benefits of outpatient rehab

Who Actually Benefits Best From an Outpatient Rehab Program?

Outpatient rehab can offer many benefits, including:

  • More affordable than inpatient care
  • Usually covered by insurance
  • Builds a strong support system
  • Provides outreach services
  • Offers counseling and mental health services
  • Holds people accountable for staying on track
  • Allows people to work, go to school and stay close to family

Not everyone needs an inpatient program to reach their recovery goals. Outpatient rehab can be equally effective.

Inpatient rehab is recommended for people with severe addictions and requires structure and discipline. Residential treatment is also beneficial, because it removes addicts from their current environment so they can focus on getting healthy.

So, who is outpatient rehab best for?

The following types of people are most likely to benefit from this flexible and personalized care.

People in the beginning stages of addiction.

We know that people do not need to reach rock bottom to get help for a substance abuse problem. Intervening early when the person is still engaged in their lives makes recovery easier and more effective. People in the early stages of addiction typically don’t need an intensive inpatient program. They can benefit from an outpatient program that allows them to continue working and/or going to school while getting their life back on track.

People who need continuing support after inpatient care.

Some people aren’t ready to jump back into things after dual diagnosis rehab. Rather than returning home with little support, these individuals can participate in an outpatient program where they receive mental health counseling, individual and group therapy, life skills training, resocializing skills and 12-step work. These tools give recovering addicts more confidence in their everyday lives.

People who have gone through a relapse.

Relapse does not mean treatment was ineffective. But, it does mean more treatment is needed. Fortunately, inpatient treatment isn’t always necessary following a relapse, especially if the person only used drugs or alcohol once. In fact, a person can join an outpatient program before they relapse, i.e., they notice their cravings getting stronger or more frequent.

Awakenings Treatment Center has an intensive outpatient program that offers therapeutic treatments, compassionate staff, holistic and neuroscientific therapies and individualized programs. Contact us to learn more.

About Shari Corbitt

Shari Corbitt is a licensed psychologist in California and specialist in mental health, addiction, eating disorders, chronic pain relief, and marijuana psychosis. Dr. Corbitt was trained at Yeshiva University in New York City and relocated to California in 2002 to pursue her interests in holistic and complementary treatment modalities. She spent five years as the Director of Human Services on the Rincon Indian Reservation at the Indian Health Council in Pauma Valley, CA. Later, she served as the Clinical Director at Sierra Tucson in Tucson, AZ (2006-2009) and the Vice President of Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, CA (2009-2011). Dr. Corbitt founded Awakenings Treatment Center to provide cutting edge treatment for individuals suffering from substance abuse disorders, as well as related emotional difficulties. Optimal wellness is the goal for every client. Dr. Corbitt lives in gratitude each day for her own recovery, which she enjoys one day at a time.