Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Addiction Treatment
Addiction treatment does not always come in the form of an inpatient rehabilitation center. In some cases, intensive outpatient addiction counseling can provide the care and support a person needs without the life interruptions associated with other types of rehab. For people who are reluctant to pursue treatment due to problems with inpatient treatment, outpatient solutions can be a genuine lifesaver.
What Happens During Outpatient Addiction Treatment?
Outpatient treatment for addiction is based on therapy and has many similarities with other types of therapy. Sessions are personalized to meet your needs and goals. In the beginning, your therapist may ask you questions to learn more about the nature of your addiction, its origins and the triggers and life challenges you struggle with. Armed with this information, a personalized treatment plan can be made.
Once the factors that keep you using are known, therapy can help you to overcome your addiction by providing you with practical skills and healthy coping mechanisms to replace the role of the addictive substance in your life. Therapy can also help with identifying the underlying issues that you may be self-medicating or avoiding through your addiction.
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Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Outpatient therapy usually takes place one or more times per week in sessions that may last an hour or two. You may be given homework or things to think about and work on between sessions. Otherwise, you will live your life as normal in terms of work, school, family obligations, living arrangements, and other details. This differs from inpatient treatment, which requires you to stay in a facility for the duration of your treatment.
There are benefits to both inpatient and outpatient treatment, but intensive outpatient addiction programs do have several advantages:
- You don’t have to leave work. If you are currently supporting your family, you may not have the time or ability to take off work to attend inpatient treatment.
- You stay close to your support group. Inpatient treatment can separate you from friends and family when you are at your most vulnerable. Outpatient treatments allow you to continue relying on your existing support systems and relationships.
- Treatment is discreet. No one needs to know that you’re getting therapy or what type of treatment you’re receiving.
- Costs tend to be lower. Because you only need to pay for weekly sessions rather than round-the-clock care, your out-of-pocket expenses will be much lower.
- Your life is not disrupted. You won’t need to deal with the added stress of a new routine or worrying about how your day-to-day duties are being handled while you get the help you need.
Overall, outpatient treatment is best for people who need help managing their addictions but who are still able to function in their day-to-day lives. If you are still able to tend to family responsibilities, go to work or school and handle other aspects of your life, you may not want to put those things on hold to pursue inpatient care. Outpatient treatment is also ideal for people who want some additional assistance in recovery after spending time at an inpatient facility.
On the other hand, outpatient therapy is not right for everyone. Some people may struggle to balance the vigorous emotional work of therapy with the stress of routine life. People may also benefit from the support system and infrastructure in place at inpatient facilities. This is especially true for people struggling with the early stages of recovery when detox and the physical symptoms of withdrawal pose a serious and life-interrupting challenge to overcome. Understanding your needs and working with a professional who can help to guide you toward the best option for recovery is the key to ensuring the best results.
If you’re struggling with addiction, the most important thing that you can do is get help. You don’t need to deal with these issues alone. Contact SpringBoard Recovery today to learn more about our available services and how we can best help you get the treatment you need to overcome this difficult chapter of your life.
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