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Although outpatient rehab allows more flexible scheduling compared to inpatient rehab, these programs can still be highly structured and intensive. Maintaining a positive outlook is key to staying focused throughout your treatment journey so that you can achieve lasting success and get the most out of your time spent in treatment.

Types of Outpatient Treatment Programs

The two most popular and intensive types of outpatient programs are partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). Both programs come along with a structured schedule, group counseling, individualized care, and much more, which will all help you stay on track in your addiction recovery process. PHPs and IOPs are set up in such a way to help you achieve and maintain long-term sobriety and success.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), outpatient addiction treatment programs should include the following components: 

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): can help you recognize, avoid, and cope with the situations in which you are most likely to use substances.
  • Family therapy: addresses a range of influences on substance use patterns, improves overall family functioning, and strengthens family bonds. This treatment intervention is especially valuable for adolescents.
  • Motivational incentives: utilize positive reinforcements to encourage abstinence from substances.

Of course, not all PHPs and IOPs are the same, which is why it is so important to find the right treatment center that will focus on your unique needs as an individual. At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, we incorporate all of the above components into our programs, as well as utilize a holistic approach to help you maintain the positive mindset that is essential for lasting recovery.

How to Stay Positive During a PHP

PHPs are designed in a way that allows you to have strong structure throughout your day. You will usually attend group meetings for at least six to eight hours a day, five days a week. The intensive schedule of a PHP is set up this way to keep you accountable and ensure consistency throughout each day of your addiction treatment program. 

Sometimes, it might seem hard to maintain a positive mindset when all you are doing is talking about your struggles and your addiction all day long. That is not the case when you attend a quality PHP.

Some ways you can enhance your positive mindset during a PHP include:

  • Leaning on your peers for support
  • Strengthening your confidence as you help your peers in return
  • Talking about your goals for the future
  • Celebrating small victories, and being proud of yourself for entering treatment in the first place
  • Feeling gratitude for the amazing things in your life and throughout your treatment journey

How to Stay Positive During an IOP

An IOP is usually the next step down after a PHP where you will find yourself with a less intense and time-consuming schedule, yet still attend meetings throughout the week. Sometimes you may feel a bit lost as you transition to an IOP because you will have a lot more free time in your day. 

Instead of struggling with trying to figure out how to fill this time, you should make a list of all the things that bring you joy and try to incorporate these things into your daily life. Some examples of healthy, positive activities may include:

  • Keeping a consistent workout schedule
  • Focusing on hobbies you enjoy, such as cooking, writing, painting, or blogging
  • Spending time with family and your furry friends
  • Spending time in nature

Family Accountability & Support

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series No. 47, treatment professionals are increasingly viewing substance use disorders (SUDs) from a family systems perspective. This TIP Series also pointed to research findings that suggest a strong relationship between family involvement in treatment and positive outcomes. They found that family involvement in treatment seems to work equally well for both adolescents and adults. 

A quality treatment program should have a strong family-based therapy component where you and your family members can discuss negative patterns and how to shift to a more productive and positive mindset, repair relationship strains, and discuss the overall mental health and wellbeing of the family as a whole.

Strained familial ties may feel like a huge burden weighing on you, so your participation in a substance abuse treatment program is the perfect time to start repairing and strengthening these relationships. Family therapy that leads to the rebuilding of familial ties and support can lift the burden, allowing you to feel lighter and more positive throughout your treatment journey.

When you can lean on your family as a true pillar of support during your addiction recovery journey, you will find so many benefits that will allow you to cultivate an even more positive outlook as you continue through your treatment. 

Best Practices for Lasting Positivity

Making a huge, life-changing decision like entering a substance abuse treatment program may seem very scary at first. A lot of negative thoughts and feelings can come up during this time. These are completely normal emotions, but, with just a little consistent effort, you can utilize different practices for lasting positivity throughout your treatment journey and beyond.

Some positive practices that you may want to try out:

  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Keeping a journal to track your progress, thoughts, and feelings
  • Exercising and healthy eating habits
  • Surrounding yourself with positive, supportive people
  • Listening to your favorite, uplifting music
  • Setting positive short-term and long-term goals

It may not feel easy at first, but as you infuse positive practices into your daily life while undergoing outpatient addiction treatment, the more positivity you will experience every day.

While undergoing treatment in an outpatient program, negative emotions and feelings can seem all too real and familiar. Even though your days are highly structured in outpatient programs, such as partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP), you will still want to cultivate a positive mindset to get the most out of your treatment journey. At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, our PHP and IOP have strong family therapy components that will help you rebuild and strengthen family bonds, which will greatly improve your mindset and help you find true success and support during your recovery. Lighthouse also utilizes holistic techniques and an individualized approach to addiction treatment, truly stressing the importance and impact that a positive mindset will have as you work your way to long-lasting sobriety and success. For a free assessment, give us a call today at (214) 717-5884.