Now that you have decided to get sober, it is time to find a treatment program that fits your needs and lifestyle. Many people find that outpatient rehab is an option that allows them to continue to work or go to school while still receiving the therapy they need to end their addiction. While it is normal to wonder how long you will be in outpatient treatment, it is important to understand that the response to this question will vary among each person. As you prepare for rehab, use this guide to determine what type of rehab works best for you and how long you should plan to attend your program.
Reasons To Consider Outpatient Rehab
When you are in the early stages of your addiction, you might be a good candidate for outpatient rehab. This is especially true if the nature of your addiction involves the possibility of only having mild withdrawal symptoms. Outpatient treatment is also an effective way to prevent relapse after you have attended inpatient care for a severe or long-term addiction. Parents, students and people who cannot take time off from work for inpatient stays also benefit from choosing outpatient care.
Types of Outpatient Programs
It is important to know that all outpatient programs are not the same. Typically, you will find three types. Intensive outpatient programs tend to meet several times a week for a couple of hours each day. Partial hospitalization is more of a commitment since these types of programs usually meet five days a week for six to eight hours each time. Therapy and counseling programs are more flexible, and you will work with your counselor or group therapy leader to select the times that work with your schedule.
Deciding Upon a Rehab
If you haven’t attended any type of treatment yet, then you may find that a longer term rehab is effective for helping you beat your addiction. While the majority of rehabs recommend going to outpatient care for at least 30 days, many people find that 90 days helps them feel stronger. It is also possible to continue outpatient therapy and counseling programs for as long as you need to prevent relapse.
The first weeks of recovery are challenging, and outpatient rehab gives you a safe place to work through your symptoms and cravings. We know that picking the right rehab is important for your continued sobriety, so let us help you find one that works with your schedule. Learning to manage your addiction with proper support is the best way to rebuild your life while you adjust to sober living.
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