Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Addiction

Rehab 4 Alcoholism is here to advise on the suitability and availability of intensive outpatient treatment for addiction. As the name suggests, outpatient treatment allows you to return to your home following the completion of daily therapy sessions. This contrasts with residential rehab, where you must remain in the treatment clinic both day and night until your treatment programme concludes.

The main benefit of intensive outpatient treatment over residential rehab is that you may continue to undertake important responsibilities such as childcare whilst you undergo your treatment programme.

Why outpatient treatment is a credible alternative to residential rehab

In the past, some criticised outpatient treatment for lacking intensity. This was because some programmes may have required you to undergo as little as one or two therapy sessions per week.

This criticism has largely been overcome by the introduction of intensive outpatient treatment. These programmes offer up to four or five sessions per week.

Generally, the number of weekly sessions is reduced over a twelve-month period. This means you may attend five daily sessions at the beginning of your treatment programme. This number will then be tapered down to as little as one session per week once your programme begins to conclude.

The benefits of intensive outpatient treatment

Intensive outpatient treatment is geared towards treating alcoholism and co-occurring mental health problems. Intensive outpatient treatment is available in a female-only or men-only setting. Alternatively, you may begin treatment at a mixed-sex clinic.

Intensive outpatient providers offer a rich offering of therapy and counselling. These offerings make use of evidence-based treatments such as one-to-one therapy, group therapy, 12-step work, cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy. You will also be subject to daily drug and alcohol screening.

A timeline of an intensive outpatient treatment

At the beginning of your treatment programme, you must be willing to commit at least four days per week to your treatment. You will return home during the evening and then return to the clinic in the morning and afternoon.

Once you have completed the initial phase of your treatment, the number of daily sessions will be reduced to two or three sessions per week. Towards the conclusion of your treatment programme, you will attend only one treatment session per week. Typically, intensive outpatient treatment is run over a twelve-month period.

Once your intensive outpatient treatment programme has concluded, you will still be able to attend after-care therapy sessions. After-care is also known as continued care. You will be able to access after-care sessions for as long as you need them.

What happens before intensive outpatient treatment begins

Before your intensive outpatient programmes begin, you will be assessed by a psychiatrist. This is to determine your general suitability for an intensive outpatient programme. It may be deemed necessary for you to undergo a medically supervised detox before you begin an intensive outpatient programme.

If this is the case, you must undergo treatment at a fully residential clinic for around fourteen days. Once your detox is complete, treatment may then continue via the intensive outpatient treatment provider.

This initial assessment helps to flag up co-occurring mental health problems. If a dual diagnosis is diagnosed, the clinic will seek to treat your alcoholism and mental health issue simultaneously. Doing so is known to result in the best possible clinical outcome.

What happens once intensive outpatient treatment begins

Once you begin your treatment, you will be assigned to a key worker. This person will carry out individual case management to ensure you are achieving your weekly and monthly treatment goals.

Intensive outpatient sessions typically run between three to five hours each day. During this time, you will benefit from psychotherapy, holistic therapies, family therapy and behavioural therapies. The clinic will also monitor any medications you may be taking to ensure compliance.

Therapy sessions help you to develop the skills you need to cope with stress and negative emotions. Emotional regulation and distress tolerance are two major goals of intensive outpatient treatment.

Mindfulness and stress management techniques will be covered in depth by participating in dialectical behavioural therapy. You will build these skills using activities, workshops and group discussions.

Taking the next step

To learn more about intensive outpatient treatment, contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism today on 0800 111 4108. We will conduct a short telephone assessment to allow us to match your needs up with treatment providers in your local area that offer intensive outpatient treatment for alcoholism, mental health problems and other addictions.

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