Addiction to drugs or alcohol is an illness that affects a person and also their families and close friends. This means that individuals face a diverse set of problems that need addressing through the most appropriate treatment program. For some, the best option available to them is outpatient treatment that allows them the flexibility to remain at home while they are overcoming their illness.
There are two main types of outpatient program offered by Elevate: A standard program as the primary treatment for mild substance abuse issues or aftercare, and an intensive outpatient program (IOP).
Intensive Outpatient Program
An intensive outpatient program provides a patient with the same intensity of treatment they receive in residential rehab but without the time commitment. IOPs are generally recommended for individuals who have more severe substance use problems or those requiring additional support after leaving inpatient treatment.
An intensive outpatient program typically consists of therapy sessions for around three hours, three to four days each week. This contrasts with a standard outpatient program which usually involves a weekly meeting for 1-2 hours.
There are several reasons a person may choose to opt for outpatient treatment rather than attending residential rehab. For example, they may be a high-functioning addict which means they are unable to commit to an inpatient program lasting at least 90 days. The individual may also have dependents at home and no one to take care of them while they stay at a rehab center.
In the majority of cases, Elevate offers outpatient services as part of our continuum of care for clients leaving our centers. Outpatient aftercare provides individuals with extra support as they manage the transition from the rehab center back to their daily routines.
Holistic Therapies as Components of Outpatient Treatment
Elevate’s holistic approach to outpatient alcohol rehab features personalized and natural ways of achieving addiction recovery. The components of a holistic outpatient program are designed to treat physical and mental addiction together with emotional and nutritional imbalances. An Elevate holistic outpatient drug rehab program is tailored to the specific needs of each individual entering our centers, using a flexible approach to find the treatment path most appropriate to them.
The principal objectives of holistic outpatient alcohol rehab are:
- Identifying the root causes of addictive behavior
- Strengthening the individual’s ability to resist cravings
- Promoting better physical fitness
- Boosting self-confidence
- Diminishing the appeal of substance use
Types of Holistic Addiction Therapies Available
Holistic therapies focus on creating a healthy lifestyle using activities and practices from exercise to meditation. Some of the main therapies available on an Elevate outpatient program include:
Achieving a healthy and balanced body is a key aspect of recovering from addiction. Focusing on proper nutrition to ensure clients maintain a balanced diet leads to tangible healing. For individuals who have neglected themselves in favor of substance use, nutritional awareness often proves invaluable as a tool for achieving recovery.
Exercise and Recreational Therapy
Daily exercise needn’t be a chore and it is important to be engaged in the activity in order to remain motivated. Elevate’s drug and alcohol treatment programs all have a component of physical fitness and clients are encouraged to continue with a disciplined exercise schedule as an outpatient, with their progress monitored by therapists.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Outpatients have the opportunity to acquire the same coping skills as others in residential rehab. Mindfulness practices such as meditation are invaluable for relapse prevention in recovery. However, meditation is a practice that takes a long time to accomplish alone and outpatients have access to therapists to guide them through the process. In time, outpatients will have sufficient mindfulness experience to enable them to employ these coping mechanisms by themselves.
Massage and Aromatherapy
Stimulating all the senses is very beneficial for patients in residential or outpatient treatment. Massage therapy uses touch to relax the body and stimulate circulation and aromatherapy uses smell to promote sensory experiences.
Who Is Outpatient Addiction Treatment Most Appropriate For?
Generally speaking, the following people are most likely to benefit from outpatient alcohol rehab:
Those Who Are in the Early Stages of Addiction
Addiction is an illness that takes time to develop and so every individual is at a different point of the journey. Some may recognize if they are starting to struggle with drug or alcohol use, whereas others may remain unaware or even in denial. It makes sense that the more developed a person’s addiction is, the longer it will take to treat them. Depending on the needs of the individual, someone who has not been using substances for very long is very likely to benefit from an outpatient program as primary treatment.
Those with Obligations and Commitments They Can’t Break
Not everyone is in a position to leave their jobs or homes for at least three months while they receive treatment on an inpatient program. In many respects, it can be damaging to a person’s progress if they are not able to continue with their lives while they get better. The compromise is outpatient drug rehab which allows them to check-in with therapists treating their disorder through the week while they are able to remain at home.
Those Who Have Already Gone Through Rehab
Outpatient treatment as aftercare is generally recommended when a person completes an Elevate rehab program. Managing the transition from the rehab center to home is not easy for many people. Some come from unsupportive or enabling backgrounds and may need to enter a sober home during this time. Outpatient drug rehab reinforces the things the individual learned in rehab and allows them to practice coping skills in a real-life setting with support and guidance from their assigned therapist. Outpatient aftercare has been shown to be highly effective in achieving long-term recovery.