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Is Outpatient Treatment Right For You?

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There are many things to consider when deciding if outpatient treatment is right for you. Other treatment settings include inpatient treatment, such as a residential treatment setting or a partial hospitalization program. 

It is common for a person to move from one setting to another as they progress with their mental health or substance use issue. 

Inpatient Treatment vs. Outpatient Treatment

Programs for drug and alcohol treatment can be either inpatient or outpatient. Inpatient programs are more intensive, the person being treated lives on-site, and its intention is for people who have a more severe addiction. These are typically called residential treatment programs. 

The patient typically stays at the facility 24 hours a day for 28 days to six months. These programs tend to have higher success rates because they limit the distractions of everyday life. 

Many people experiencing addiction can slip back into old patterns of behavior that are harmful to their recovery. They can see people and visit places that were part of their addictive behaviors. Removing these people and locations for the duration of the program can be helpful to a successful recovery.

A person receiving inpatient treatment also has access to constant medical and emotional support. This support is precious when learning to cope with an addiction or other serious mental illness such as an eating disorder, severe depression or anxiety, or a psychotic disorder.

No treatment program is without drawbacks. Inpatient treatment is typically more expensive to support the cost of living at the facility. While it can limit distractions, it is also disruptive to daily life. The person cannot work, go to school, and participate in family and other social aspects of life during treatment.

Outpatient Treatment

In an outpatient treatment program, the person still lives at home but goes to treatment during the day. Outpatient treatment is more affordable, and the person can maintain a relatively regular daily routine. Outpatient programs typically last from 3 months to over one year. Around 10-12 hours a week are spent at the treatment facility. 

This type of treatment setting is less successful than inpatient treatment because the person is not in an intensive program and is susceptible to everyday life distractions. On the bright side, this means that the person has access to their social support network, which is crucial to recovering from addictions and mental health issues. 

Not only do they have support from their medical team and therapist, but they also have help from their family and friends. 

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Who Should Consider Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient programs are great for people who have a milder addiction or have recently left a residential or a partial hospitalization program. They can work, attend school, and have social lives while getting the treatment they need.

Those with less severe forms of mental illness like anxiety, depression, and even psychotic disorders that are well-controlled through medication and regular outpatient therapy can benefit significantly from outpatient treatment programs. Many people with mental disorders lead a very everyday life and benefit from having a job, social life, and support outside of treatment. 

Outpatient Treatment at Music Row

Integrative Life Center has different outpatient treatment options to fit the needs of you or your loved one. 

Music Row Recovery House

ILC’s Music Row Recovery Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is an excellent program for people who need more than regular outpatient therapy or recently completed a partial hospitalization program. The person in treatment can engage with the world around them while still receiving support in a safe and therapeutic setting. 

Clients attend a four-day, twelve-hour week therapy program and one hour of individual therapy each week. They practice their new coping skills through working or volunteering in the community and participating in recovery meetings. Each person attends five outside meetings per week, including 12-step meetings, SMART support groups, Refuge Recovery, NAMI, spiritual, or other external support meetings.

Housing For Men and Women

Clients in Music Row Recovery IOP can choose to either live independently or live in eight-resident homes for men or women in walking distance of the clinical office. Medical care is available to residents from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. 

Clinical Outpatient Treatment

IOP Clients at Integrative Life Center participate in 12 hours of group therapy per week and one individual session with a therapist. A variety of different treatment modalities are used, including the following and more:

Next Steps to Recovery

Outpatient therapy programs like the Music Row Recovery IOP are an excellent step after a residential or partial hospitalization program. They can provide a person with a smooth transition back to independent living. Those who attend still receive extra support while working, going to school, and having a social life. They can help a person recovering from an addiction to prevent relapse.

The next step after an IOP is to begin living an independent sober life. ILC’s Sober Living Homes are a great place to get peer support while attending individual therapy or just working and living everyday life. What comes after can be scary at first, but doing it in a gender-specific home with others living sober and understanding your unique challenges and needs as you continue to recover can make this transition easier. 

These and other aftercare programs can help you to prevent relapse and continue to live a sober life of recovery. Contact us for more information on the different treatment programs that may be right for you. 

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