Can an Outpatient Rehab Facility Provide the Same Quality Treatment as Inpatient?

If you are ready to start thinking about getting treatment for your drug or alcohol addiction, you are to be commended. It’s a huge step towards getting your life back on track. Of course, you have concerns and lots of decisions to make. First and foremost, you need to make sure you are really ready to fully commit to the treatment process. Anything less and you are likely setting yourself up for chronic relapses.

The good news is that if you really are ready to make the commitment, you have a great chance of recovering from your addiction. We hope that you don’t let concerns about residential care keep you from submitting yourself for treatment. If inpatient care isn’t right for you, you’ll be happy to learn that most reputable drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers offer outpatient options. If you have any questions about the quality of outpatient care versus inpatient care, we would like to address those now.

Can an Outpatient Rehab Facility Provide the Same Quality Treatment as Inpatient?

We are happy to answer the titled question with an emphatic yes. The fact is there’s a misconception about what actually takes place in an outpatient program. While the client isn’t required to stay within the treatment facility on a 24/7 basis for a month or two, it doesn’t mean they aren’t going to get access to the same level of care. Aside from the fact outpatient clients get to save money because of not needing access to amenities, they still have a therapy program they to which they have to attend. With so much time available in an inpatient setting, the client’s therapy sessions can be spread out. In an outpatient program, therapists have to focus on providing the same amount of therapy while doing so with time restrictions. That requires intensive therapy.

Remember, the level of care delivered in outpatient programs will coincide with the type of outpatient program the client attends. That’s something the rehab facility’s clinical staff will determine, and it will be based on the depth of the client’s addiction, plus any time or financial restrictions the client has to abide by. At all times, there is no sacrifice in the quality of care. The only difference is the time spent in the rehab facility.

With that in mind, we alluded to different types of outpatient programs. Now is a good time to offer information about these options, which include (most restrictive to least restrictive):

  • Partial hospitalization or PHP
  • Intensive outpatient or IOP
  • Standard outpatient

Partial Hospitalization

This option is available for clients with limited time and financial resources but the need for significant treatment. The client will usually be required to spend 5-7 days a week in the rehab facility for as much as 6-8 hours a day in therapy. Therapy will include multiple intensive individual therapy sessions, as well as access to group therapy sessions. While spending so much time in the facility, clients might get access to some amenities as well as invitations to participate in rehab facility functions. There’s usually enough flexibility available to allow clients to work around work or school responsibilities. As long as the client is able to make scheduled appointment on time, abide by all rules and make progress, this option is just as effective as an inpatient option.

Intensive Outpatient

Down one level is the intensive outpatient care option. With this option, the client is usually required to spend 3-5 days a week in the facility for as much as 4-6 hours a day. Again, all of that time will be spent in intensive individual therapy with only a minimum of exposure to group therapy sessions. In some cases, PHP clients will get an opportunity to move down to this level if they are making good progress. Of course, clients still have to meet schedules and follow rules to stay at this level.

Standard Outpatient

This level is reserved for clients with moderate addiction issues, as well as those clients who have successfully cleared inpatient and higher level outpatient options. It’s a also level that’s suitable as an aftercare or relapse prevention option. Usually, the client will only have to report for treatment 1-3 times a week for 1-2 hours of therapy. We hope you understand that outpatient programs are just as effective as inpatient options. If you would like more information about the outpatient programs we have in our offering, please contact one of out staff members at 833-762-3739.