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If you are thinking about committing to an outpatient substance abuse program, you might be wondering what a typical day looks like in treatment. While many facilities will have a similar schedule, the facilities that really stand out from the pack are the ones that will provide you with individualized treatment that is tailored to your needs. 

Foundations of Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), outpatient treatment will usually cost less than residential or inpatient treatment, and it is often more suitable if you have extensive social support and stable housing. Outpatient addiction treatment may also be more suitable for you if you have a job or family responsibilities, because it does not require you to spend around-the-clock time in a facility. 

NIDA also states that some outpatient models, such as intensive day treatment, can even be compared to residential programs in terms of services and efficacy. Many outpatient programs are also designed to treat you with co-occurring disorders where you suffer from both substance abuse and a mental health condition.

How Much Time Is Devoted to an Outpatient Program?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), care frequency in an outpatient setting depends on the program. Some programs require daily attendance, while others may only meet one to three times per week. In general, outpatient care usually lasts from about two months to one year. 

When you are seeking a quality outpatient addiction treatment facility, you should find a program that best suits your needs and the right care frequency that works for you.

Outpatient Program Scheduling

A quality outpatient treatment program will offer clinical components, along with other methods like holistic care and life-skills programming. A comprehensive treatment schedule will help keep you accountable and get you ready to reintegrate back into daily life after recovery.

At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is the most intensive level of outpatient care. The program lasts for four weeks and consists of 30 hours of programming per week plus psychiatric support. The PHP is ideal if you have just completed detox, as well as if you require a higher level of care without 24/7 inpatient support.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Lighthouse is often the next step down from the PHP level of care. The average IOP lasts 12 weeks and combines three group therapy sessions, plus one individual session per week. Each outpatient programming track is customizable to your individual needs, and night programming is also offered for those working traditional hours.

Group Therapy

According to SAMSHA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol #41, the natural propensity of human beings to congregate makes group therapy a powerful therapeutic tool for treating substance abuse. Group therapy has many rewarding benefits, like reducing isolation and allowing members to support and help one another. When enrolled in an outpatient addiction treatment program, you will find that most of your day will be devoted to group therapy. 

At Lighthouse, our PHP has group meetings five days a week for six hours each day. This strong daily structure will help you through your first months of recovery, and you will find strong support and accountability in the group therapy setting.

Our IOP is similar in that much of your day will be devoted to group sessions. The only difference is that you will meet for less time each week. Our IOP will give you the tools you need to start reintegrating back into daily life.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is another necessary component of any outpatient program. At Lighthouse Recovery Texas you will spend time each week with one of our licensed, master-level clinicians who are trained in various treatment modalities. Everyone’s recovery journey is unique, and your therapist will be able to work with you on a personal level to help you dig down to the root of your addiction and help create a plan for finding long-lasting sobriety.

Psychiatric Care

Mental health and substance abuse often go hand-in-hand. When it comes to co-occurring disorders, especially, a licensed psychiatrist is necessary to help create a solid plan for your recovery. 

At Lighthouse, you can expect to have a meeting with our psychiatrist once every week. If you are already seeing a psychiatrist, we will coordinate with your provider to ensure solid wrap-around care.

Family Therapy

The role of the family cannot be understated when it comes to addiction treatment. A quality outpatient program should include time for family therapy sessions for families to heal through recovery together. 

At Lighthouse, our family addiction therapy programs are customizable to the needs of each individual and their family. Addiction is a disease that can truly affect the whole family, so we will help you and your family rebuild a sense of trust, create healthy boundaries, and strengthen your relationship.

How Do I Spend Time off From Treatment?

During your time off from treatment, look for activities you can do that enrich your life and make you happy. Positive activities will keep you on the right track as you go through treatment. They will also keep you from feeling isolated or bored and help you create new patterns in your life away from using substances.

Maybe you would like to take time for your physical health by joining a gym or participating in recreational activities. You can also spend time with your family and loved ones who are supportive of your treatment journey, take up a hobby, or finally finish that book you started a long time ago. The important thing is to do something that you truly enjoy doing, which will help you as you continue on the path of long-term recovery.

If you’re thinking about entering an outpatient addiction treatment program, you may be wondering what your typical day will look like. Most outpatient addiction treatment programs are made up of core therapy components as well as other types of programming, to give you the most comprehensive treatment. At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, we utilize clinical therapy along with holistic care and life-skills programming that will set you up for long-lasting sobriety. Our PHP and IOP programs both include a strong group therapy component, which is where you will spend a good part of your day. Group therapy has many rewarding benefits, and, when combined with other therapy modalities, like individual counseling and psychiatric care, you will be able to find your greatest success. At Lighthouse we also utilize holistic methods that will set you up for lasting sobriety and help you in treatment and beyond. Call us today at (214) 396-0259.