Outpatient Treatment

Updated December 9, 2021

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What is Outpatient Treatment?

Outpatient treatment is a form of alcohol, drug, and or mental health rehabilitation where patients typically visit a treatment center regularly, during specific hours and days of the week.

We treat people with a wide range of addiction and mental health issues, including substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Outpatient programs have several formats with different levels of intensity and with a wide range of services. But the general focus is on counseling, education, and providing a network of support.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Outpatient treatment for substance abuse can be an ideal option if you have the motivation to get sober but live a busy life or attend school. Addiction to alcohol or other drugs is a spectrum disorder, meaning the condition can be classified as either mild, moderate, or severe.

For those individuals classified to be on the more severe end of the spectrum, inpatient treatment may be the better fit.

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Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

Outpatient mental health treatment is for anyone struggling with life’s challenges. Whether you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or you are seeking answers from our mental health professionals, we can help you build a healthier life for yourself or a loved one.

Outpatient mental health care is also important if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and you don’t know how to help them or yourself.

Types of Outpatient Treatments

The general types of outpatient rehab fall into the following three categories:

  • Partial hospitalization programs (PHP), also sometimes referred to as day treatment. This program has a multidisciplinary treatment team that includes medical and clinical support staff qualified to treat complex conditions. Or also patients who require high-level care or mental health support but do not need 24-hour help.
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). This program also provides the same multidisciplinary team that PHP offers but with less medical and clinical support. Individuals typically will attend between 10 and 20 hours of treatment on a weekly basis.
  • Standard Outpatient Program (OP). This type of program is designed to help individuals focus on changing behavioral attributes associated with substance abuse. There is little, if any, medical treatment offered in this level of care. Typically treatment consists of fewer than 10 hours of treatment each week.

What is the Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment?

Both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs offer therapies to help individuals overcome addiction or mental health conditions. But two main factors differentiate the two.

  • Where the patient will reside, inpatient treatment lets individuals reside and stay at the rehab facility for the duration of their treatment. Those attending an outpatient program, on the other hand, will live at home and travel to the rehab facility.
  • The level of medical and clinical support. Our facilities are equipped with staff and tools to care for individuals with substance use disorders or require medically managed withdrawals or mental health conditions. Inpatient treatment can provide 24-hour clinical care and support and group-based services.
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