No person’s path to recovery is the same. Addiction affects everyone differently. Additionally, each person has their own set of responsibilities to manage. If you need treatment without totally separating from your everyday life, then outpatient drug rehab is for you.

The Phoenix Rising staff understands your struggle and is here to help you regain control. Read more about what outpatient drug rehab programs entail, and learn about how we can help you make the best treatment decision.

What Is Outpatient Drug Rehab?

Outpatient treatment is an addiction recovery program where you don’t stay at the facility overnight. After each session, you go home. This has a number of advantages.

Firstly, it allows you to maintain whatever responsibilities you have in your life. For some people, those responsibilities revolve around family. Being a parent or a partner can be demanding and may require that you be more present. For others, it is professional life that pulls on them the strongest.

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Outpatient treatment allows you to tend to these while simultaneously getting the help you deserve.

The other advantage is that you get to immediately implement your life skills in real life. Maintaining sobriety is easier when you are on a secluded facility, surrounded by therapists and other clients. But using the lessons you learned from your treatment when there is no one to keep you accountable is a more difficult task.

Being able to gradually practice what you’ve learned over time is a method that some may find appealing. You can work around your schedule easily while you start your path to recovery.

Who Goes to Outpatient Drug Rehab?

Outpatient drug rehab treats people with mild substance use disorders. They’ll often have other responsibilities to attend to outside treatment, including school, work, or childcare. They’ll also have a support system of friends and family who can keep them accountable when they’re not in outpatient drug rehab during the day.

People with more serious substance use disorders are encouraged to enroll in inpatient treatment. In this program, they’ll receive 24-hour supervision and more attention from medical professionals. It is common for those in inpatient treatment to transfer to outpatient drug rehab once their main program is complete.

How is Outpatient Drug Rehab Structured?

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On the first day that you enter outpatient drug rehab, one of our staff members will evaluate you. They’ll make a thorough assessment of your medical and substance use history, any family or legal problems you have, your living situation and any previous rehab stays. You need to be honest with our professionals so that they can create the best possible treatment plan.

Your specific outpatient drug rehab schedule will depend on your situation. Each program we create is tailored to each of our patients. Your level of addiction and any psychiatric care you need will play factors. 

You’ll likely have to follow rules in the outpatient drug rehab program. Some of these include not using drugs while in treatment, completing homework assignments, and regularly attending treatment sessions. 

Our outpatient drug rehab program doesn’t provide housing for participants. That said, you also must make sure that you have reliable transportation to and from our facility. To achieve full recovery in treatment, you must attend all of your sessions and actively participate in therapy.

Types of Outpatient Rehab

There are generally three different types of outpatient drug rehab: basic outpatient, intensive outpatient (IOP), and partial hospitalization.

Basic/Standard Outpatient

Basic outpatient is the least restrictive form of outpatient drug rehab. People enrolled in this program have little medical supervision, and they will usually meet once or twice a week for one to two hours. In basic outpatient, you’ll attend individual and group therapy sessions.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

The next level up from basic outpatient is an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Those in IOPs meet anywhere from nine to 20 hours a week. Besides individual and group therapy, IOPs offer more services than basic outpatient treatment, including 12-step recovery programs, case management, drug testing, and medication. 

Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are the most strict type of outpatient treatment. They’re most commonly found at clinics or hospitals, but many rehab centers offer them as well. PHPs conduct treatment for three to eight hours a day for up to seven days a week. Here you’ll find psychiatric care, recreation, on-site medical care, and social services in addition to group and individual therapy. PHPs are good options for people looking to avoid full hospitalization after addiction or transition to real life after inpatient treatment. 

What Are My Therapy Options?

One of the keys to being a high-quality outpatient drug rehab program Palm Springs CA has to offer is having a variety of therapy options. Finding a combination of treatments tailored to your needs is an essential part of healing. Here are some of Phoenix Rising’s therapy options.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

A popular mode of talk therapy for addiction, CBT forces you to examine your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings that have led you to make negative choices. With your therapist, you’ll determine which of these behaviors and thoughts has helped you or hindered you. You’ll then learn coping skills that will help you deal with trauma and direct you to think more positive thoughts. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

This type of CBT focuses on giving you therapeutic tools for four major areas. The first is mindfulness, the ability to accept circumstances, and be present in the moment. Then there is distress tolerance, which helps you confront and make peace with negative emotions. The third is emotional regulation, where you develop the skills necessary to manage or even change intense emotions. Lastly, there is interpersonal effectiveness. Interpersonal effectiveness means learning how to communicate confidently, clearly, and with respect to others and yourself.

Group Therapy

A helpful way to approach recovery is to surround yourself with people who have been through similar experiences and are on the same path. Group therapy is an effective talk therapy that will help you open up and learn from your troubles. A therapist will lead each session, where you’ll role play and practice mindfulness, social skills, and problem solving.

Family Therapy

The key to a long-lasting recovery is a strong support system. No support system is stronger than family. However, family members can also act as enablers. Family therapy, therefore, has the goal of teaching you and your family to support each other while maintaining healthy boundaries.

Equine Therapy

This option is a result of Phoenix Rising’s facility being located on a ranch. Connection with an animal (in this case a horse) can do wonders for mental health. For many, it is a calming and rejuvenating experience. Additionally, equine therapy helps teach clients about accountability, confidence, and responsibility. These sessions are supervised by a therapist and a horse expert.

With a diverse array of therapy options available for outpatient treatment, you’ll be able to craft your own recovery. Our staff is understanding, accredited, and compassionate. When you combine this with our beautiful, scenic facility, the result is something serene and healing.

Is Outpatient Drug Rehab Right for Me?

Outpatient drug rehab is best for people who have a mild addiction and a strong home environment to which they can return in the evening. This form of treatment would not be recommended for the following: 

  • People with multiple or severe substance use disorders
  • A poor support system or home environment
  • Co-occurring disorders (having a mental health disorder and an addiction)
  • History of dropping out of outpatient drug rehab
  • Pattern of relapse
  • Risk of complicated withdrawal symptoms

If, however, you trust that you have strong and supportive relationships at home and work, then you should consider outpatient drug rehab. It provides a flexible environment for those who need to go to school and work while also attending treatment.

Talk with one of our Phoenix Rising representatives to see if outpatient drug rehab is the right choice for your recovery needs.

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Support Systems in Outpatient Drug Rehab

As we mentioned before, having a strong support system in recovery is one of the key ingredients to successful outpatient drug rehab. After you leave any of our programs, you’ll be in the real world, filled with temptations and cravings. For you to be successful in sobriety, you need to make sure you surround yourself with people you can trust. Your family and friends should be able to keep you accountable if you have any slip-ups in recovery.

We suggest you only enroll in outpatient treatment if you have a support system at home to keep you grounded. If you don’t, inpatient treatment will be the best option for you. Afterward, you can transition to partial hospitalization or a sober home.

Other Treatment Services at Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising does not just have outpatient treatment programs. We offer a number of different options for you to choose from. Furthermore, we even have a generous alumni program for those who have completed our treatment programs. We want to make sure the support never ends.

Here is a list of some of our other services.

No matter what your needs, we have something for everyone.

Find the Best Outpatient Drug Rehab for You

If you or a loved one is looking for help, look no further. We are here to help! Many of our staff have suffered from addiction in some way, whether having a substance use disorder or knowing someone who had one. We have experience in dealing with tough situations involving drugs and alcohol. 

You only have to pick up the phone or reach out to us online to find quality outpatient drug rehab in Palm Springs, CA. Contact us now to learn more about what Phoenix Rising can offer you.