Many prospective patients mistakenly believe that there’s only one kind of rehab. In reality, rehab programs come in many different varieties. Patients don’t have to be in treatment 24/7 to experience a successful recovery. Explore some of our outpatient programs and see why outpatient care can be so beneficial.
The Benefits of Outpatient Care
Inpatient programs are around-the-clock, offering patients treatment as well as all meals and accommodation. In contrast, outpatient care is any form of treatment where the patients spend at least some time on their own and off the premises. While both formats can be effective, outpatient programs certainly offer some appealing benefits.
To start, outpatient programs allow patients to retain some semblance of their normal lives. Patients might still be able to go to work, attend meetings or have dinner with their families each night. For those who don’t want to give up their lifestyles for recovery, outpatient programs allow for the best of both worlds.
Being able to maintain a normal schedule also means patients have more privacy about their health. It’s up to each patient to decide whether to share his or her story. In outpatient programs, patients have the freedom to make that choice according to their own schedule.
Outpatient programs are often less expensive overall, as well. This is simply because there’s no additional cost for extra services, like accommodation. Whether or not insurance covers treatment, lowering the cost might be appealing.
Outpatient programs also let patients remain with their families. Often, family members are the best support group available. Outpatient programs utilize this support to the fullest.
Partial Treatment Program
Partial treatment programs at The Hills Treatment Center are full-time. However, patients go home at the end of each day. These programs are usually six or seven days each week, and they last from morning until early or late evening.
A partial treatment program really is just like an inpatient program. The therapies, treatments, and schedule are identical. Patients will participate in the same activities, just some of which can include the following:
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Individual therapy sessions
- Group counseling
- Relapse prevention education
- Fitness activities like group classes or yoga
- Shared meals
- Social activities
Intensive Outpatient Program
The next step down in terms of care is the intensive outpatient program. Rather than taking up the entire day, this program is just a few hours at a time. Often, patients choose these programs so that they can continue with their daily obligations but still benefit from outpatient drug rehabilitation.
The exact schedule of an intensive outpatient program can be unique for every patient. Some patients might focus on treating a dual diagnosis or a history of trauma. Others may focus exclusively on relapse prevention and learning better stress management techniques.
Sober Living Programs
A sober living program can be an effective way to transition from a residential program to a fully independent lifestyle. Sober living programs offer accommodation where sobriety is mandatory. Since the environment is secure, residents experience fewer overall temptations.
Sober living programs also offer companionship. Patients can socialize with peers and commit to recovery without worrying about being judged.
Sober Companionship Programs
A sober coach, also known as a sober companion, is one way to remain in outpatient and still access around-the-clock support. Many patients need to return to ordinary life quickly, but temptations still abound. While patients are in that period where relapse is likely, a sober companion may be the answer. Companions can be present at work, be accessed over the phone or go anywhere that stress and triggers are likely.
Outpatient care can be incredibly effective. At The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles, California, you’ll have several options for your outpatient recovery. Call us today at 866-323-4665 to find the best plan for your lifelong sobriety.