Upwards of 20 million Americans struggle with addiction, but only about one in ten receive the treatment they need to begin recovery. Not enough people have access to the care they need. One of the ways addiction treatment facilities, like CeDAR in Denver, CO, make it easier for people to receive help for addiction is to offer options. The more choices and opportunities available, the better someone’s chances of being able to make addiction treatment work. Outpatient addiction treatment is one of the options available to you when you are ready to begin recovery.
What is outpatient addiction treatment? In its simplest terms, it is addiction treatment done on an outpatient basis, meaning you sleep at home but attend rehab therapies and meetings during the day or evening hours. Learn more about the many benefits of outpatient addiction treatment and how you can fit it into your life. Reach out to CeDAR today by calling to speak to one of our staff at 720.848.3000.
What Is Outpatient Addiction Treatment?
What do CeDAR’s outpatient and inpatient addiction treatment programs have in common? They both offer evidence-based therapies provided by an experienced staff of medical and psychotherapeutic professionals.
The differences have nothing to do with the quality of care, who provides it, or where you receive it. The main differences are:
- Level of care
- Where you sleep
- Your time commitment
Outpatient addiction treatment can vary in the intensity of care provided. The three most common outpatient programs are:
- Regular or low-intensity outpatient program (OP) – These programs typically meet three to four hours, three days a week, for a total of up to 12 hours weekly.
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP) – These programs usually require about three to five hours per day, five days a week, for up to 25 hours weekly.
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP) – These programs require about six hours per day, five days per week, for 30 hours weekly. However, some PHPs offer seven-day-a-week programs with slightly fewer hours daily.
Based on your addiction history and your medical and psychiatric records, your care team will establish and explain what level of care is best for your case. You can choose which program to undergo with that information while considering your particular needs.
Benefits of Outpatient Rehab
There is more than one route to outpatient rehab, and many reasons people choose outpatient addiction treatment as they begin recovery. Some choose outpatient as a step down from a short-term intensive inpatient program, while others start with outpatient treatment because it works best for them. Some of the benefits of an outpatient program are the following.
Keeping up with Responsibilities and Commitments
This is one of the most common reasons people choose outpatient addiction treatment. You can keep going to work or attending school, caring for your children, and meeting many or most of your responsibilities. Depending on the time commitment and the level of care you are receiving, not all outpatient programs are equally easy to juggle outside obligations. However, even high-intensity outpatient programs like an IOP or PHP are usually available at flexible times, such as later in the work day or on weekends, to provide flexibility.
Enjoying the Comfort and Support of Home
Though there are benefits to being in residence during addiction treatment, there are equally important benefits to living at home during outpatient treatment. Again, this is a personal matter—choosing outpatient treatment must come with the following:
- A completely trigger-free home environment
- A good support network at home
- A non-severe case of addiction
For many people, sleeping in their own bed in a home with their own family and friends helps them experience drug rehab with tremendous success.
Being Able to Afford Addiction Treatment
Outpatient addiction treatment is typically less expensive than inpatient rehab because you are not paying for room and board or clinical treatment. About a month of residential care can often cost as much as three months of outpatient treatment. Depending on your insurance coverage, deductibles, and out-of-pocket limits, you may find outpatient rehab puts less strain on your finances.
Outpatient addiction treatment is ideal for many people beginning or continuing their rehab journey toward sobriety and wellness.
Learn More About Outpatient Addiction Treatment at CeDAR
At CeDAR, you’ll have access to outpatient programs that include partial hospitalization. Our therapies and treatments—including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), medication management, and trauma-informed care—are provided by leaders in their fields, experienced and compassionate professionals. Let CeDAR help you begin recovery safely and in good hands. Reach out to learn more about CeDAR’s outpatient addiction treatment program. Call 720.848.3000 or fill out our online form.