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Outpatient (OP) treatment for substance abuse is an ideal option if you have the drive to get and stay sober but can’t take leave from work, disrupt school attendance or step away from other responsibilities in order to stay at an inpatient rehab center. Outpatient treatment is also paramount for clients leaving residential treatment and needing to slowly, carefully, and strategically enter the “real world” in a new way where they are learning how to incorporate everyday activities and behaviors as a sober person.

Outpatient Rehab Los Angeles

Different levels of outpatient rehab are available so that you can transition progressively from more frequent and intensive therapy to less as you show an ability to manage your own recovery with less clinical support. Outpatient treatment works the same way inpatient does, with the main difference being that inpatient treatment programs are 24/7 and often begin with a supervised detoxification period while outpatient programs meet for a set number of days per week and hours per day. The main components of outpatient treatment at Westwind Recovery include one-to-one counseling with an addiction professional, one-to-one appointments with a medical doctor and psychiatrist, group therapy and educational sessions. At Westwind Recovery, both inpatient and outpatient rehab incorporate evidence-based treatment practices such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), medication-assisted therapies and Twelve Step Facilitation. Family involvement in the rehab process is another important factor to consider in weighing outpatient treatment options. Because addiction affects the entire family, programs that offer family therapy, education, support, and other resources are beneficial in helping family members work through the chaos they’ve experienced, set healthy boundaries and rebuild relationships.

How Long is Outpatient Treatment?

The goal of outpatient care programs at Westwind Recovery centers is to stabilize your health and equip you with the knowledge, skills, and resources to help you reclaim your life from addiction and prevent relapse. Your pace through outpatient rehab won’t be identical to those around you. While there are common milestones in healing from addiction, your treatment and recovery path is your own—based on your specific situation, challenges, and needs. Regaining and maintaining your health means learning to manage your symptoms, first within the structure and support of a treatment setting and eventually in your home environment where you’re in charge of your sobriety. Westwind Recovery is also very aware that finding work is especially important for those in recovery. For this reason, we offer career counseling services to all of our clients. These services include practice-based techniques such as interviewing and all our groups are facilitated by experienced clinicians who specialize in the dynamic of the group process and ensure that healing can begin and continue. These groups abolish plateaus in the treatment process and provide a space for healing and recovery with no limits.

The Three Types of Outpatient Treatment We Offer

This is the highest level of outpatient drug and alcohol treatment that meets five days a week for up to six hours a day. Some people start drug rehab in day treatment and others transition into this level of care after completing inpatient addiction treatment. This level of treatment focuses on continuing the coping and relapse prevention skills learned during inpatient, but also has a large component on life skills including career counseling, finance, and budgeting classes, and learning how to socialize as a sober person.

Intensive outpatient programs are typically offered at a variety of times to accommodate busy schedules. Day and evening options give participants a chance to continue with work, attend school or take care of responsibilities at home. At Westwind Recovery treatment centers, our IOP schedule is for three hours either from 10am to 1pm or 6pm to 9pm.

Client attending an OP program with Westwind Recovery will attend groups twice a week and have one therapy session per week. The purpose of the outpatient program is to give each client the freedom to be more involved in their own personal and professional lives but still having the continued support and assistance from the team of professionals focusing on their recovery as they gain more sober time.

Maintaining a sober lifestyle isn’t easy. In fact, between 40-60% of recovering addicts relapse during addiction treatment. But just because it’s difficult, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. One of the key parts of a recovery plan is finding the right sober living environment. Staying sober can be hard if you live in an environment where temptation is aplenty or stress is high. Sometimes group therapy or home-based therapy isn’t enough, and you need a sober living environment designed specifically for people who want the best chance at a sober life.

A recovery residency environment is a middle ground between a true rehab facility and a home-based, outpatient care treatment. It’s less intense than a typical rehab but it’s still a substance-free environment that keeps you away from temptations.

Recovery residency environments generally provide a clean living space for people to work toward recovery, but most do not provide actual treatment. Instead, they help individuals reconnect with work or school, and work along side an outpatient recovery program.

Recovery residencies environments are ideal for people who are enrolled in treatment or attending a 12-step program. The sober home is a great place where they can live free of the influences that may make them inclined to relapse. They also offer indirect support for those in recovery by connecting individuals with others who are going through the same thing as them.

Recovery residencies environments are also great for people who aren’t ready to go home after inpatient rehab, or who no longer have a home to go to. It’s a more affordable option and provides individuals with a community of people who can support them in their quest to stay sober.

Recovery residencies are incredibly important to recovery because they protect residents from the things that can trigger a relapse. Stress, people and places you associate with your addiction, negative emotions, and seeing the object of your addiction can easily set you on a downward spiral.

And recovery residencies protect you from those things by keeping you away from them as you recover.

  • Remain sober for longer
  • Stay sober more consistently
  • Relapse at a lower rate
  • Hold steady jobs
  • Stay out of legal issues