What is Outpatient Drug Rehab

A recent study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that about ten percent of Americans have had a drug use disorder at some point in their lives. This means that one in ten people in this country will struggle with some sort of drug addiction in their lifetime.

Many forms of addiction can be overcome with proper treatment. But not all cases are the same. That’s why many addiction recovery centers provide multiple programs to help meet patients where they are. One of the ways we do that here at Isaiah House is by providing outpatient drug rehab.

In this article, we’ll dive into what outpatient drug rehab is, the difference between outpatient and inpatient treatment, and who can benefit from outpatient rehab.

Outpatient addiction treatment

Outpatient drug rehab is a type of addiction treatment that provides services to patients who are not admitted into a residential or inpatient program. Patients who attend outpatient drug rehab typically live at home and continue to work or go to school while receiving treatment. People who attend outpatient drug rehab usually do so because they do not need the more intense level of care that is provided in an inpatient setting.

Another reason someone may attend outpatient rehab is that they do not have the time or resources to move into an inpatient facility. They may have responsibilities that prevent them from living in a rehab facility full-time. Outpatient drug treatment provides a way for more people to get the help they need to battle addiction.

The difference between inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment

The main difference between outpatient and inpatient drug rehab is the level of intensity of care. Inpatient drug rehab programs provide a higher level of care because patients are living at the facility. This allows for 24-hour care and supervision. Patients in inpatient programs also have more access to therapy and other treatment modalities because they are not working or going to school.

Outpatient drug rehab programs provide a less intense level of care. Patients who attend outpatient drug rehab continue to live at home and go to work or school while receiving treatment. Outpatient drug rehab programs typically provide fewer hours of therapy than inpatient programs. But outpatient programs can still be very effective in helping people overcome addiction.

Outpatient drug rehab services

Outpatient drug rehab programs typically provide multiple different services that help people overcome addiction. At Isaiah House, we believe in a holistic approach to recovery, so we offer services to address the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of addiction.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-approved medications to address the physical aspects of addiction. Suboxone, Vivitrol, or Sublocade are the medications often used to ease the intense symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

Assisted is the keyword in Medication-Assisted Treatment. The medication alone is not enough to overcome addiction. The medicine should be used alongside other methods.

Case management

Case management involves planning and coordinating of different health and social services that are individualized to meet a particular client’s needs. Depending on the situation, case management may be done by a registered nurse, a social worker, or a case manager.

Peer support

A supportive community is a major key to long-term addiction recovery. Peer support specialists help provide social support to people who are struggling with a substance use disorder.

A peer support specialist is someone who is in active recovery from addiction and is helping others along their own journeys. These specialists have completed a certification program that trains them in how to provide peer support. In Kentucky, a person must complete 30 hours of training and pass both a written and oral test to qualify as a support specialist.

Individual and group therapy

Therapy is an important part of outpatient drug rehab. Addiction counseling sessions help patients address the psychological aspects of their addiction. It allows patients to talk about their experiences with addiction and recovery in a safe and confidential setting.

Individual therapy allows patients to work one-on-one with a therapist. This type of counseling can be helpful for patients who want to explore their addiction in depth.

Group therapy allows patients to share their experiences with addiction and recovery with others who are going through the same thing. It can also be a place where patients can learn from each other. They can share strategies for coping with cravings and avoiding triggers.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment through Isaiah House

We provide confidential intensive outpatient and outpatient substance use disorder treatment through Real Hope Behavioral Health. If you cannot leave your family or your job and require a lower level of treatment, you may be a candidate for outpatient treatment.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, reach out to us today. We’d love to walk with you on the road to recovery.


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