Addiction treatment is not one size fits all. In fact, each individual is going to have unique needs based on their current health, substance abuse history, personal life circumstances, and where they are in the recovery process. What works for one person may not work for someone else and treatment plans should include a continuum of care that meets the needs of clients based on where they are in the recovery process. For instance, if you start in an inclient detox or residential treatment program, returning directly to your normal day-to-day life may be a shock. Various levels of outpatient care create a “step down” approach to ease people in recovery back to their normal lives in an effective and structured way.
What is an Outpatient Program?
Outpatient programs (OP) are addiction treatment programs that do not include housing or 24/7 care. Rather, clients will travel to the treatment facility (transportation may be provided) for a particular number of programming hours each week and they will reside elsewhere. For higher levels of care such as PC and IOP, clients may be encouraged to live in an alternative living space such as a halfway house or sober community. Outpatient addiction treatment programs often include an array of therapies such as behavioral therapy, group therapy, family therapy, recreational therapy, and more. Clients will meet one-on-one with their primary therapist as well as joining in for various group activities. The length of an outpatient program can vary based on the client’s needs and their progress.
Types of Outpatient Treatment
As we discussed, outpatient treatment is a broad term used to describe any treatment program where the client does not live at the treatment facility. They may live in a halfway house, sober living community, or at home while they complete treatment. However, there are levels of outpatient care. The following are levels of outpatient treatment in order from the highest to the lowest level of care:
- Partial Care
- Intensive Outpatient
- Standard Outpatient
Outpatient Addiction Treatment at Moving Mountains
All levels of outpatient care are available at our addiction treatment facility. Following the completion of higher levels of care such as PC and IOP, Moving Mountains clients have the option to enroll in our standard Outpatient Treatment Program. With only a few hours of programming per week, this low level of care is a reasonable option for individuals who have completed higher levels of care but aren’t ready to be 100% on their own yet. It provides a set schedule for them to meet regularly with their therapist and gather with others in recovery for group sessions. Standard Outpatient Care helps maintain a level of accountability and dedication to recovery while still returning to a “normal” schedule with work, school, social activities, etc.