Outpatient drug treatment centers allow you to live at home while going through rehab. These programs are typically more convenient and cheaper for those who cannot leave their homes or jobs for an extended time. Outpatient treatment also serves as transitional support if you have entered inpatient treatment for more severe addictions.
During this type of treatment, you may choose to go to counseling or therapy between eight hours a day and three to four hours a week. The time you spend in treatment depends on the type of program you are in and how severe your 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 those 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 you receive counseling between three to five times per week, but sessions can be scheduled at your convenience. Partial hospitalization is for individuals who need medical supervision. You meet at the hospital for four to six hours a day before returning to a stable living environment. Therapy and counseling include group counseling sessions, individual therapy, and family therapy. These group sessions help you identify triggers and new coping methods.