What is Outpatient Treatment?
In an outpatient drug rehab program, you attend drug and alcohol treatment sessions as well as support groups during the week during the day or nighttime hours, depending on your schedule. With outpatient treatment, you have the flexibility of attending to your work, family, and school obligations. The number of times you attend treatment sessions can vary depending on your specific needs. In some instances, you may need to attend outpatient rehab only once a week, or you may have to attend 3-4 times weekly for a total of a few hours during the week.
The length of time you need to come to an outpatient treatment program is also dependent on your situation. These programs can range anywhere from a week to a couple of months and even years. In general, outpatient treatment services can last anywhere between 3 to 9 months. This type of treatment is ideal for those not requiring medical detoxification or around-the-clock care and supervision. Another great feature of outpatient rehab programs is that they are designed to be a “step down “type of program with the frequency and duration of treatment gradually tapering as you progress in treatment.