Is Outpatient Treatment for You?


Drug and alcohol addiction affects millions of individuals everyday. In fact, beyond just the addict this pandemic has detrimental effects on family members, friends, spouses, and anyone who comes into contact with an addict. And with so many ways to get high it is only fitting that there are also numerous ways to get the help and treatment people need. One form of treatment which has become a well-established cornerstone in recovery is called outpatient treatment. From Los Angeles to New York, these low cost support systems have helped thousands of people turn their lives around and rediscover how to be clean and sober.

Although there are many variations, the basic outline of outpatient treatment is usually the same. Patients are able to live at home and maintain their normal work or school lives, while having daily visits (sometimes less) to the outpatient facility where they participate in activities such as individual or group therapy,12-step work, and learning about triggers for relapse. Every outpatient facility is different and most of thing create individualized programs depending on a person’s availability or level of addiction.

Often viewed as a less intensive option to traditional rehabs, there are many different reasons for people to seek outpatient treatment. First of all, not everyone is able to give up their lives for 6 months to a year and move into a permanent facility. Additionally, outpatient can be much more cost effective for people who do not have the ability to pay for long term inpatient care.

Many people also use outpatient as a way to have continued support after a stay in an inpatient treatment center. Staying connected to people in recovery is essential to someone in early sobriety. Many people who go into inpatient treatment thrive while in this environment, isolated from temptation and surrounded by people who are similarly trying to get clean and sober. Yet upon their return home they are bombarded by the same temptations and triggers. This shock of the outside world helps lead to the startling fact that nearly 80% of people will not stay sober after their first inpatient treatment.

Yet with the proper after care and outpatient services, an individual’s chances of long-term sobriety increase almost exponentially. The key is that outpatient care is designed to be flexible. People in early recovery need to relearn how to do everything in their lives without the constant crutch of drugs and alcohol. Outpatient allows people to readjust to a routine while offering guidance, support, and accountability.


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