21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older struggled with substance use disorder in 2014. This is according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). One in every eight of them battled with both drug and alcohol use disorders. Substance use disorder, or addiction, may be diagnosed in someone who abuses drugs or alcohol and is unable to control cravings and use despite the harm it causes to their health and life, in general.
Professional treatment at an inpatient or outpatient addiction center is usually required to help them overcome substance abuse. But NSDUH reported that in 2013 95% of those needing specialized substance abuse treatment didn’t get it because they felt they didn’t need it. Nevertheless, with over 4,500 facilities across the US offering addiction treatment, you can find an outpatient center with programs to facilitate your recovery.
What is Outpatient Addiction Treatment?
Traditional outpatient is level 1 care for substance abuse and dependency. It is further divided into intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization which are both level 2 care. This makes it easier to match patients to various levels of care.
Outpatient substance abuse treatment can be used as a “step up” or “step down” program in the process of receiving comprehensive treatment under a multi-layered plan. For example, if you’re not ready to commit to full-fledged inpatient treatment (level 3), you could use this as a stepping stone to prepare yourself mentally for residential rehab. Or, you may have completed detox inpatient and can continue to recover with outpatient care or therapy.
Types of Outpatient Treatment
The Detox Center of L.A. offers two main types of outpatient treatment programs that provide various levels of care to suit your needs. They may differ in duration, lasting for 30, 60, or 90 days depending on the level of intensity and your recovery needs.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
Partial hospitalization provides access to medical and psychiatric care at the same location but you won’t be required to stay overnight. Both intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs are highly structured and intensely focused on recovery.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The IOP is typically suitable for people with moderate addiction who may need treatment for certain co-occurring disorders, yet do not need treatment in a round-the-clock, medically-supervised setting. You’ll be able to undergo medical detox under the supervision of medical professionals but will go home at the end of each day.
Benefits of Outpatient Treatment
PHP and IOP treatment are great options for individuals who recognize that recovery from drug and alcohol addiction requires support and structure past just the detox and residential levels of care. PHP and IOP offer clients accountability and care while at the same time preparing them for what their lives will be like after treatment. Our individualized approach at The Detox Center of L.A. assists the client with every step of early sobriety and our goal is to make their time with us as enriching and meaningful as possible and to set each client up with the best possible chance of success as they move forward with their lives.
Therapy Methods for Substance Abuse
Outpatient addiction treatment centers offer similar programs to those offered at a residential rehab. They are also delivered in a systematic way to help you get the highest quality of recovery care at various stages of treatment. Programs and therapies that are typically included in the treatment plan are:
- Medication-assisted therapy (MAT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Family therapy and couples counseling
- Holistic healing methods
- Occupational skills training
- Educational training
- 12-step programs
- Relapse prevention planning
- Referral to continuing care groups, e.g., AA, NA, or Al-Anon
Behavioral therapies may be done in an individual or group setting. This aspect of addiction treatment is vital as it seeks to treat co-occurring mental disorders that trigger substance use. The therapist will help you to understand how your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors influence drug or alcohol abuse. You will learn to develop positive coping skills to help you manage substance use triggers in your home, work, and social environments. Those who go to therapy have a higher chance of successful recovery and sustained sobriety.
Is Outpatient Treatment Right for Me?
The decision to undergo outpatient treatment depends on a number of factors which the professional medical and psychiatric team will discuss with you during intake and evaluation. Ultimately, the decision may hinge on whether your current lifestyle supports inpatient as opposed to outpatient therapy. Nevertheless, those who make good candidates for outpatient care are men and women who:
- Struggle with mild to moderate addiction
- Do not need or already went through detox
- Need touch-up treatment
- Have a low risk of relapse
- Have an unstable mental disorder
- Can detox without the need for overnight medical supervision
- Are able to manage substance use triggers in their environment
- Are not willing to commit to residential treatment
- Are committed to upkeeping their sobriety
- Need to keep working or care for loved ones
- Cannot afford the cost of inpatient treatment
Outpatient Drug And Alcohol Treatment At The Detox Center of L.A.
Your decision to seek treatment is life-changing. The trained doctors and mental health professionals at The Detox Center of L.A. will formulate an individualized treatment plan that is ideal for you. They’ll consider the severity of your addiction, the existence of co-occurring disorders, and extenuating circumstances when deciding if an outpatient program is right for you. Both detox and therapy are delivered in a safe environment by a caring and compassionate staff. Call today to speak with an admissions counselor to start the treatment process.
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