Outpatient Treatment Program for Addiction

What is Outpatient Treatment?

Our Outpatient Treatment Program (OP) is an addiction counseling service that does not require individuals to enter a residential program. The person seeking treatment can live their day-to-day lives while making time for their treatment. While in outpatient treatment, individuals can continue living at home, or reside in a sober house. People find this method of addiction treatment favorable since it allows them to receive the care, support, and therapy they need maintain a sober lifestyle, but also maintain their daily responsibilities. To be a candidate for Outpatient Therapy, the person needs to be in good overall physical health, have a stable support structure, and a safe home free of negative influences. People with children or jobs commonly choose this effective method of treatment. Outpatient Therapy is not to be confused with Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP). IOP uses a lot of the same therapies and methods, only with a larger time commitment.



Outpatient Treatment vs. Residential Treatment

Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs have several similarities with residential treatment programs. However, Residential Treatment is primarily reserve for people earlier in their recovery process. People in Outpatient Treatment have typically already undergone higher levels of care and are now focusing on managing their addictive behavior through several therapies designed to maintain lasting sobriety. The freedom found in Outpatient Therapy is only possible because the person has been detoxified from all chemical substances in their body, participated in a combination of individual and group therapy, and have embraced the need for continuing care within their life.

Unlike residential treatment programs, the client is not provided with a safe environment that protects them from negatively influencing factors. The client must voluntarily abstain from drug or alcohol use, which requires a greater amount of discipline and training. The program provides a support network for all participants. This support network consists of support groups, individual therapy, and family therapy.

Like residential treatment programs, we place a strong emphasis on family therapy. Often, a person will damage family relationships as they abuse drugs or alcohol. We work to rebuild these relationships to restore a solid support system in which long term recovery and abstinence is possible.



Outpatient Treatment Schedule

Our Outpatient Program consists of:

  • One group therapy session with a licensed and experienced addiction therapist per week
  • One individual therapy session with a licensed and experienced addiction therapist per month

This is the least invasive form of treatment offered at Pride Recovery Center and has been shown to be effective in maintaining the client’s lasting sobriety. This schedule can easily be adopted by those in need who have an active lifestyle consisting of regular employment, or family responsibilities.



Individual Therapy for Addiction

Individual counseling is a powerful tool in our addiction treatment program. Our clients are out in the world managing heir addiction day to day. Clients learn and grow by listening to the challenges faced by their peers and relating them to their own experiences. For example, a client may find themselves in stressful situation at home or at work which would have previously triggered them to abuse drugs or alcohol. However, instead of abusing, they used their coping skills to prevent a relapse. By living through this moment, and sharing with their peers during group therapy, they can help instill confidence in a peer, allowing them to have the same success in the future. In addition, the client can share this experience in their individual therapy session, allowing the therapist to modify their treatment goals accordingly.

Our therapists can guide someone on how to approach stressful situations and teach them tools to ease stress and anxiety when the desire to use drugs or alcohol becomes overwhelming. Outpatient Therapy allows an individual to receive timely advice from an experienced and qualified therapist. If during the course of the client’s day to day life their coping skills do not work as intended to abate a relapse, they can share feedback with their therapist who can help them improve the skill or develop an alternate technique, ensuring a greater chance of success in the future.

Individual counseling sessions vary depending on the client’s needs, goals, and desire to remain sober. The common goal in Outpatient Therapy is to improve self-awareness and increase inner strength within the client. Our sessions provide individuals with encouragement and motivation to achieve lasting sobriety and abstinence from substance abuse.

Common topics during individual therapy:

  • The client’s underlying cause of addiction
  • The client’s personal therapy goals
  • Stress management and coping skills
  • To develop a strong support network
  • Maintaining sobriety in social atmospheres
  • Personal obstacles to sobriety including:
    • Relationship issues
    • Avoiding negative influences
    • Personal triggers for abuse
    • Mental Health issues



Group Therapy for Addiction

Addiction can overwhelm individuals with feelings of loneliness and isolation. The person may feel as if no one understands the struggle they are going through. Group counseling shows them that they are not alone in recovery.

