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What Is Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment?

First an Outpatient drug treatment program can be more flexible than inpatient or residential programs.

Outpatient programs usually meet from 4 to 9+ hours per week during the day or at night so you can continue managing your work, school, and family life while continuing to receive your addiction treatment.

Outpatient substance abuse programs are the lowest level of care you can participate in.

Therapies included Individual and Group therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy and Mental Health therapy are also available for those with a dual diagnosis.

Compared to inpatient and partial hospitalization programs, outpatient substance abuse programs are generally lower in cost and more affordable.

Your program can last anywhere between three months to over one year and still allow you to maintain your normal daily routine in the community.

Outpatient programs are most ideal for those who are willing to learn skills for managing triggers, who are willing to accept techniques to resist urges to use drugs and alcohol, and who are highly motivated to stay sober and abstinent.

Attributed to The Butler Center for Research at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

ü Roughly 80 percent of patients report benefiting from improved quality of life and health after completing drug and alcohol substance abuse treatment.

ü Between 40 percent and 60 percent of patients who suffer from drug use disorders end up relapsing when they cut treatment short.

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