Types of Outpatient Treatment

All addiction recovery programs are designed to fit the lifestyle of the individual who is in need of treatment. There are a variety of outpatient treatment programs that offer clients various services. Each program doesn’t have to look the same. The various levels of care that most addiction treatment programs provide include detox, inpatient treatment, and outpatient treatment.

Outpatient treatment programs are options for individuals who need more flexibility in their lives. Individuals who have career or family obligations often do not have the time to attend inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment is a type of treatment in which the individual lives at the facility 24/7 and is supported by a medical and clinical team 24/7. Inpatient treatment programs are the best option for people with severe substance-use disorders.

However, as mentioned above, outpatient treatment programs offer more flexibility. These programs offer various practices in healing the mental, psychological, and emotional dependence that comes with a drug or alcohol addiction. Outpatient treatment programs allow individuals to have control over their schedule while still working to maintain their goal of long term recovery.

Below are the various types of outpatient treatment programs:

Partial Hospitalization or Day Treatment

Partial Hospitalization Programs are the most structured and intense outpatient treatment programs. They are the highest level of outpatient treatment programs and typically meet five to seven days a week for six hours per day. Some individuals can start treatment in a PHP program and succeed. However, there are some individuals who may need a higher level of care and in these instances, they are transferred to an inpatient treatment program.

The goal of a PHP or Day/Night program is to allow recovery from addiction to take place in an environment in which the individual can then transition back into a normal life.

The program length of a PHP program will vary depending on your individual circumstance. Most programs are 30, 60, or 90 days. However, it is important that the treatment center develop an individualized treatment plan to best determine how long an individual should attend a partial hospitalization program.

In a PHP program, an individual will attend group therapy, individual therapy, and a heavy emphasis will be placed on relapse prevention and life skills. A PHP program is offered during the day and typically consists of a 6 – 8 hour schedule 5 days a week. At night, the individual will then return home and or to a structured sober living home.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

The second type of outpatient treatment program is known as intensive outpatient treatment or IOP. These types of outpatient treatment programs are less structured than PHP because of the time commitment in an IOP Program. Typically IOP programs will require the individual to attend three days a week, for at least 2 – 4 hours. Some intensive outpatient programs will have schedules during the day, while others will offer evening IOP.

Intensive outpatient programs allow individuals to continue living at home while continuing in their career, school, or family obligations. Some individuals will live in transitional living homes while attending an intensive outpatient program. Outpatient treatment allows those individuals who have supportive and safe community environments to undergo addiction treatment in privacy. Outpatient treatment allows individuals to further heal from their addiction and build a healthy support network while in treatment.

Intensive outpatient treatment accommodates individuals with busy schedules. As discussed, there are day programs and evening programs for IOP treatment.

Outpatient Treatment

An outpatient treatment program is the lowest level of care in addiction treatment. Outpatient programs are typically attended by individuals who have completed PHP or IOP. These programs are less structured than PHP’s and IOP’s, but are still effective in helping people to continue to grow in their recovery.

Some outpatient treatment programs offer continuing care groups. This is referred to as aftercare. These counseling groups typically meet one day per week and are there to help an individual transition back into normal life.

Outpatient treatment does not offer around the clock, 24/7 care. If individuals suffer from severe addictions, it is recommended that they live in a structed sober living home in order to create a supportive community. Individuals in outpatient treatment are afforded more flexibility. With flexibility comes freedom and some individuals will not be successful in outpatient treatment as they can’t compete with their cravings and triggers. In these instances, it is recommended that an individual go to inpatient treatment before returning to outpatient treatment.

At LA Outpatient, we believe in compassionate, quality care. Our highly trained staff of addiction experts will work with you to overcome your addiction. If you are wondering if outpatient treatment at LA Outpatient is right for you, please call us at (818) 696-5019 so we can guide you and answer any of your questions about enrolling in treatment at LA Outpatient.