Outpatient addiction treatment programs offer many of the same programming as inpatient, but allow the individual to remain in their own home during treatment. Outpatient programs provide the flexibility for participants in recovery to continue to work at their jobs, go to school, or continue fulfilling daily parenting responsibilities. The patient must first be detoxed from the substance of abuse before starting the outpatient program, so a referral to a detox facility may be needed prior to treatment. There are a variety of outpatient treatment programs, including some at the higher end of the cost range that offer additional services, such as transportation, legal support, holistic therapies, and more.
As with inpatient programs, individuals are thoroughly evaluated and a tailored treatment plan is created which will determine the level of participation in the program. Outpatient programs may range from minimal participation, such as when an individual who has completed an inpatient program needs a few hours of ongoing counseling each week, to intensive outpatient programs (IOP) that initially require upwards of 25-30 hours of participation per week.