Outpatient addiction treatment infers that clients visit the addiction treatment center (or use telehealth) regularly while continuing to live at home, in a sober community, in a sober home, or with friends/family. Outpatient addiction treatment centers do not admit clients to their facility overnight.
Inpatient and outpatient addiction programs help clients address the underlying causes for the addiction(s) while also helping clients develop the coping skills, relationships, and self-esteem that are often required to overcome addiction. However, outpatient addiction treatment empowers clients to overcome their addiction(s) while still participating in their everyday lives and limiting the financial burden associated with most inpatient facilities.
AAR Healthcare offers outpatient addiction treatment with individualized care for those for whom this level-of-care is optimal. Beyond utilizing an evidence-based approach, AAR’s outpatient offering is often more “approachable” for those with financial and/or logistical challenges that would otherwise keep them from getting help. Read on to find out more about outpatient addiction treatment and how it works.
What is Outpatient Addiction Treatment?
Addiction treatment programs that don’t offer inpatient or residential treatment options are considered outpatient treatment. Clients don’t have a room. They don’t spend the night at the facility. Instead, they can come and go as they please, although they’re expected to show up for the treatment plan developed.
Outpatient addiction treatment generally allows for a longer duration of treatment, which is correlated with better outcomes. Inpatient facilities often have very tight restrictions on length-of-stay given the excess cost to the insurance providers.
When receiving outpatient addiction treatment, you work with AAR Healthcare to develop a treatment plan that works within your budget (including the use of healthcare insurance) while also allowing flexible scheduling to help you get the care you need to succeed without creating the potential challenges, among others, of not working and/or not being present with your family.
Some of the benefits of outpatient addiction treatment include:
- Helping you maintain employment or education as you continue treatment with a more flexible schedule.
- More affordable cost than inpatient addiction treatment programs.
- Continuation-of-care from other aspects of treatment, such as coming from an inpatient program or choosing a more intensive model than one-on-one therapy via an independent clinician.
- The ability to practice the coping mechanisms you learn during outpatient treatment in the real world. Then, if they aren’t working, you have real-time access to support during the day to keep you on track.
How Outpatient Addiction Treatment Works
Outpatient addiction treatment works differently depending on the program you choose. It’s essential to take the time to find the right treatment provider that resonates with you instead of the first one that comes along. Your confidence in the program will amplify the empowerment needed to make healthier choices in life.
We can’t speak to how other outpatient addiction programs work, only ours. At AAR Healthcare, we’re focused on ensuring our addiction treatment program is suitable for our clients. This includes being fully transparent on how our program works, all client expectations and requirements, and what client-specific decisions may be required to get the most out of outpatient treatment.
As we get to know you and your family, we can determine if our program is right for you. We don’t want to waste your time during this critical phase of recovery. We want to make sure you’re choosing the right addiction treatment for your needs.
AAR Healthcare’s outpatient addiction treatment program works like this:
- Discovery: This is where we get to know each other, you ask us questions, and we work together to determine if the AAR program is right for your needs. If it is, we move on to the next step.
- Enrollment: During this step, we get the paperwork out of the way. You’ll sign consent for treatment documents, confidentiality agreements, and documents saying you understand your financial responsibility when agreeing to our program.
- Assessment: Once you’re officially a client, we’ll perform a full medical assessment, including your family history. We’ll get a thorough idea of what your drug and/or alcohol use looks like and what underlying factors may be causing (or exacerbating) the addiction(s). We’ll also perform urine drug screening and, potentially, breathalyzer testing.
- Clinical Intake: You’ll meet one-on-one with our clinical team to identify what co-occurring mental health issues might be contributing to your addiction. We’ll customize our approach to your care with our unique blend of physician services, counseling, and recovery support.
Like any addiction treatment, outpatient programs are not – and should not – be one-size-fits-all. It’s important to take the time to research your options and pick the program that works well for you.
Different Types of Outpatient Addiction Treatment
Now that you know a bit about how AAR’s program works, some other terms/approaches you may come across include:
- Intensive-outpatient program (IOP): An IOP is a form of substance abuse rehabilitation in which people visit a treatment center several days a week for a few hours at a time. An IOP is more time-intensive than most standard outpatient programs. Unlike an inpatient program, it does not require participants to live at the facility.
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP): PHPs are often half-day “inpatient” treatment programs where the patient heads home or to a sober living community at the end of the day. During these inpatient hours, the patient attends therapy sessions, group counseling, skill-building courses, and other treatment programs depending on the support they need. Some PHP programs also offer housing for clients.
- Continuing-care: During ongoing treatment, the intensity and frequency of programming is reduced to allow for more “real world” integration of your new skills and approaches for managing your life and your holistic wellness. This time of your recovery is extra critical because, often, some of the issues that were deprioritized to focus on your substance use disorder now require attention. This dynamic can introduce new stressors in your life.
How Long Does Outpatient Addiction Treatment Take?
That’s up to you and what your path to recovery looks like. No two people are alike when it comes to addiction treatment. It’s important to realize and accept that.
You might stumble along the way. You might realize you need treatment for more than just addiction. Regardless of any potential struggles you face, AAR will be here to support you no matter how long the journey takes.
Many outpatient treatment plans start with a standard 30-, 60-, or 90-day program. At the end of each month, your care team works with you to decide what continuing support or treatment options are needed and whether a longer “stay” in outpatient addiction treatment is necessary for your recovery.
AAR does not subscribe to a predetermined plan for the duration of treatment; rather, we fully customize the duration and all other factors for each individual we treat.
When is Outpatient Addiction Treatment the Right Choice?
There are a variety of reasons why outpatient addiction treatment might be the best choice for you, such as:
- You require a flexible treatment schedule to work around your family life, a job, and/or educational commitments.
- You’d prefer an individualized outpatient treatment (versus a curriculum-based, one-size-fits-all inpatient program) plan to help deal with the real world as you navigate life in recovery.
- Inpatient addiction treatment is cost-prohibitive while care is typically more affordable and flexible, so you don’t have to quit a job to seek help. In many cases, outpatient treatment can be less than half the cost of inpatient treatment.
- You need to transition from inpatient addiction treatment to the real world, with outpatient being the next logical step on your recovery path based on your support needs.
Outpatient addiction treatment is a stepping stone to maintaining addiction recovery and holistic wellness AAR Healthcare exists to help you on your path to recovery.
How to Find an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Program
Not all outpatient addiction treatment programs are the same, nor should they be.
It is prudent to research sufficiently to find the right fit for you, your specific addiction(s), and your ongoing support needs. Listen to your instincts when asking questions and researching options.
If you’re looking for an outpatient addiction treatment program, AAR Healthcare recommends the following:
- Research, research, research. Take the time to learn about, at least, two suitable options. Read reviews, call the facilities to ask questions, and take whatever other steps that will allow you to feel comfortable with your decision.
- Ask questions about how they determine treatment options. AAR Healthcare prides itself on providing individualized addiction treatment because we know it works. If you’re looking for a one-size-fits-all program based on a singular approach or modality, AAR is not likely the right solution for you.
- Don’t settle. If you’re not getting the answers you need or feel a particular facility is leaving out information, trust your “gut” and research other options.
AAR Healthcare Offers Individualized Outpatient Addiction Treatment
If you or a loved one is ready to get help for addiction, AAR Healthcare is prepared to support that journey. Our team will get to know you, explain how our program works, and we’ll collaborate to determine the best way for you to get the support you need to overcome your addiction(s). Contact us today to find out if our outpatient addiction program is right for you.