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Is Outpatient Rehab Right For You?

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Typically, outpatient programs are chosen amongst those who have a strong desire to recover from their addiction, require a flexible schedule, aren’t utilizing intravenous methods of using drugs, and may be considered “high functioning.”

How Do I Know If I Need Outpatient Rehab?


Outpatient rehab may be for you if you’re aware that your substance use is no longer within your control and you’re dealing with major consequences as a result.

If you have a job, parenting duties, or other responsibilities that you feel will inhibit you from maintaining an inpatient stay, the flexibility of an outpatient program could be the right fit for you.

Suppose you’re aware you have a substance abuse problem and are highly motivated to get better. In that case, it is likely that you’re better suited for an outpatient rehab facility rather than an inpatient facility. 

Patients Will Attend Weekly Programs


Each outpatient program will have specific weekly programming to support those healing from addiction. There are multiple groups that they may participate in. Support groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, is often offered. Such groups provide a chance for connection and moral support.

Therapy groups may also be offered. Therapy groups offer a chance for intensive emotional processing in a group setting.

Individual therapy is always provided in outpatient rehabs. There may also be stress management classesrelapse prevention classes, and drug or alcohol refusal training.


How to Find an Outpatient Rehab


Acknowledging you need help is hard enough—finding a treatment center can be even more daunting.

First, if you have health insurance, go ahead and call your provider. They will be able to send you a list of outpatient facilities that your insurance company covers. This can help narrow down programs significantly and help you identify what program could be a fit.

If you don’t have health insurance, fret not. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a helpline designed to support those experiencing substance abuse and mental health concerns.

Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days out of the year, this hotline can help connect you to resources, including state-funded outpatient treatment centers, which may be of great support to those who don’t have health insurance.

If you or a loved one are struggling with substance use or addiction, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for information on support and treatment facilities in your area.

For more mental health resources, see our National Helpline Database.


Article courtesy of How Outpatient Rehab Works (

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