If I Can’t Take Time Off, Can I Do Rehab After Work Instead?

So, you have finally reached the point where you understand you are dealing with an addiction problem. It’s now a matter of figuring out how you should proceed from here. Of course, your overall health and welfare have to be your number one concern. If so, you need to get yourself into rehab. It would be naive for anyone to believe that residential treatment is the only viable treatment option. In many cases, it’s by far the best option because of the severity of the individual’s addiction. However, every addiction sufferer has different circumstances. Some people have circumstances that prevent them from being able to submit to a residential treatment program.

For those folks, a lot of reputable addiction treatment centers offer various forms of outpatient care. The last thing anyone wants is for you to have to forgo getting treatment because submitting to a residential treatment program with have a negative impact on your personal or family’s welfare. Please don’t let that happen. There are other treatment options at your disposal. Your responsibility is get yourself an audience with an addiction treatment organization and give them the opportunity to come up with a treatment solution that makes sense for you.

Can I Do Rehab After Work?

To be clear, you owe it to yourself and family to get help. Without it, your drug/alcohol addiction is going to destroy the fabric of your life. This is worth mentioning as a reminder that you have to do something. With that said, yes, there are options that would permit you to get treatment in an after-work program. There are in fact several reasons why someone might not be able to adhere to a residential treatment program. Some of them are:

  • The cost of residential treatment is too prohibitive
  • The addiction sufferer has time constraints due to work or school
  • The addiction sufferer is the family’s sole provider and would suffer financial damage
  • The addiction sufferer has primary responsibility for the care of a child or elderly family member
  • The addiction sufferer has responded well to residential treatment and moves down a level or two of treatment

If any of these circumstances fit into your circumstances, you could reasonably qualify for outpatient treatment. Remember, the outpatient option is there for the client’s benefit. They have a responsibility to meet all program obligations in a timely manner. Failure to do so could result in being recommended for a higher level of restrictiveness or dismissal from the program altogether. Likewise, good progress could result in graduating to a program with fewer restrictions. There are three primary outpatient treatment options you’ll find available in the addiction treatment community. These three programs involve varying levels of restrictiveness, affording rehabs the option of customizing outpatient treatment programs based on the client’s circumstances. The three options are (listed by decreasing restrictiveness):

  • Partial Hospitalization
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Standard Outpatient

Partial Hospitalization

This is by far the most restrictive outpatient option. It is available as an after-work program, though that would make the treatment program a little tight from a time perspective. This option generally requires the client to spend 6-8 hours a day 5-7 days a week in the treatment center. They will spend their time in the facility going through intensive individual and group therapy. They might also have an opportunity to participate in some relaxation activities with the other members.

Intensive Outpatient

On tick down the restrictiveness, the scale is intensive outpatient treatment. It’s very similar to partial hospitalization as far as participation, it just requires the client to spend less time in treatment. The time parameters are usually 3-5 hours a week for 3-5 days a week. Again, this treatment model would be available as an after-work option.

Standard Outpatient

This option is reserved for clients who enter rehab with a moderate addiction or graduate from residential rehab with a need for a little followup counseling. The time parameters are as follows: they will generally report for individual therapy 2-3 times a week for 1-2 hours per session. Yes, this would definitely work as an after-work treatment option. We implore you to not let time stand in your way of getting treatment. We can tailor treatment around your personal circumstances. What we need from you to get you started is one call to one of our representatives at 833-762-3739.