freedom each day, but they still won’t have to go through the recovery process on their own. Specifically, clients will gain the strength to withstand temptations in the future. In an alumni setting, you can attend regular events, meetings, and further therapies to stay active in your recovery.

How Outpatient Programs Can Prevent Relapse

Relapse is arguably the biggest risk for individuals who leave rehab early. A great outpatient or inpatient rehab program lays the groundwork for relapse prevention, but clients still need to be as strong and as ready as possible to handle the very real risks of relapse. Specifically, outpatient treatment is one of the most effective ways to combat relapse.

The threat of relapse is often the biggest in the days and weeks after rehab ends. That’s because clients are often thrown back into environments full of familiar temptations. However, that can be too much to bear, and relapse is common.

Rather than dealing with that all-or-nothing mentality, clients can participate in outpatient programs. Specifically, this prevents relapse by holding clients accountable in the weeks following the end of full-time rehab treatment.

Outpatient programs cannot provide the sort of around-the-clock supervision that is provided by an inpatient program. It is unlikely that someone living on the grounds of a residential treatment facility can just slip off-site to meet up with a dealer or go to a bar for a drink. Help is available on a twenty-four-hour basis. 

What to Expect From Outpatient Treatment

Following up to more intensive treatment, such as inpatient programs, outpatient treatment has a proven track record for aiding with continued abstinence or misuse of drugs and alcohol. Outpatient treatment is more than just a holding period between rehab treatment and independent life. It’s also a time when clients can participate in therapy sessions and gain skills that will help with their lifelong recovery.

Our program teaches resources such as coping skills and everyday life skills. When it is time for patients to leave treatment, they can use these skills to live high-quality lives of sobriety. Individual counseling is also a valuable tool for rehabilitation. Counseling addresses the addiction, and it addresses other aspects of a patient’s life in which he or she may be struggling. Such struggles can include relationships, jobs, and even illegal activity. Counseling can help the patient develop coping strategies for remaining abstinent. Counseling can also facilitate attendance in group therapy and appointments with medical practitioners.

At Crest View Recovery Center, clients can expect outpatient care to include three weekly sessions. For example, each session might last for three hours, and those sessions can feature any number of therapies. If you also complete rehab at CVRC, then treatment can continue, building on any progress that you’ve already made in the past.

Crest View Recovery Center is Here to Help 

At Crest View Recovery Center, our outpatient addiction treatment in Asheville, North Carolina is the logical next step following the completion of rehab treatment. It’s recommended for all clients who want to begin living independently with a reduced risk of relapse. Furthermore, clients can expect the same comprehensive and effective treatment they are familiar with from rehab. Some of the therapies in outpatient treatment include:

To prevent relapse, outpatient treatment is often the right choice. Outpatient addiction treatment paves the way for lifelong sobriety and freedom from addiction. Take back control over your future and contact Crest View Recovery Center today at (866) 986-1371 to learn more about outpatient treatment.

References:

https://www.onthewagon.org/outpatient-drug-rehab/

https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/addiction/what-is-addiction

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.