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What is Outpatient Treatment?
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.
Types of Outpatient Treatment
There are three levels of outpatient care that are designed to step the client down with successively reduced daily programming in preparation for the client returning to life outside of treatment.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
Asana Recovery’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is designed to be the next step for clients immediately following detox and residential treatment. This program provides a higher level of daily structure and support, offering various therapy modalities, including massage therapy and self-management and recovery training (SMART), as well as experiential therapies, such as motion and art therapy.
In PHP, the client will begin participation in our AVEnues Program, which utilizes a commitment to pursue Academics, Volunteering and Employment to assist with reintegration into the outside community. Clients are given the opportunity to prioritize their personal interests in Academics, Volunteering, or Employment. When deciding which avenue to take, various factors are taken into consideration, including existing skills, past education and career goals, as well as any causes that are close to a client’s heart. The assigned counselor will work with the client individually to provide guidance towards the path that will be most beneficial to the client’s overall success in recovery.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Once a client has developed a foundation and some stability in sobriety, they can continue with treatment and therapy on an outpatient basis. We realize that getting sober is just the first step, so the emphasis of our Intensive Outpatient Program is to continue therapy and reinforce the life skills and coping techniques that clients have learned in residential treatment and/or the partial hospitalization program. We encourage clients to become self-advocates and to start to reintegrate back into the community. This is an opportunity for them to employ their new-found sober living skills more independently, while continuing to receive regular ongoing clinical support from our treatment team.
Outpatient Program (OP)
By the time the client has reached the basic outpatient level of care, they should have a firm foothold back into life outside of treatment with either a job, school or volunteer situation. The outpatient programs at Asana recovery offer increased flexibility, though clients are still required to attend programming and meet with their therapist and case manager on a regular basis to ensure they are maintaining their sobriety and moving forward in their recovery. This program is the final phase of institutionally-based addiction treatment before the client is considered to be strong enough to maintain their sobriety solely through community-based programs, including 12-step meetings.