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What to Expect From Outpatient Addiction Treatment


Addiction treatment is provided in many forms with the two major program types being inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Inpatient programs provide 24-hour care including housing, supervision and access to medical services. Outpatient programs offer flexibility to attend treatment sessions that fit the patient’s schedule and allow more time to focus on responsibilities such as work, school or taking care of loved ones while still receiving the support they need.

What is outpatient treatment?

While outpatient programs can differ in format, intensity and services they generally focus on counseling, education and support.

Medication-assisted treatment is one type of treatment often provided in an outpatient setting. MAT involves using behavioral therapy and FDA-approved medications to treat substance use disorders. The medications help reduce withdrawal symptoms and have been shown to relieve cravings and block the euphoric effects of opioids and alcohol.

Related blog: MAT Facts: What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

What are the benefits of outpatient addiction treatment?

Outpatient addiction treatment has a variety of benefits, the most significant being its flexibility. Many patients cannot take time away from their career, studies or caregiving and outpatient programs help fit treatment in their schedules.

Many patients find outpatient programs are also more affordable. Because this type of program doesn’t involve the costs associated with 24-hour supervision, patients remain at home.

Having a network of family, friends and other supporters is key to recovery. A major emphasis of outpatient treatment is fostering connection in group therapy and relying on loved ones for accountability and encouragement.

In addition to group therapy and counseling, outpatient programs provide a variety of learning opportunities. Topic areas might include:

  • Substance use and its physical, mental and emotional effects
  • Relapse prevention skills
  • Skill development in employment, communication, time management, financial responsibility and goal setting

Who is eligible for outpatient treatment?

Outpatient addiction treatment is a great option for individuals experiencing addiction who are serious about pursuing treatment and want the flexibility of an outpatient program; those seeking treatment for the first time; or patients who have tried other treatment options unsuccessfully. No matter where a patient is on their recovery journey, outpatient treatment can be a helpful step in regaining independence from substance use.

If you or someone you know is ready to begin seeking drug treatment or alcohol treatment, we can help.

Contact us today at 833-505-HOPE or through the live chat on our website. We can work with you to create a plan for recovery.

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Nicole Delmonico, MT (ASCP), MPAS, PA-C

Nicole Delmonico is the Massachusetts Southeast area clinical director for CleanSlate.

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If you or someone you know suffers from the disease of addiction, please call 833-505-HOPE to speak with a professional.

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