Outpatient Rehab: The Freedom to Help Yourself

Being in outpatient rehab means traveling to the rehabilitation center for treatment and then returning home. Some programs require patients to be there for many hours, and other programs require only a half-hour. It depends on the severity and nature of your addiction. There are also three basic types of outpatient rehab: therapy/counseling, intensive outpatient rehabilitation, and partial hospitalization. Discussed below is why outpatient rehabilitation could work for you, along with a breakdown of each of the three types.


First and foremost, if your addiction is out-of-hand, and you need full attention, then outpatient rehab is not for you. Seek inpatient rehabilitation, (living at the treatment facility), immediately.

Now, if you need help but not around the clock, here are some of the many benefits of choosing outpatient rehabilitation:

  • Costs significantly less than inpatient rehabilitation
  • Allows for the patient to still have time at home with family, to work, or for school
  • Behavioral therapy (optional) can help in all aspects of life
  • Many locations are available across the United States

The above facts are true for all three types of outpatient rehabilitation. Let’s find out which is best for you.


Therapy/counseling consists of the patient attending short counseling sessions, usually once a week, whether individual, group, family, behavioral, etc. Therapy-based outpatient rehabilitation is for someone who perhaps is already in recovery, or whose addiction is not as severe. Many groups exist that are open to the public, such as Narcotics Anonymous, but it is important to remember that these groups do not qualify as outpatient rehabilitation by themselves.

If you are in the process of beating your addiction, or you simply need support to maintain sobriety, therapy and/or counseling is perfect for you. A completely full life outside of recovery is able to be maintained.


Intensive outpatient rehabilitation consists of the patient attending long sessions, multiple days a week. Commonly, the scheduling of these sessions is based around the patient’s pre-existing life schedule, allowing a normal life along with treatment. Extended sessions allow the patient to dive deep and treat the issues behind the addiction. Even though a fair amount of time is dedicated to recovery, intensive outpatient rehabilitation still allows for a presence either at work or at home, and allows for time with family and/or friends. Also, the network of support you establish utilizing this method of recovery is vast. All of your loved ones, as well as the entire staff & patient body, are available to you 24/7. Lastly, intensive outpatient rehabilitation allows for the treatment of more than one addiction simultaneously. Many of us have multiple addictions, and this method can help beat them all.


Partial hospitalization is exactly what it seems like. Patients who require consistent monitoring yet desire a stable life should consider partial hospitalization. Usually three to five days a week, for several hours a day, patients will have the benefit of hospital resources, as well as all the aforementioned benefits of therapy, counseling, and intensive rehabilitation. You would not live at the hospital. This method of outpatient rehabilitation is also ideal for those going through a detoxification, as the bodily changes may require hospital-grade equipment and knowledge.


No matter what you may be addicted to, an addiction is still an addiction. The methods used in outpatient rehabilitation can be applied to drug addiction, sex addiction, gambling addiction, etc. The bottom line is always the same: Help yourself and let others help you.

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