When an individual who is struggling with addiction is at the point where they have a relatively low risk of relapse, a high level of motivation to stop using drugs, and a strong support system to help get through rehab, outpatient treatment may be the best option for them.

Outpatient treatment is usually the last stop on the journey to overcome addiction. This less intensive program gives clients the ability to begin rebuilding, the freedom to start making healthy choices for themselves and the foundation to help them overcome any obstacles that may pop up in early sobriety.

While outpatient treatment is the last stop for many, it may be the first for those who have not suffered severe consequences due to their substance abuse disorder. Many people choose outpatient treatment because it gives them the ability to continue working and living at home while attending treatment. This balance between life and newfound sobriety is a delicate dance meant to allow the individual to find their own way while having the support and accountability of a team of addiction professionals.

Still, even with outpatient treatment, the length of time spent in the program can have a profound effect on treatment outcomes and the ability to maintain recovery afterward. The following provides some details about how outpatient treatment can work for people who are working toward recovery from drug abuse.

How Outpatient Treatment Works

Unlike residential programs or even some intensive outpatient programs, clients are not isolated from negatively influencing factors. Clients must voluntarily abstain from drug and alcohol use, which requires a greater amount of diligence. However, the benefit of this is that outpatient treatment still provides a support network for clients in the form of group therapy, individual therapy, family counseling, and more. This ensures that clients are never alone in their recovery. Patients are also encouraged to attend outside support groups and begin building a sober support network there.

Outpatient programs also focus on family support and involvement and an immediately positive element of outpatient treatment is that patients can automatically apply the lessons learned from outpatient treatment programs to their daily experiences. From there they can take what they have learned back into the therapeutic environment and make continual progress towards building a brighter future for themselves and their family.