There are different types of outpatient rehab and the right treatment program is chosen depending upon the substance abused by the patient, duration of abuse and the physical and mental health of the patient.
Day program offers a great level of freedom while providing intensive treatment at the same time. In day program, the patients are bound to visit the outpatient rehab center during 5-7 days a week for several hours which may vary from patient to patient. During this time, the patient is made to participate in ongoing therapy and counseling. Counseling has a crucial role in the process of recovery since it helps the patient learn how to deal with triggers and urges.
After attending the session, the patients may return back to home. So, this program requires a commitment of a few hours daily.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP):
Intensive outpatient program involves setting some milestones/goals for recovery that are to be achieved within a defined time period. It can make the progress rate faster and recovery noticeable. As more and more milestones are met over time, the time that is devoted to treatment every week is decreased.
It is suitable option for those patients who want to recover from drug addiction while performing their everyday duties at the same time. Multiple sessions, comprising of several hours are organized throughout the week. During these sessions, the patients participate in individual and group therapy. The counseling helps them learn coping mechanisms and relapse prevention techniques.
Support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous are specifically designed to help recovered patients stay firm on their commitment for sobriety. Such groups are mostly lead by a therapist while the members come together once a week to share their recovery stories and coping mechanisms.