Outpatient drug treatment centers allow clients to live at home while going through rehab. These programs are typically more convenient and cheaper for clients who cannot leave their homes or jobs for an extended time. Outpatient treatment also serves as transitional support for clients who have entered inpatient treatment for more severe addictions.
During this type of treatment, clients may choose to go to counseling or therapy between eight hours a day and three to four hours a week. The time a client spends in treatment depends on the type of program they are in and how severe their addiction is.
Although outpatient treatment is not as extensive as residential drug treatment facilities are, there are programs that offer specialized care. Fortunately, many of these programs provide around-the-clock support for clients who may find it difficult to undergo treatment while living at home.
There are three main categories of outpatient drug treatment: intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and therapy and counseling. Intensive outpatient treatment focuses on relapse prevention. It is recommended that clients receive counseling between three to five times per week, but sessions can be scheduled at the client’s convenience. Partial hospitalization is for individuals who need medical supervision. They meet at the hospital for four to six hours a day before they return to a stable living environment. Therapy and counseling include group counseling sessions, individual therapy, and family therapy. These group sessions help the client identify triggers and new coping methods.