Maryland residents who are dealing with a drug or alcohol problem have over 280 outpatient treatment options to choose from, with outpatient treatment comprising nearly 83% of the programs offered in the state. Nearly 74% of outpatient programs in Maryland offer regular outpatient treatment, but there are also around 137 programs which provide intensive outpatient treatment, known as IOP. In terms of day-treatment/partial hospitalization outpatient programs, 18 facilities offer these services for clients who need even more intensive services or specific treatment such as those which address a co-occurring mental health disorder while in treatment for addiction. Additionally, there are also 51 facilities offering outpatient detoxification and 55 programs providing opiate maintenance services. Some of the outpatient detox facilities use medication assisted detox, and opiate maintenance outpatient programs administer methadone, buprenorphine and similar medical opiate drugs to stop drug cravings and opiate withdrawal. In these cases, physical drug dependence is the only thing addressed and clients should always pursue actual treatment such as counseling and therapy to address the causes of addiction.
Regular outpatient programs in Maryland provide the least intensive treatment option because clients are involved in treatment anywhere from 1-3 days a week for only a few hours. IOP (intensive outpatient) treatment services are for at least 3 days per week for 9-12 hours per day. Intensive outpatient in Maryland would be an ideal choice for someone who needs a more aggressive approach and support because of chronic long-term addiction. In either case, outpatient clients in Maryland who take part in either a regular or intensive outpatient program will receive a treatment plan which involves individual counseling, group counseling, behavioral therapy in many cases, and in some instances family therapy is also offered.
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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