The primary benefit of group therapy is the ability to share your thoughts, experiences, setbacks, and successes in recovery with a group of your peers. The act of sharing releases shame, guilt, and other negative feelings associated with their addiction. It puts the person in a mindset where they are capable of being open and honest in a group setting. Individuals can gain a fresh perspective on their issues as well as learn from their peer’s experiences. It is common for people to group therapy to form positive, long-lasting friendships with others in their group.

Our Group Therapy sessions provide our clients with a safe space to discuss common challenges and gain a deeper understanding of their addiction. The topics of group therapy change in order to best serve the group as a whole. Common topics include abuse triggers, relapse prevention, self-care, family dynamics, and coping strategies.

Common benefits to group therapy:

Sharing in front of a group can be intimidating at first but learning how to honestly communicate and effectively share feelings is a critical part of the recovery process. Throughout group therapy, individuals will receive the support they need machining it possible to build the confidence needed to confront the challenges in their life. Being able to share without judgement.

  • A new way of thinking about challenges faced in day to day life
  • A sense of personal accountability
  • Improved communication and socialization skills.



Is Outpatient Treatment Right for You?

The level of care you need to keep you on the right path is best determined by you, and your primary therapist. A licensed addiction therapist is professionally trained to identify key risk factors, physical and emotional needs, and other factors that would determine the best method for long term recovery. If you have successfully completed other, more intensive forms of treatment and find you only require addiction counseling services to maintain your sobriety then Outpatient Treatment may be right for you. If have not completed other forms of treatment and are addicted to substances that would require a medically assisted detoxification, then Outpatient Treatment is not recommended. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your treatment options with an addiction specialist. We have treated hundreds of individuals for substance abuse disorder in different stages of the recovery process. We recommend Outpatient Treatment according the guidelines discussed above. If you have a history which includes successful detoxification from drugs and alcohol, a solid support structure including a place to live, and have a sincere desire to abstain from abuse then this program may be right for you. This is a voluntary program that requires a level of dedication in order to be effective. The life-changing benefits that come from our program may help you to achieve your goal of long-term sobriety.

Addiction treatment is offer in several different levels of care.

Here are some things to consider when choosing a rehabilitation program:


Withdrawal symptoms are dangerous and can be life-threatening. If you are actively addicted to a substance that causes acute physical or emotional withdrawal symptoms, you may need a higher level of care than traditional Outpatient Treatment. Outpatient Treatment should only be an option if your withdrawal symptoms will not require medication or 24/7 monitoring to manage.

Your Personal Level of Addiction

Considering your personal level of addiction is an important step in determining the level of treatment services you need. We can help you determine what your level of addiction is, and which level of treatment is right for you. Our Outpatient Treatment program may not be the best first step to recovery, but rather an important part after early recovery has been completed.

Your Support System

In Outpatient Treatment, you are not monitored around the clock. You have the freedom to attend and participate in treatment, but then you go back home. Outpatient Treatment is best suited for those with a proper support system in place. This can include support from family, friends, peers at AA/NA meetings, and relying on your coping and addiction management skills.

Your Routine

If your everyday routine contributes to your substance abuse, you more likely require a residential level of addiction treatment. Removing yourself from this negative routine and living in a monitored safe environment may benefit you more than traditional Outpatient Treatment.

Mental Health or Co-Occurring Disorders

Outpatient Treatment focuses on behavioral therapies and meetings. These therapies are not designed to diagnose and treat a co-occurring disorder. Consider speaking with one of our therapists to determine if your co-occurring disorder would prevent you from participating in our Outpatient Treatment program.

Cost of Treatment

Our Outpatient Treatment program is less expensive than residential/inpatient treatment. The cost is lower because you do not have to pay for housing accommodations, meals, medications, and other special considerations. If your health insurance provider only covers certain kinds of treatment, or limits the cost of treatment, outpatient treatment may be the most cost-effective option.



Support After Outpatient Treatment

Pride’s commitment to you extends after your completion of our Outpatient Treatment program. We provide continuous communication with all graduates of our programs. As an alumnus of our treatment center, we take great pride in ensuring you get the help you need at any point after your treatment. We are one call away from helping you reenter treatment or get further assistance in your quest to maintain a sober life. Contact us now to learn more about any of our programs, whether it is for you or a loved one suffering from addiction.

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