There are only around 30 outpatient treatment programs in Delaware for drug or alcohol addicted residents in the state of for anyone struggling with any degree of substance abuse problem. Out of the 30 programs available, most deliver either regular or intensive outpatient treatment although several deliver day treatment and partial hospitalization. The programs which deliver outpatient day treatment/partial hospitalization can be beneficial for clients who need daily intensive treatment such as those struggling with a co-occurring mental health disorder which will need to be treated concurrent to the substance abuse problem. There are also 3 facilities at this time which provide outpatient detoxification services in Delaware, as well as 6 which administer either methadone or buprenorphine to opiate addicted clients to help with drug cravings and opiate withdrawal. Opiate maintenance treatment with methadone or buprenorphine is usually a long-term treatment regimen that must be maintained daily, so this should be taken into consideration amongst clients who don't want to become involved in such a program.
In Delaware, regular outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment services are the same, with the most distinctive difference being that IOP's provide services 3 or more days a week for about 9-12 hours per day where a regular outpatient program is 1 day a week. Intensive outpatient is therefore much more ideal when someone isn't about to participate in an inpatient program but need a continuous system of support while they recover from addiction. Someone at a high risk of relapse because of a chronic long-term drug or alcohol problem should really be in an inpatient or residential facility, but when this isn't possible for some reason an IOP or perhaps a more intensive day-treatment/partial hospitalization facility in Delaware would be most ideal and beneficial.
Choosing the correct treatment program for yourself or a family member can be one of the the most important decisions you ever make. With so many choices for treatment, and so many variables to consider, getting help from a knowledgeable addiction specialist who understands what types of treatment will work best is invaluable.
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