Drug and alcohol addiction in the United States is a rising concern. In 2017, an estimated 16.1% of the population used some type of illicit drug. The lifetime prevalence of illicit drugs used is over 50%. There seems to be a rise in the use of Opioids, Cocaine, Crack, Hallucinogens, and more. Many of the people who decide to give these drugs a try get “hooked,” leading to addiction.
Individuals who suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol need to understand the importance of undergoing treatment. There are many rehabilitation facilities available, ensuring each person can gain access to a facility that suits their budget, while also addressing their addiction and personal needs. When choosing a treatment program, one of the most important decisions that a person needs to make is whether outpatient treatment or inpatient rehabilitation is right for them. We believe that our outpatient treatment program here at American Addiction Institute is one of the best in the world. We hope this guide further educated you about what Outpatient is so that you can reach out if you need help.
What is Outpatient Treatment?
Outpatient treatment has become one of the most common options for people who are looking to undergo a rehabilitation program for addiction. This type of treatment involves a person enrolling and then reporting to a facility at certain times. There are different centers, and each tends to have its own rules.
In most cases, a person undergoing outpatient treatment will be provided a schedule. The individual will then need to report to the facility at the scheduled times in order to attend group meetings. Sometimes there may also be one-on-one sessions with a counselor or psychologist. This is an important part of the treatment, as psychological issues need to be addressed during rehabilitation. While some of the facilities offering outpatient treatment can provide a more flexible schedule for the patient, taking into account factors such as their work times, others may be stricter.
People who are going for treatment at a rehabilitation facility for the first time often start with an outpatient program, but it does depend on how serious the addiction is.