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Integrate Treatment Into Your Daily Life With Outpatient Rehab

Enrolling in an outpatient program allows the individuals to continue living at home while getting the treatment they need to overcome their addiction. Generally, this type of treatment program costs less than inpatient or residential rehab and provides a more flexible schedule; making it desirable for those who are unable to take an extended absence from their personal responsibilities. There are a few different types of outpatient programs available: intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization as well as therapy or counseling.

Intensive outpatient programs focus on relapse prevention, medication management and counseling or group therapy. This type of treatment is often scheduled around program participant's school/work hours. The flexible schedule enables them to maintain most aspects of their day to day life while in the outpatient program. Intensive outpatient programs typically meet three days a week, for two to four hours a day. There are many benefits to attending intensive outpatient treatment, including: having a flexible service schedule that allows the person to maintain many of their daily routines and responsibilities, a lower cost for services than enrolling in a residential or inpatient program, as well as the opportunity to apply the knowledge one's learned in the program on a daily basis when coping with daily life.

Partial hospitalization outpatient programs are a comprehensive approach to the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. These programs are similar to inpatient hospital treatment; however, the program participant is not confined to living at the hospital. Typically, the program participant will attend the partial hospitalization outpatient program for four to five hours a day, five days a week. During their time in the program clients usually receive individual counseling, group therapy, and medication management under the care of a physician. There are a number of beneficial reasons for choosing partial hospitalization outpatient treatment. These more intensive types of programs provide an immediate resource for persons being released from the behavioral health wing of the hospital, are ideal for persons who do not need to be admitted to the hospital, but require their intensive addiction treatment services, and benefit those who have serious addiction issues yet need a program with schedule flexibility and lower costs.

The last types of outpatient programs typically attended are therapy and counseling programs. Therapy and counseling are usually not the initial type of treatment best for an addicted person. Instead, they are generally combined with other rehabilitation methods or used as additional support once inpatient or residential treatment is complete. Attending counseling or therapy is used to help the recovering person identify the root causes of their struggle with drugs or alcohol, to work on mending personal relationships that have suffered due to addiction, and develop healthier coping skills. In short, the long-term advantages of attending therapy or counseling after completing a more intensive form of outpatient treatment is the continued support, guidance and accountability the person gains from these programs.

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