Outpatient treatment allows the patient to continue as normal a life as possible outside of treatment. The idea is that treatment does not affect their ability to lead a regular life, but supplements that life to ensure that they remain sober and away from temptation. The patient goes to a clinic or counselor’s office for treatment. Standard outpatient treatment is normally 1 to 2 therapy sessions per week lasting for up to a year. The sessions are usually held at night or on the weekends, so as not to interrupt a regular workday, allowing the patient to maintain a job. Intensive outpatient treatment is usually carried out 3 times per week, for a period of 10 to 20 hours shared between each day. Intensive outpatient treatment lasts, usually, between 1 and 3 months.
Outpatient treatment is suitable for those who have employment, or are seeking employment, which inpatient treatment would obstruct. This form of treatment requires that the patient have a strong family support system. Outpatient treatment is challenging because it does not provide the structure of inpatient treatment, the patient may be exposed to social situations where alcohol or other substances are being used. Therefore, a strong support system is vital. If you are struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction, please review the list of Illinois treatment centers on our website. Call one today to ask about outpatient treatment and find out if it meets your needs. Begin a path to a sober life today.
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