How Outpatient Treatment Works
Outpatient treatment is a consideration for anyone working to successfully transition into a sober life from addiction. Typically, individuals will attend an outpatient treatment program after completing residential or in-patient rehab programs. As one piece in a larger treatment plan, many people in recovery from addiction and substance abuse find outpatient programs extremely beneficial for the support they provide during the first stages of recovery.
According to a recent federal report, 1 in 7 people in the United States will confront addiction to drugs or alcohol, and yet only 10% of those people will receive treatment. Currently, 20.6 million Americans suffer from substance abuse disorder, and that number continues to grow as the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose worsens. As such, evidence-based and clinically led treatment programs are necessary to address and treat an increasing population of people who require quality and comprehensive recovery support.
Outpatient treatment programs allow patients to participate in comprehensive treatment for substance abuse and/or mental health issues while living at home or in a sober living environment. This type of treatment is ideal for those who have extensive personal obligations or the inability to take extended time away from work. Many people choose to enroll in an outpatient treatment program as their first step in the recovery process, or following residential or in-patent rehab.
Outpatient modalities include Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), and the use of private office-based treatment with mental health professionals such as social workers, therapists, psychologists, and more.
Evidence Based Treatment
The term ‘evidence-based’ describes treatment that has been studied in a clinical setting and found to be effective at treating drug and alcohol addiction and reducing the associated negative psychological and social effects.
The national institute of health published a study in 2014 to determine the efficacy of intensive outpatient (IOP) programs, and the results showed a substantial reduction in drug and alcohol abuse among IOP patients. They also concluded that IOP treatment was as effective as inpatient treatment for most individuals seeking care. Also noted were a reduction in arrests per capita, a lessening of psychiatric symptoms, and lower incidence of both hospitalization for overdose and death.
Recognizing that outpatient treatment is among the most highly recommended, evidence-based treatments currently available to treat addiction disorders, it is important to understand ones options as each program may vary from the next. The following methods are common features of outpatient treatment programs:
- Individual & Group Therapy
- Case Management
- Medical & Psychiatric Treatment or Referral
- Family Therapy
- Relapse Prevention
- Vocational & Educational Assistance
- Relaxation & Mindfulness Techniques
- Motivation Interviewing
- Drug Testing
Programs such as Westside Treatment in Los Angeles, California incorporate a robust, evidence-based outpatient program of individual and group therapy, DBT/CBT, family therapy, and more. Treatment plans are customized to each client’s needs and goals. Westside Treatment is at the forefront of premier, modern, outpatient-based treatments for addiction and mental health issues, and is proud to offer top-tier programming to address complex issues like addiction, depression, family conflict, and more throughout the recovery process.
Outpatient treatment programs provide the necessary support and stability to truly address the issues contributing to and associated with addiction and mental health issues. With a client-centered approach, we provide the compassion and support to guide clients on their road to a long, lasting, and balanced life in recovery.