With outpatient treatment, the patient does not reside in a treatment facility. This allows the patient to conduct a regular life outside of treatment. The patient must go to a clinic or counselor’s office for treatment. These sessions are held either at night or over the weekends so that patients are able to work. For standard outpatient treatment, there are generally one or two therapy sessions per week, for at least a year. For intensive outpatient treatment, sessions are usually held three times per week. Sessions are between ten or twenty hours that are spread out across the three days. The intensive outpatient treatment is usually between one to three months. Outpatient treatment is best for those who have a job and are concerned that inpatient treatment would affect their ability to work. In order for outpatient treatment to be successful, the patient needs a strong family support system. Outpatient treatment is not as sheltered and structured as inpatient treatment, this is why it is so important for the patient to have a strong support system, to avoid relapsing.
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