Recovery Process

Outpatient Options

You Have Options

If you’ve decided to seek treatment for a substance abuse issue, congratulations you’ve taken the first step toward a richer, healthier, and more fulfilling life. As you walk along this path, one of the first choices you’ll be faced with is whether you’ll choose an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program. In some cases, you might choose both, entering an inpatient program for a set period, then transitioning to an outpatient program. You may also choose one or the other from the get-go.

Outpatient programs are varied–and have multiple benefits. But if you’re strategizing whether to go outpatient or inpatient from the get-go, there are certain questions you should ask yourself. Click here to read more–and decide which path to take first.

Advantages of Outpatient Programs

One of the primary advantages of an outpatient rehabilitation program is the ease of remaining in touch with your life and loved ones. At the end of the day following treatment, you are free to return home. This might be especially important if you’re raising a family or have certain commitments, such as work, school, or people depending on you for support. Outpatient programs are also generally less expensive than inpatient programs, which can be an important factor if you don’t have insurance, or if your insurance won’t cover inpatient treatment.

Types of Treatment

Many different types of substance abuse treatment may be employed in an outpatient rehabilitation program. Most commonly, some type of therapy will be involved, though the exact form of therapy will depend on the specific program as well as your own unique needs and concerns.

Some of the most commonly employed forms of therapy include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which examines the relationship between thoughts, thinking errors, and behaviors. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is one popular form of CBT that incorporates Buddhist ideas about mindfulness and treats drug issues through the lens of acceptance and change. Other forms of therapy include multidimensional family therapy, a popular choice for teen rehab that incorporates the family, and hypnotherapy, which uses hypnosis as part of a therapy to treat substance abuse issues.

In all of these cases, the underlying principle is the same. Therapy seeks to root out the individual causes that led you to drugs in the first place. Whether they’re thinking errors, a mood disorder, or another cause, it is only once these underlying issues are addressed that true recovery can be accomplished.

If you or your loved one is suffering at the hands of drug addiction, there is hope an outpatient rehab program may be the answer.

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