Outpatient treatment is the recommended next step for clients following detox and residential treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. An outpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment program does not require the client to live in a residential treatment facility. While this is not the recommended approach for people who have not yet been to rehab, it can be very beneficial for clients transitioning from inpatient treatment or for those who are simply not willing or able to go to inpatient treatment. With outpatient treatment, work and home situations and schedules are less disrupted by the treatment plan. Typically, a client in an outpatient program will need to attend day and/or evening sessions throughout the week for individual, group counseling and therapy, as well as attending off-site support groups. There are different levels of outpatient treatment.
Asana Recovery’s outpatient program offers drug and alcohol treatment sessions that can be scheduled at various times during the week, providing some flexibility to clients who may have significant obligations outside of treatment. This schedule allows clients to continue with their regular responsibilities and continue living at home or at a sober living facility, though they are required to attend treatment sessions at their appointed times for counseling, therapy and medication, as applicable.
Outpatient programs come in a variety of formats and differing levels of intensity, and offer an array of services—but the general focus is on counseling, case management, education and providing a foundation of support for continued success in recovery.
Studies have shown that the longer clients stay in treatment, the greater their changes of success.
“Aftercare is crucial once an individual has completed drug or alcohol treatment and is in recovery. There is a continuity of care that should be followed once initial treatment is completed. Our study shows that the absence of such treatment after 30 days significantly reduces the chances of the patient maintaining their sobriety,” said Dr. Akikur Mohammad, of the University of Southern California, who led one study.