While addiction is a disease without a “cure,” inpatient and outpatient treatment programs can be tremendously effective in establishing and maintaining long-lasting sobriety for those with a history of substance abuse. When most people who mention “rehab,” they’re referring to inpatient programs. And though intensive inpatient treatment can be very successful, it’s not a practical option for everyone. If you or a loved one is ready to address your addiction and start treatment, here are some reasons an outpatient program might be right for you.
Ideal for early-stage addicts
The first signs of addiction can be subtle and easy to overlook, but if the disease is caught early enough, outpatient treatment programs can be highly effective. With the right support, patients who are generally aware of their drug problem and motivated to get help at this early stage are often able to stay on track while living their day-to-day life.
No daily routine disruption
Inpatient treatment programs require an extended leave of absence from work, school, and personal obligations, which might not be feasible for everyone. Many outpatient centers offer sessions in the evening or weekends so recovering addicts can get the treatment they need while maintaining their daily routine.
Unfortunately, one of the top reasons people with substance abuse problems put off treatment is the social stigma they fear if peers find out they are in rehab. The flexible scheduling of outpatient treatment makes it much easier for patients to maintain privacy because their day-to-day routine does not change.
Maintenance of support network
The medical and mental health professionals involved in outpatient services are vital to treatment, but they’re only part of the rehabilitation support system. Support from family and friends is one of the best ways to stay motivated and focused during treatment. Close contact with loved ones also aids patients who are looking to repair and restore the important relationships in their lives.
Access to support communities
Support groups can be vital to patients working through recovery programs, and while formally organized groups are prevalent in nearly every city, they might not provide enough structure or intimacy for someone in the early stages of recovery. Outpatient centers are an ideal place for patients to meet and form relationships with others in the recovery community. These contacts can lead to comfortable participation in a larger group, or exist as a separate social network that will contribute to recovery.
While the cost of treatment should never be a barrier to recovery, the US healthcare system is not set up in a way that ensures everyone gets the treatment they need. Fortunately, outpatient treatment programs are generally less expensive than inpatient programs—while still providing high-quality care—and insurance carriers are typically more willing to cover the costs of outpatient services.
We can help
At Alvarado Parkway Institute in San Diego, we understand that achieving lasting sobriety involves more than just treating the physical aspects of addiction—addressing psychological and emotional needs is just as crucial to recovery. That’s why we offer a variety of support groups and education programs in addition to our treatment options.
If someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and you need additional support, we are here for you. For more information about our programs and services, please reach out via the contact form on our website. Or call our 24-hour referral and crisis line at 619-667-6125.