For those of us with little to no experience with how to treat alcoholism or addiction, when we think of rehab, a lot of different things come to mind. Going away for 30 days, entering a sober living, going to a detox, or going to outpatient. Once we do some research, sometimes outpatient is one of the most likely choices being offered, especially for parents of adolescents. But what exactly is outpatient rehab?
What is Outpatient Rehab?
There are many different types of outpatient facilities, but when we talk about alcoholism and addiction, we’re talking outpatient drug rehab. Outpatient facilities are offered for many other illnesses such as co-occurring and eating disorders as well.
Outpatient drug rehab is a form of treatment that typically involves the patient commuting to a facility a few times a week to attend sessions, as opposed to a residential facility where the patient resides there. Typically, sessions can last anywhere between 1 and 4 hours, depending on the intensity of the program and number of sessions per week.
Who should go to outpatient rehab?
There are as many types of outpatients as there are people. But typically there will always be an outpatient facility and program that fits your needs.
Outpatient drug rehab can be suitable for adolescents whose parents have become worried about an increase in their drug-seeking behavior and wish to curb the problem without having to sacrifice taking their child out of school. Because many programs offer sessions before or after school as well as weekends, these are often ideal for adolescents new to therapy who do not want to be uprooted from their educational community.
What should you look for in an outpatient rehab?
Outpatient drug rehabs should be close to home and provide a community that you and your child connect with. Having a support group for the family as well as family therapy sessions are also extremely beneficial for who want to learn more about what their child is going through and how they can help.
Above all, an outpatient should always feel right when you visit the facility and tour the program. Having a place where your child feels comfortable, welcome and inviting makes the drug education process all the more easier.