The Benefits of Outpatient Rehab
Outpatient rehabilitation has many benefits, including affordability, maintaining employment, incorporating the family, and letting patients get family support through the process of recovery.
What Is Outpatient Rehab?
Outpatient rehabilitation is when someone seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol problem attends treatment during the day but returns home every night. This is different than inpatient rehab, where someone seeking treatment lives at the rehab facility for an extended period of time. There are different types of outpatient treatment programs that require different amounts of attendance. Outpatient treatment often happens in local health department offices, counselor’s offices, mental health clinics, or hospital clinics. Intensive outpatient treatment can be every day for 5 days, or sometimes up to 20 hours spread over 3 days. Standard outpatient therapy consists of 1 or 2 sessions a week for up to 3 months.
Sessions entail group therapy or counseling where participants focus on recognizing their triggers and learning coping mechanisms. Group therapy is an effective option for many, as it reduces isolation and lets members witness the recovery of others. Humans base many of their choices on what they experience in groups and from the people around them. While this can lead some towards deviant behaviors, joining a group of supportive and positive people can help others progress towards living a sober and more fulfilling life.
What Are the Benefits of Outpatient Rehab?
There are many reasons someone may choose outpatient rehab over inpatient rehab. One of the benefits of outpatient rehab includes the option for people to keep working while they go through treatment, including other benefits like reduced cost and being less disruptive to daily life.
Some outpatient rehabs operate in the evenings or off hours, so that participants can maintain employment while receiving treatment. While a leave of absence to attend drug or alcohol rehab is typically protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), meaning you cannot be fired for seeking treatment for an addiction, some may still not want to leave work for a variety of reasons. The FMLA protects people from being fired, but the time off is unpaid. This can pose problems for people that are the breadwinner of a family or have someone else to take care of. People who are the sole caregiver for children may also not want to attend inpatient rehab if the children do not have someone trusted to care for them full-time.
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Detoxing from drugs or alcohol is an unpleasant experience, even for someone with a mild addiction. Nausea, body aches, depression, and anxiety are just a few of the common effects people feel when they go without the substance their body has gotten used to. Before focused treatment can begin, the patient must detox. Sometimes detoxification is deadly if the symptoms are not managed. It is not safe to attempt detoxing alone. Detoxing at an outpatient facility is safe and effective, and medical staff can provide medications to ease symptoms while also monitoring vitals. It may be beneficial for outpatient detox patients to maintain family and social relationships while detoxing, instead of being isolated from supportive family and friends. Outpatient detox patients are also likely to return to the same clinic that they detoxed at to continue their treatment. Another benefit of outpatient rehab is that the detoxification care costs less money.
The Cost of Outpatient Rehab
The cost of rehab facilities varies widely, based on the type of center, location, treatments offered, amenities, and medications used during treatment. When receiving treatment for certain drugs and alcohol, patients may need medications to help wean them off of their abused substance. These costs are often included in the treatment program. In general, outpatient rehab is less expensive than inpatient rehab. Some inpatient rehabs cost around $20,000 for a 30-day treatment program while a 3-month program of outpatient rehab typically costs around $5,000. Insurance often covers a large percentage of the cost of rehab, but for those who are paying out-of-pocket, outpatient is a much better option financially.
Because people in outpatient treatment usually have more family support than those in inpatient treatment, it may be beneficial for them to maintain a close relationship with their family while receiving treatment. Family therapy can be incorporated into outpatient rehab and can offer guidance to the entire family, instead of only the individual. Family therapy assesses the entire family as a system and works in the belief that a change in the system will bring about changes in the other parts. One of the main purposes of family therapy is to find the strengths and resources in the family and use those to develop ways to live without substances. This is also an opportunity to educate families on their loved one’s addiction and teach them the medical, behavioral, and psychological consequences of addiction.
Is Outpatient Rehab Right for Me?
There are many benefits of outpatient rehab, but it is not right for everyone. Because of the independence and freedom that inpatient rehab does not offer, patients have access to alcohol or drugs when they leave treatment. It must take a level of commitment and determination to see treatment through. Outpatient rehab is better for someone with a mild to moderate addiction, while inpatient rehab would be more appropriate for someone with a very severe addiction. If you want to find out more on treatment options, contact a treatment specialist today who can help you find which rehabilitation center is the best option for you or your loved one.
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