Outpatient treatment is a forum for receiving treatment for substance abuse and/or mental health disorders that allows the patient to live at home or in some other stable environment while receiving treatment. Different from the method used at a residential or inpatient treatment facility where clients are required to live on site, outpatient treatment allows for a bit more flexibility and freedom. Outpatient treatment can be used at various times during the recovery process, dependent upon any individuals’ specific treatment needs. Outpatient treatment is typically less costly than a residential or inpatient program while still providing therapeutic needs to each client.
What is Outpatient?
Standard outpatient treatment is a more flexible option for individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse and/or other mental health disorders. The standard outpatient schedule typically works around the clients’ needs as related to outside commitments. Standard outpatient usually requires clients to attend sessions once or twice per week for 1-2 hours. Outpatient treatment at this level of intensity is often used for individuals seeking treatment who have completed a residential or day treatment program, or those who are using outpatient as a step down from more intensive treatment. Relapse prevention is typically a main focus of standard outpatient treatment programs.
What is Intensive Outpatient?
Most intensive outpatient treatment programs have a less rigorous schedule than inpatient, or day treatment programs. Typically, clients are required to attend sessions lasting between 2-4 hours per day at least 3 days per week. Intensive outpatient treatment programs allow for significant flexibility in scheduling to account for individuals seeking treatment who still have to maintain professional commitments, educational pursuits, or other commitments. Most intensive outpatient programs offer evening sessions and sometimes weekend availability as well.
What is Day Treatment?
Also known as partial hospitalization, day treatment is a type of outpatient treatment that requires clients to attend sessions for between 4-6 hours per day 3-5 days per week. Additionally, most day treatment or partial hospitalization programs will recommend that clients attend 12-step meetings in the evenings bringing the level of treatment as close to residential as possible while still allowing the clients to reside in their homes or another suitable living environment.