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Outpatient Program

What Is An Outpatient Program?

Most treatment facilities can be classified into two distinct categories: inpatient treatment facilities and outpatient treatment facilities.

Inpatient facilities are treatment centers where a person will live at the facility for the duration of their stay. This means that all of their needs are taken care of by the treatment center and they do not have to participate in the daily stressors of their lives’.

An outpatient program, like Elevations Health Austin Outpatient Program, is one where you live at home but come to the facility for treatment on a daily, weekly, or biweekly basis. Sometimes, you will be at the center all day attending groups, while other times you may just come for morning or night sessions.

The outpatient treatment offered by our Austin Outpatient Program shares many of the same therapies and qualities that our inpatient program would offer, with the main difference being that you go home to your own house at night. What this means is that you will be able to receive the same level care at our Austin Outpatient program as you would at our inpatient program, but you will have the flexibility to continue to meet outside obligations, like work, school, or other familial tasks that cannot be neglected.

Our Austin Outpatient Program is in a sense a condensed version of our inpatient program and usually, people who do not have a severe addiction or alcohol problem, or people who cannot get away from their lives for a month or two are prime candidates for this sort of treatment.

Attending an outpatient program also makes it easier for you to stay anonymous because at the end of each session you go home. If you are in a position where you do not want your work or some other third party to know that you are attending treatment than outpatient could be a good choice for you.

The one drawback to going to an outpatient program is that you will not have the totality of structure that an inpatient program offers. You will not be staying in secure housing, away from the environment that used in, and you will still have to see participate in your daily life from the onset of recovery.

Inpatient treatment many times offers the addict or alcoholic a much-needed break from their lives and it gives them a space in which they can focus entirely on their recovery, free from the distractions of the outside world. They do not need to worry about dealing with angry loved one at that moment, and they do not need to worry about being about being triggered by being in the house that they used or drank in, but with outpatient these things are still a factor and some may find it more difficult to stay sober under these conditions.

However, even these challenges can have a positive effect on a person’s recovery, as they force the newly sober person to begin to deal with life on life’s terms almost immediately. They do not have the luxury of being able to put off learning to navigate the outside world until they are discharged from treatment and so they begin to learn coping skills that may not be obtained during an inpatient stay. They are also offered the continuous support of family and friends and they do not need to worry about finances because they can continue to work during the treatment process.

So deciding on whether or not outpatient is the correct form of treatment for you really depends on what you expect to get out of a treatment stay and what your personal life will allow for. If you find that you will not be able to get away for a month or so, or that to get away for a month would mean greater harm to your life, then outpatient is probably the correct treatment for you.

Does Any Outpatient Program Take My Schedule Into Account?

One of the greatest things about an outpatient program is the flexibility in treatment time. There are a variety of different outpatient programs and therapies offered, and many of these can be scheduled before or after work, on the weekends, or whenever you are able to come.

For example, you may have a meeting at the facility three times a week for therapy in a group setting for an hour. Then, you may have a meeting with your medical provider once a week to monitor your overall health. Your private therapy may be another hour on the weekend. These parts of the treatment program are usually able to be worked into a person’s pre-existing schedule, allowing them to continue to work, go to school, or take care of their family, with little to no interruption.

The kind of outpatient program, and what you can commit to doing, is entirely up to you and can vary depending on your own personal needs. Many facilities are understanding of the fact that people need to meet certain obligations while they are attempting to get clean and sober and so they will be happy to work with you in finding a treatment program that works with your schedule.

Are Outpatient Programs Personalized?

Almost every inpatient program today is customizable and this is because no two addicts or alcoholics are alike. Since inpatient programs are personalized to meet the needs of the individual it only stands to reason that outpatient programs are as well.

For instance, some people may need more psychotherapy than others and so there will be a greater emphasis on this during their treatment process. Others may have issues with their eating, whether that means their diet consists of unhealthy foods, or they just do not eat enough and so this will be a focus of their treatment plan.

Outpatient programs can also change depending on the substance that was being abused. If a person is addicted to alcohol then the focus of their treatment will be in learning ways to cope with their alcoholism and a person who was addicted to heroin will have a plan that focuses on that.

Even within the set treatment program, there are a number of different therapies and activities to choose from. There is cognitive-behavioral therapy, art therapy, music therapy or animal-assisted therapy. You also have group meetings, private therapy sessions, or holistic options like massage or acupuncture.

With so many programs available, you’ll likely need to pick a few of the therapies and options that you think you’d be most interested in. From there, you and your program advisor can work out a schedule that suits your needs.

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Is An Outpatient Program As Effective As An Inpatient Program?

Outpatient programs can be as effective as inpatient programs, but they aren’t right for everyone. Outpatient programs require you to come to the facility of your own free will and you will have to make this decision on your own. You are responsible for getting yourself to the center on the days that you are to attend and you are responsible for staying sober when you are at home.

For some people, this level of freedom would be too much in the beginning of their recovery and so they may want to choose a higher level of care, like inpatient, in order to deal with their addictions. But for those individuals who believe they can handle this sort of freedom, outpatient can be very effective.

However there is still structure available in outpatient and you will more than likely need to check in with your addiction specialists every day, except for weekends, or other special cases like holidays.

The therapies you receive in outpatient will be the same as an inpatient, but inpatient treatments are more intensive. This is because outpatient is done on a reduced time scale since the individual is not at the facility 24 hours a day. For some people who are not indeed of such intensive care this can be a good thing, but once again it rests on the individual, as they are given greater autonomy over their recovery.

There are benefits to outpatient programs too. They cost less, make it easier to stay employed and live your normal life on a day-to-day basis, and provide you the freedom you may need to get through your addiction treatment. While living at home, you may have the support of your family, which may not happen as much in an inpatient facility.

Outpatient programs are effective for the right patients, and treatment specialists will talk to you about whether or not supervised or medically assisted treatments at an inpatient facility may be a better option for you. If your specialist feels you have a low risk of relapse or that you can get through minor withdrawal symptoms or cravings on your own, then you may be a good candidate for outpatient rehabilitation.

Finding the Right Outpatient Program For You

If you find that you are unable to get away from your obligations for a long enough time period to attend an inpatient facility, do not worry because that is what outpatient is designed for. At Elevations Health Austin we offer an outpatient program that can get you on the right path to overcoming your addiction or alcoholism and our trained staff will be there to help you along the way. So stop trying to fight your disease alone, and give us a call today at 1-866-200-3224.