Addiction treatment falls into two broad categories: outpatient and inpatient. Inpatient treatment occurs on-site and provides around-the-clock care in a safe, supportive environment. Outpatient refers to treatment where patients may attend therapy or receive medication at a treatment center but otherwise go about their normal lives.
Outpatient rehab does not involve a residential stay or 24/7 care. However, intensive outpatient rehab is a specific type of care that provides robust support and resources. It can be a good fit for people who don’t require residential care but still need a lot of support in order to recover. Learn more about Georgia Addiction Treatment Center’s intensive outpatient program by calling 833.641.0661.
What Does Intensive Outpatient Rehab Involve?
Intensive outpatient rehab varies based on each facility and the services they offer. Typically, they will include at least 10 hours of group or individual therapy per week and include participation in a 12-step program.
Group therapy functions as the core of outpatient rehab. It offers patients a variety of benefits, including:
- Development of communication skills and socialization
- A peer group that can offer empathy, support, and assistance
- The chance to witness positive behaviors associated with the recovery process
- Consistent access to peers who are farther along in the recovery journey
Groups can take a variety of forms. Some of the most common types are skills development, psychoeducational, relapse prevention, and family groups. Depending on the program, groups may also be based on certain affinities, such as gender or sexual orientation.
Individual therapy generally plays a role in intensive outpatient care as well. These sessions provide time and space to dig further into thought patterns and items that arise in group therapy settings and allow for individual attention.
Is Intensive Outpatient Right for Me?
Now that you know what intensive outpatient rehab involves, how do you know if it will be the right fit for you? Here are some considerations to help you decide.
1. It Offers You Necessary Flexibility
Intensive outpatient offers a level of flexibility that inpatient does not. You do not have to live on-site and can continue working or engaging in family responsibilities while accessing outpatient treatment.
2. You Have a Stable Home Life
The plus of outpatient care allowing you to stay at home during treatment is only a positive if you have a stable home life that does not put you in danger of relapsing. For some people, their environment is a major driver of their addiction. If this is the case, outpatient care is unlikely to reap the benefits you deserve even at the intensive level.
3. It Allows for Immediate Practice with Coping Strategies
Group therapy and individual therapy during intensive outpatient rehab emphasize developing coping strategies and skills needed for sober living. The outpatient setting means patients leave these sessions and can immediately put coping strategies into practice in their daily lives. This differs from inpatient treatment as patients in that scenario are sheltered from the outside world for the duration of their treatment.
Discover Recovery with Georgia Addiction Treatment Center
Georgia Addiction Treatment Center offers an intensive outpatient rehab program to help you achieve a life free from addiction. Our program centers on three features:
- A therapy plan
- Life steps
- Family support
The therapy plan includes group and individual sessions. They provide accountability and feedback as you take substantial steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Life steps involve the set of skills and strategies necessary to navigate sober living. They also include clear goals and a support plan to establish long-term success. Lastly, family support works to include your family as a key support network and resource to lean on as part of the recovery process. Call us at 833.641.0661 to learn more about how our intensive outpatient program can benefit you or someone you love.