What is Outpatient Treatment?
Outpatient addiction treatment can be very beneficial for patients with substance use disorders or those who may or may not have become physically dependent on their substance of choice but are still serious about getting sober. Outpatient treatment programs come in a variety of formats and vary in terms of intensity but all generally focus on counseling, education and building a safe, supportive network of others in recovery.
Outpatient programs offer drug and alcohol treatment as well as mental health treatment which can be scheduled with a greater degree of flexibility when compared to inpatient treatment. This schedule allows patients to continue with their day-to-day responsibilities and continue living at home while being required to check into their outpatient care provider at scheduled times throughout the week for medication (where applicable), counseling and therapy sessions.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment: What is the Difference?
Drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs typically fall into two categories: inpatient or outpatient treatment. What is the difference in inpatient vs. outpatient treatment? While each type of program has its benefits – the specific type of treatment needed (in many cases, both) need to be considered based on a patient’s individual needs at that time.
|Inpatient Treatment||Outpatient Treatment|
|Appropriate for patients requiring an acute level of care or with a moderate to severe addiction||Appropriate for patients seeking a less intensive level of care|
|Provides patients with an immersive, comprehensive treatment experience as patient stays in the facility (typically for 30 days)||Outpatient treatment is effective at providing long-term, structured support and flexible scheduling as patient continues to live at home and goes to treatment for a varied period of time and varied frequency throughout the week|
|More frequent, longer individual therapy sessions||Less frequent individual therapy sessions|
|More frequent, longer group therapy sessions||Less frequent group therapy sessions|
|Typically more expensive than outpatient treatment*||Typically more affordable than inpatient treatment*|
|Patient remains in treatment for an extended period (typically 30 days) and accordingly, is separated from regular day-to-day life activities||Patient maintains a more ‘regular’ schedule|
|24 hour medical supervision and community support||Accessible to a recovery support network|
|Typically a 30 day program||Typically lasts a longer period of time than inpatient, can be up to 1 year or as needed|
|24 hours a day, 7 days a week||Typically ranges from 3 – 30 hours a week|
|*Recovery Centers of America is in-network with many major insurance companies. Accordingly, inpatient treatment services may be more affordable than outpatient treatment services over time, based on your individual insurance plan coverage. Call 1-800-RECOVERY today to speak with a Care Advocate to verify your insurance benefits and determine which treatment is right for you.|
Note: In many cases, a combination or ‘step-down’ from inpatient treatment through a series of progressively less intense outpatient treatment services ensure patients have the highest chance for success in achieving and maintaining long-term sobriety.
Outpatient treatment services at Recovery Centers of America include:
Our outpatient treatment services include individual and family therapy, as well as mental health and eating disorder treatment at select locations.
*PHP is referred to as Day Treatment in Massachusetts and is referred to as Partial Care Program (PCP) in New Jersey.
**IOP is referred to as Day Treatment in Massachusetts.
***General outpatient is commonly known as outpatient in Massachusetts.
Our partial hospitalization level of care is designed to initially transition patients from inpatient to outpatient levels of care. Our patients meet daily for 6 hours a day for interactive support and self awareness relating to triggers, ongoing challenges, recovery skills & tools and work through issues to continue building a foundation for meaningful, fulfilling, long-term recovery. We provide individual & group therapy sessions, state-of-the-art techniques and alternative therapies led by an experienced clinicians designed to continue restoring confidence and applying newly learned principles to life in recovery.
General Outpatient (GOP)***
Our general outpatient level of care includes weekly group & individual therapy sessions at a frequency determined by our patients’ Primary Therapist based on determined need. General outpatient continues for an unspecified period of time until it is determined by our Primary Therapist, our patient and their families that the GOP level of support is no longer necessary and the patient is ready to begin the next phase of recovery in their life post-treatment.
***General outpatient is commonly known as outpatient in Massachusetts.
What To Expect During Outpatient Treatment
During outpatient treatment, patients and families can expect to experience:
A comprehensive bio-psycho-social and medical assessment, where appropriate, to determine the most clinically appropriate level of care for each patient’s individual needs.
Our goal for 1-1 therapy is to help patients explore their past, present and future in a healthy, beneficial and therapeutic setting designed to set our patients up for success as they advance in their recovery.
Group sessions allows patients the opportunity to communicate, share and process their thoughts, behaviors and experiences in a trusted and safe environment. Patients are also able to address any areas of concern and develop positive outcomes while building peer connections.
We strongly encourage families to participate in the treatment recovery process as we know it significantly strengthens the foundation of recovery and helps to increase the likelihood that patients will continue to maintain a long-term, fulfilling life in recovery. Our comprehensive Family Program is designed to help families heal and recover – together.
In combination with group and individual counseling sessions, individual patients may require Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) which Recovery Centers of America will provide, where clinically appropriate and in our facilities which are licensed for this level of care.
In combination with outpatient treatment services and therapy sessions, patients are often required to attend a 12 step fellowship such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or others. Patients are expected to participate by attending meetings and doing 12 Step work with a sponsor to substantially increase their likelihood of long-term success in recovery, achieve freedom from active addiction and/or alcoholism, help others to achieve sobriety and cultivate a sober support network.
Why Choose RCA Outpatient Programs?
Recovery Centers of America believes that patients who are treated well get well sooner – and stay well longer. As a result, we take a holistic approach to getting patients into a life of long-term, meaningful recovery. Our approach centers around a combination of the latest evidence-based clinical therapies applied to both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings.
Our programs include a comprehensive variety of specialized services for addiction treatment as well as mental health and co-occurring disorders, intensive 12 Step programming and a rich and complete family therapy program which allows patients and their families to heal, together. Each of our patient’s individualized care is delivered by the industry’s leading medical and recovery experts in facilities designed to make patients, and their loved ones, feel safe, comfortable and confident about their future in recovery. To learn more about how Recovery Centers of America is different, CLICK HERE.
Treatment for Mental Health & Co-Occurring Disorders
Recovery Centers of America’s treatment goes beyond drug and alcohol addiction. We also provide treatment for mental health and co-occurring disorders including:
- Standalone Mental Health Treatment
- Treatment & Therapy for Trauma
- Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
- Anxiety Treatment
- Depression Treatment
- Eating Disorder Treatment* (select locations)
We know that often times, patients suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction have other challenges which require specialized forms of therapy to address. Our team of medical experts offers evidence-based therapeutic modalities to designed specifically to address mental health & co-occurring disorders. Our therapeutic offerings include:
- Trauma-Informed Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Specialized Therapy for Patients with Eating Disorders* (select locations)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Biofeedback Bed (Available in select locations)
Our Neighborhood Outpatient Locations
With outpatient alcohol rehab and drug treatment centers located near our inpatient treatment centers, you and your family are ensured access to high-quality care that’s close to home.