OUTPATIENT TREATMENT PROGRAMS
- December 9, 2019
Programs can vary in their expected length of stay, or in the anticipated, active duration of intensive outpatient treatment. Outpatient programs can last anywhere from a few months up to a year, or longer. However, many courses of treatment range from 12 to 16 weeks before people transition to a less intensive phase of treatment. From. this point, they remain in the maintenance stage for 6 months or longer.
Outpatient treatment works by groups forming the core of many of the programs. Most outpatient programs put people in multiple, different kinds of groups throughout the course of treatment. Generally, these include support, interpersonal process, psychoeducational, and skills-development groups. Group counseling helps programs balance the cost of more costly individual counseling services.
- During the first stage of addiction treatment, your rehab counselor identifies how issues (with respect to substance abuse) have displayed themselves in your life. You’ll then be assessed for psychological, physical, and social functioning; your family may also be interviewed to gain a deeper understanding of your social support network. Along with this, the counselor outlines program rules and expectations and works to resolve any immediate problems.
- Early recovery is the beginning stage of learning about addiction, how it impacts your life, and the psychological issues that steer your alcohol or drug use. This period is not an easy one, and typically requires extreme transparency, involves various emotions, and may even be uncomfortable. Educational and highly structured activities (with group involvement) are included; new habits and routines help you build recovery skills, acknowledge lapses, and create a substance-free lifestyle. Treatment during this time will consist of individual, one on one counseling, as well as group sessions.
Learning to Maintain
- Once stages one and two of your treatment are completed, it is time to enter outpatient treatment programs and begin the maintenance phase. This means you have successfully been stabilized, became abstinent, displayed a commitment to change, and developed relapse prevention skills. (Despite this, relapse can and does take place during this stage.)
A two-week overlap between previous and current groups usually eases the transition to longer term, step down treatment phases. You can expect to be placed in more homogeneous groups with members possessing similar values and interests as you, if possible. Accomplishments of retaining what you’ve learned include:
- Solidified abstinence
- Implemented relapse prevention skills
- Improved emotional functioning
- Wider sober social networks
- Other problem areas being addressed and resolved
Transitioning Into Long-Term Care
- This stage is based around an individualized, detailed discharge plan for continuing recovery in the community, by utilizing available resources. The goal is to leave with a realistic plan for continuous recovery. As part of continuing care services, programs normally sponsor alumni meetings and provide counseling sessions as checkups. Weekly telephone contact periodically can also help you during recovery. Other factors of continuing care can include:
- Medical care
- Family therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Vocational training
The closely monitored detox and in-home treatment programs at Asana Recovery are offered in an environment that is structured, yet relaxing and supportive. Our team holds a deep commitment to ensuring a positive outcome for your recovery, and leading you towards a healthier and happier future. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our state of the art drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.