Outpatient drug rehab is a therapy-based type of addiction treatment that DOES NOT include on-site living/housing arrangements. Outpatient facilities provide general rehab services, such as psychological and behavioral treatment, in a clinical setting. These programs give you the freedom to remain in a job or with your family while seeking treatment for drug addiction.
Who should attend outpatient rehab? People who are able to This type of rehab requires a certain level of participation per day or week in group/individual activities, but does not require that you remain at a facility full time. Most outpatient rehabs recommend 6-9 hours per week, while more intensive programs include 9+ hours of therapy.
Outpatient drug rehab goals
There are several goals of outpatient drug rehab. Of these goals, the most important is recovery from drug abuse. During drug rehab you will learn how to cope with life and how to get through difficulties without using drugs. In addition to drug-free living, harm reduction may also be encouraged. Here is a complete list of potential outpatient drug rehab goals:
What happens during outpatient drug rehab?
1. Screening and intake
During screening, rehab staff use diagnostic criteria to determine whether your drug use constitutes abuse. If you are found ineligible or inappropriate for outpatient drug rehab, staff will suggest an alternative program. Important factors for screening for drug abuse include:
- the nature of the substance abuse
- your physical condition
- your psychological function
- outside support/resources
- previous treatment efforts
- personal motivation
When you are found to be eligible for outpatient drug rehab, you will be asked to complete various forms. Typically, you fill out an admission or intake sheet, complete appropriate releases of information, submit financial data, sign a consent for treatment, and are assigned your primary counselor during this phase of treatment.
During orientation, staff of the outpatient rehab center will describe to you the general nature and goals of the program, rules governing conduct and infractions that can lead to disciplinary action or discharge from the program, the hours during which services are available, treatment costs, and client rights.
Next, an outpatient drug rehab should take you through the process of intake and assessment. The goal of assessment is to identify and evaluate your individual strengths, weaknesses, problems, and needs for the development of a drug addiction treatment plan. During this process the facility staff will assess your current condition, define the nature of drug abuse or addiction and determine a specific treatment plan for you as an individual.
4. Drug testing
Typically, when entering an outpatient facility you will be drug tested as a formality. Drug testing happens in order to keep everyone at the clinic safe.
5. The facilitation of treatment modalities
Groups form the crux of most outpatient drug rehab programs. In fact, group counseling and therapies are at the core of outpatient drug treatment. Core services provided by outpatient drug rehabs may include:
- 24-hour crisis coverage
- Case management
- Community-based support groups
- Family involvement and counseling
- Individual counseling
- Monitoring drug use
- Psycho-educational programming
- Vocational training and employment services
Groups are favored during outpatient drug rehab because they provide opportunities for clients to develop communication skills and participate in socialization experiences. These kinds of interactions are particularly useful for individuals whose socializing has revolved around using drugs.
Establishing an environment in which clients help, support, and, when necessary, confront one another, is also important. Groups also provide norms that reinforce healthful ways of interacting and a safe and supportive.