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Putting an end to drug or substance addiction problem is a lifelong battle, both to the patient and his or
her family. In fact, with the many available outpatient treatment programsbeing offered, it’s crucial
that careful assessment is given to the patient in order to bring the most appropriate care and
treatment. So, how can we come close to determining which is the best treatment program for a patient
dealing with addiction? Well, let me give you a quick overview of this type of program and what to
expect during the period of treatment.
What is an outpatient program?
Treating all sorts of addiction problem can be really quite challenging. There are some patients who
have the capacity to get treated on their own, while for others the whole process can be truly
complicated and require immediate intervention of an expert in drugs and alcohol addiction. If the
patient is willing to seek addiction treatment, but prefer to go on with his or her normal life and not stay
in a rehab facility would be recommended to undergo an outpatient drug treatment or outpatient
alcohol treatment program.
What to expect with the outpatient treatment programs?
Outpatient treatment programs do vary and depend mostly on the case of the patient seeking
professional help. Among the activities that the patient admitted under this type of program may
include the following:
Complete abstinence from drugs or alcohol is expected from the patient.
Series of assessments will normally take place upon admission to the outpatient treatment
program. This assessment will be used as reference on the ideal treatment plan suited for the
Patient is strictly required to attend the schedule therapy sessions.
Other activities that a patient will have to attend are seminar and other events that will help the
patient reach his or her goal.
Rules are discussed with the patient concerning his or her behavior while attending the various
If found to have violated any rule, patient could be removed from the program. In other cases,
modification of the patient’s treatment plan is carried out to assess which is effective and not
producing desired results.
There will be sessions where a patient is expected to share his or her personal information to
the assigned therapist, either one-on-one or during a group session.
Advantages of the outpatient program
the case of the patient seeking The patient has the freedom to resume to his or her work, life obligations while still under the
outpatient treatment program.
There will be no adjustment period on the side of the patient because he or she can still go back
to his or her comfort zone after attending an outpatient session.
Undergoing addiction treatment as outpatient is a lot easier.
Cost for an outpatient treatment is cheaper as compared to an inpatient program.
Disadvantages of the outpatient program
The potential risk of patient giving in to his or her cravings to drugs or alcohol is unstoppable
because no one will be in strict supervision 24/7 while under the outpatient program.
No professional care and guidance will be administered after the outpatient treatment session
ends at a given day.
All types of distractions are eminent to a patient choosing the outpatient program.
Withdrawal symptoms could be life threatening without the direct monitoring of an expert in
addiction and patient is exposed to these side effects on his or her own when admitted as
The road to full recovery could be really tough because the patient has to deal with his or her
addiction problems even while under the outpatient treatment program, unlike when the
patient is admitted in a residential treatment facility, he or she is completely removed from all
Patients under the outpatient program may not take this seriously and be tempted to go back to
his or her bad habits.
The outside world is full of temptations and patient undergoing outpatient treatment may find it
hard to resist. No level of professional care or support is readily available when the need arise.
I do hope this topic shed some valuable insight on the outpatient treatment programs. Remember, not
all patients with addiction problem can be treated to just one type of treatment program. The treatment
depends on the patient’s specific needs, level of addiction problem and once diagnosed by an expert,
the right treatment plan is discussed.