Option 3: Outpatient Rehab
Inpatient rehab means living at the facility for the duration of your stay and outpatient rehab lets you live, work, and tend to your other responsibilities while attending some level of rehab daily or weekly. Since outpatient rehab offers less intensive services, it is a better option for people with less severe addictions and a fantastic support system at home.
Even though outpatient rehab is less concentrated than inpatient, the service can be quite intense. Outpatient rehab comes in three levels:
- Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs). PHPs, sometimes called day programs, involve about 30 hours of treatment each week with the patients attending services at least 5 days per week.
- Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs). IOPs are the middle level of outpatient rehab and consist of about 9 hours of treatment each week divided between 2 or 3 days.
- Standard outpatient. Standard outpatient rehab involves just one hour of therapy each week, biweekly, or monthly depending on the needs of the individual.
Along with these therapy programs, many outpatient rehab programs will provide medication management for addiction and mental health concerns. In these situations, the prescriptions will be recommended by psychiatrists or nurse practitioners.
Since outpatient rehab does not have the time or resources of inpatient/ residential rehab, the individual will be tasked with completing more recovery-related activities outside of formal treatment to maintain sobriety.
Option 4: Support Groups
To this point, the rehab options have all referred to professional services conducted by trained, experienced, and paid recovery experts, but there is another option – support groups. Support groups are informal group meetings that are usually led and maintained by other people in recovery.
Well-known groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are good examples of support groups. People may be wary about entering into a room full of people in recovery, but these group meetings are great ways to complement and extend the benefits of professional treatment.
Chances are, there is an available meeting close to your home just waiting to offer you the fellowship, community, and support you need.
How to Choose the Right Rehab
You’ve got detox, inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, and support groups. How can anyone possibly choose the right rehab for them?
Don’t worry. There is good news.
You don’t have to choose just one form of treatment. Many of these treatment options can be mixed and matched to help you find the best fit for your needs at the moment.
For example, someone in outpatient detox can also engage in outpatient rehab and support groups. Even some inpatient rehab programs offer access to support groups to ease people into the community.
In other situations, people will progress through each form of treatment sequentially. These people may start with inpatient detox before moving to inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, and finally, support groups.
Even outpatient rehab can be moved through with people beginning at PHP before moving to IOP and finally standard outpatient. With so many available forms of treatment, there is something out there to help you.
The important thing is that you seek the treatment you really need to make your life full of happiness, good health, and stability. Drugs only stand in your way.