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About Outpatient Rehab

If you are looking to change and stop letting your addictions control your life, there are a number of different resources. Being able to have some guidance in understanding and embracing a recovery plan that is a fit for you is essential.

What Is Outpatient Rehab?


Outpatient is the next step down from inpatient treatment. Recovery is not a race, it is a process and it is important to build a foundation if you want to obtain and maintain long-term recovery. When you enroll in an outpatient program , a number of options open up for you. Outpatient gives you an option to continue to live at home while you take part in your rehabilitation. 

This is great for people who have responsibilities such as going to work, maintaining their housing, going to school, or looking after children. 

Since you have more independence when you attend outpatient drug rehab, you’ll need to be sufficiently motivated to complete the program. 

If you have a history of relapse, outpatient rehab without supportive housing might not be a suitable program for you. If you’re committed to your recovery, you’ll find that outpatient programs centers can work very well for treating your addiction.

There are many different kinds of outpatient rehab. Which one you choose to attend depends on a variety of factors.

Supportive Housing

Some outpatients such as Konnect Wellness center do however offer Supportive Housing if needed to enhance your success rate while in programming. Being in supportive housing (A Sober Living or Recovery Home) gives you the ability to be with peers and have a structured and safe environment that empowers you to focus on building your foundation.


You live with other peers that are all working at changing and staying clean and sober. This can be very helpful and keeps you involved and motivated. Being around people that are continuing to use and trigger us to self-medicate can be very detrimental to our process.  While you should certainly consider a supportive environment to assist in your transformation, sometimes, it simply isn’t feasible.

Intensive Outpatient Program


When you attend an intensive outpatient program (IOP), you create a treatment plan that has measurable milestones and goals in place. Initially, you’ll spend a lot of time trying to meet the first of these milestones.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program Consists of 3 to 5 days a week of Group Therapy (3 hour groups), 1 Individual Therapy, up to an hour of Case Management, 3 hours of Peer Support, up to 16 hours of Job Development (If Needed) and some life skills. 

If you are living at home, and may not be able to attend all of these our Therapists can tailor a schedule that will enable you to be successful.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program is 8 to 12 weeks depending on your goals being met so you can move down to the next level of your treatment plan. After you start to reach your goals, the number of hours per week that the program requires decreases.


This is a great option if you’re serious about changing your behaviors and perception. 

Continuing Care


When you’ve successfully completed your rehab program, it often doesn’t make sense to stop getting support completely.

As you adjust to sober living, you’ll likely feel tempted to drink or use drugs. This is why it’s important to attend continuing care meetings. These are groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

Continuing care can keep supporting you in your sobriety months or even years after you initially complete rehab. If you’ve just completed a rehab program, you might feel like you’ve beaten your addictions and don’t need any continuing care.

However, completing rehab is just the first step. When the satisfaction of getting sober starts to fade, you might develop an interest in using drugs or alcohol again. This is why it’s vital you attend continuing care, even if you feel like you don’t need it.

Benefits of Outpatient Rehab


There are many benefits to choosing outpatient rehab. Generally, this kind of treatment is recommended if you have mild to moderate addiction issues. If you have extreme addiction issues, you should probably go to inpatient rehab rather than outpatient rehab.

Another plus point for outpatient rehabilitation is it’s more affordable than an inpatient program. Since it’s possible to live at home, you won’t have to pay for your living facilities as you would for inpatient rehab.

Inpatient rehab can get very expensive, as you might be simultaneously paying for rehab and rent for your home. On top of that, when you attend inpatient rehab, you’re unable to earn any money through working. If money is right, outpatient rehab makes more sense.

Enjoy Flexibility


Another great thing about outpatient treatment is the treatment program is very flexible to your needs. For example, if you’re attending school, your rehab treatment can be adapted to your school timetable.

If you feel like you can’t put your responsibilities on hold for a while, or feel like you can’t go without seeing your family, outpatient rehab could be for you. If you have close ties with your family, outpatient treatment might be the better choice. Family support is emphasized in outpatient treatment, whereas in inpatient treatment, you won’t see your family as much.

Choosing the Right Facility


Choosing the right facility can make all the difference when it comes to becoming sober. If you’re not sure which kind of treatment facility would be best for you, you should consider contacting a recovery professional. A recovery professional can listen to your personal situation and make an expert recommendation as to what kind of treatment would be best for you.

Take the First Step Towards Outpatient Rehab


Addicts often say that taking the first step towards recovery is the most difficult one. Once you’ve contacted a professional and started your treatment program, you’ll get the help and support you need to successfully withdraw from drugs or alcohol.

If you have the determination and drive to succeed, outpatient rehab is a flexible and affordable way to get sober and turn your life around.

Do you think your loved one may be addicted to drugs or alcohol? Then read about the signs and symptoms of addiction.

Article courtesy of Recovery Resource Center at

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