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Outpatient Rehab

In 2014, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 21.5 million Americans that were 12 and older required a drug treatment program for their substance use disorder. Of these 21.5 million people, 7.1 million suffered from an illicit drug abuse problem and 17 million had an alcohol use disorder. This signifies the importance of drug treatment plans, such as inpatient and outpatient programs, being widely available to addicts in Idaho and across America.


What does an outpatient rehab program include?

In Idaho, the most common form of treatment for drug addiction is an inpatient or outpatient drug treatment program that addicts can complete in order to help them recover from their substance addiction. The programs can be similar although they differ in location where the patient is able to live while completing the program. Both of the treatment programs consist of therapy methods such as cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as alternative treatments such as equine therapy, art therapy and restorative yoga. The alternative treatments are not essential to every patient’s recovery, although they can be used in conjunction with traditional therapy if it is required to help the patient’s progress if they do not respond well enough to traditional methods. The behavioral therapy is used to help patients change their outlook on their addiction and aid them to adjust their behavior patterns to fit that of a drug-free lifestyle.

An outpatient rehab program typically requires a patient’s attendance at the treatment center for a minimum of 3 days per week. When the patient visits the treatment center, they typically have a scheduled therapy session with a licensed therapist or counselor. Furthermore, their treatment program is updated as their needs change throughout the recovery procedure until the treatment program is considered a success. Addicts who attend an outpatient rehab plan are strongly encouraged to attend support groups to acquire aid from other recovering addicts and promote relapse prevention.

Relapse prevention techniques are taught to patients to help them maintain their abstinence until their treatment program is complete as well as thereafter. The skills include mood stabilization techniques that can be executed by means of breathing exercises along with meditation among other skills. If one is able to calm themselves in a stressful situation, the chance of them suffering a relapse is less likely to occur.


What is intensive outpatient rehab?

The intensive outpatient care is intended to be used for diverting crisis situations such as potential incarceration and likely relapse instances. If addicts feel that they are unable to cope with the stresses of not abusing substances, they are able to reside at the treatment facility for up to 24 hours at a time. This is far less intensive than an inpatient program or partial hospitalization, although it is an added benefit which many patients of outpatient programs may find useful.


What are the benefits of outpatient rehab?

The benefit of all drug treatment programs is that they help addicts to recover from their substance use disorder. Below is a list of some of the benefits of outpatient rehab:


  • The programs are generally more affordable than partial hospitalization and inpatient programs.
  • Patients can continuously build the skills at the center and then use them at work or school to be more successful once their treatment program is complete.
  • Outpatient rehab lets friends and family members of the addict support them during their recovery.
  • Family obligations can be fulfilled while receiving treatment for addiction.
  • Patients are able to learn relapse prevention skills that they can use during and post-treatment to help maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol.