Is Outpatient Rehab Right for My Level of Addiction?

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Rehab Outpatient Centers

Outpatient treatment centers are places where you can receive care for your addiction.

In an outpatient program, you can return home after you complete your day treatment.

This is an ideal situation for those who have families, jobs, and responsibilities that won’t allow them to commit to an inpatient program.

Outpatient treatment centers require a great amount of diligence.

Clients voluntarily abstain from drugs or alcohol.

Unlike residential treatment programs, patients are not provided with a safe, secure environment.

Outpatient programs provide more freedom of movement and accountability for their choices.

They get to go home after their treatment commitments are met.

But how do you know which type of program you or a loved one would best benefit from?

Clients that have attempted outpatient programs without success may require a higher level of care.

Resurgence Behavioral Health can help you determine what services are best suited for your addiction level.

What Is Outpatient Rehab?

An outpatient rehab program offers treatment at various times throughout the week.

This allows clients to continue with daily responsibilities.

They will still be required to comply with treatment with mandatory counseling and medication if needed.

Outpatient programs allow more freedom. Clients can maintain regular commitments to family, work, and school.

There is more privacy because clients can return home after treatment.

They are not required to explain absences to friends, employers, or family.

Is Outpatient Rehab Right for My Level of Addiction?

Outpatient treatment centers are great for people whose addiction is not that severe. Depending on your level of addiction and how much of your brain is affected will determine your treatment.

These are those that do not need constant monitoring or medical interventions to control withdrawal. An outpatient rehab is an ideal option for people motivated to stop using drugs or alcohol. Outpatient provides flexibility. Outpatient treatment programs provide the least restrictive level of care.

Is Outpatient the Right Choice for Me?

But how do you know which type of program you would benefit from? The best place to start to know what level your addiction is at is to ask yourself the following questions. The more yes answers can indicate a higher level is needed. These questions are intended to help you understand where you are, not a diagnosis. To truly understand if outpatient rehab right for your level of addiction an in-person diagnostic assessment at Resurgence Behavioral Health is necessary.

  1. Do you need to drink or use drugs multiple times a day just to get by?
  2. Do you have intense cravings that affect your ability to concentrate on other matters in your life?
  3. Do you need more alcohol or drugs to achieve the same effect?
  4. Are you drinking or taking more drugs compared to last week? Last month?
  5. Do you stash drugs or hide alcohol around the house?
  6. Do you spend more money than you have on obtaining drugs and alcohol?
  7. Are you failing to meet your work responsibilities and/or social commitments because of drinking or drug use?
  8. Despite negative consequences, do you continue to drink or use drugs?
  9. Have you committed crimes to obtain drugs or alcohol?
  10. Have you engaged in risky behavior like driving while under the influence?
  11. Do you have hangovers or need time to recover from drinking or drug use?
  12. Have you tried to stop on your won, but failed?
  13. Have you ever experienced withdrawal when you stop drinking or using drugs?

Answering the Right Questions

Only a counseling professional can tell you what type of treatment is best for your situation. It is important, to be honest about how committed you are to treatment.

Ask yourself if you will be tempted to use again by daily stress, peer pressure, or lack of support? Will these situations prevent you from completing outpatient treatment? When voluntarily entering drug and alcohol treatment be honest about your experiences to figure out if outpatient treatment is the right level for your addiction.

Types of Outpatient Rehab

Some different types of rehab outpatient centers can fit your level of addiction. After careful consideration of your needs based on the substances abused, the severity of the addiction, and stage of recovery, you will be provided with several options. Outpatient addiction recovery programs are not all the same.

  • Intensive Outpatient
    The Intensive Outpatient Program or IOP is where people attend rehab outpatient centers several days a week for a few hours at a time. An intensive outpatient program is more time-intensive compared to a general outpatient. Detox or round-the-clock supervision is not necessary. They enable patients to continue with their normal, day-to-day lives in a way that residential treatment programs do not. Ideal candidates for intensive outpatient treatment have a safe home environment. As you continue to meet your goals, your weekly commitment will decrease.
  • Outpatient
    An outpatient rehab is an ideal option for people motivated to stop using. This level of care for addiction provides the most flexibility. Outpatient care provides excellent care and structure. Clients continue to participate in ongoing therapy. It requires a commitment to stay clean. Drug testing is likely required to mark your treatment progress. As you continue through the program your daily requirements will decrease based on your improvement.

What’s included in Outpatient Treatment

All outpatient treatment centers include evidence-based practices proven to help recover from addiction. After drugs leave your system the real work begins. Learning how to live your life drug-free is going to require working on yourself.

Note that this is a general overview of outpatient treatment programs. For more information call Resurgence Behavioral Health.


Therapy is an incredibly useful tool. Counselors help guide people through personal and painful experiences. They help them overcome depression, grief, and learn new habits. Outpatient rehab for alcohol usually includes family counseling. This helps your loved ones overcome the emotional turmoil caused by addiction. Private and group therapy is a part of outpatient rehab. Here you can learn and practice new life skills, coping mechanisms, and communication. Combined they will help you avoid potential triggers to avoid relapse. You will be better equipped to repair broken relationships and regulate emotions.


The best defense against addiction is understanding the disease. The more you are aware of how addiction changes your brain the better equipped you are for long-term recovery. Education is another important part of outpatient rehab.


Many people benefit from the medications. They help manage withdrawal and reduce cravings. Other medications can help regulating emotions during treatment and recovery.

Support Groups

Support groups form an important part of outpatient treatment.

Most support groups like 12 steps are free and can be attended to daily if needed.

Support groups can provide understanding and validation.

Sharing the goal of abstinence may motivate you to continue when times get tough.

Get Help Today

Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs provide life-changing benefits.

Understanding which program will best help you achieve long-term recovery is one of the first steps toward becoming sober.

If you are ready to find what level of care is right for you, give Resurgence a call today.

Addiction Treatment that
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Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.