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Outpatient rehab

Outpatient rehab


Q: What is outpatient rehab?

A: Outpatient rehab is a form of addiction treatment that includes psychological, counseling, and educational sessions on the nature of addiction.

Outpatient treatment is designed for individuals who are highly committed to recovery and can handle living/working at home during the period of treatment. While less expensive than inpatient rehab, it isn’t for everyone, especially those who need to be REMOVED from their home environments. During outpatient therapy, patients travel to a clinic, treatment facility, or hospital to attend sessions, but then they return home instead of remaining hospitalized.

Q: What happens during outpatient programs?

A: Outpatient rehabs mainly provide services for counseling, education, and aftercare referrals in order to provide patients with the best chance at maintaining long term sobriety.

During outpatient rehab you usually meet in groups and will sometimes meet one-on-one with an assigned counselor. It’s really a lot like adult education night classes, only these programs specifically address addiction. You’ll be asked to share your thoughts and emotions frequently, and will be challenged to learn how to cope with life and how to get through difficulties without using drugs or alcohol.

Q: How long does outpatient rehab last?

A: Each outpatient rehab program is different.

Most programs require a minimum of around six (6) hours attendance weekly over the course of 10-12 weeks. Some more intensive outpatient programs may go up to twenty (20) hours of treatment per week. And weekend programs are usually about 6-10 hours of treatment on Friday evenings, Saturday – Sunday mornings. The National Institute of Drug Abuse suggests that outpatient rehab outcomes are more successful when an individual participates in rehab for 90 days or more, if needed.

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Q: How much does outpatient rehab cost?

A: To the best of our knowledge, we estimate outpatient treatment to cost, on average, about $135-150 per day.

Outpatient rehab costs can be affected by the length of the program, type of the program, number of sessions, location, or the amenities provided. In general, outpatient rehab programs are far less costly that residential rehabs, because you are not paying for food or accommodation.

Q: How to pay for outpatient rehab

A: Besides paying the full outpatient rehab price cash, there are several options that can lower treatment costs and make it more affordable.

The Affordable Care Act – Known as “Obama Care”, this new law obligates insurance companies to offer mental health and addiction treatment coverage at an equal rate with other medical conditions, which means that your insurance company won’t be able to charge you a higher copay for addiction treatment than for the treatment of any other medical condition.

Employer Assistance Programs – If your employer has an employee assistance program, they may help you with making treatment arrangements and paperwork related to insurance, Medicaid, or tax deductions. Check out your employee handbook or ask someone from the HR department for more details about mental health benefits.

Private Health Insurance – Insurance is often the first option that can help you participate in a rehab program without it costing an arm and a leg. Note that not all of the services you receive may be covered with your insurance plan, but having a health insurance greatly lowers costs. Call your insurance company to make sure your treatment plan covers addiction and mental health treatment costs AND call the treatment provider to check whether they accept the kind of health insurance you have.

Sliding Scale Outpatient Rehabs – Some facilities may subsidize addiction treatment services based on your income. Be candid and ask the admissions staff directly about this option, especially if cost is a barrier to getting help.

Medicaid or Medicare – If you qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, your treatment costs will be significantly lower and you may receive some types of treatment help for free, while your support group and counseling sessions may cost much less.

Q: Are outpatient alcohol and drug programs similar?

A: Yes.

The basic program for outpatient rehab is usually the same, no matter your drug-of-choice. Some outpatient clinics may specialize in a particular type of drug treatment (such as opiates or stimulants), but substance abuse is generally treated similarly for cases of alcohol or drug abuse.

Find the best outpatient rehab

You can ask your doctor or therapist to recommend or refer you to an outpatient rehab in your area, or you can do your own research when choosing the right rehab program. While doing your own research you can use the extensive listing of licensed and certified treatment facilities and narrow your search down to your state and local area.

To find addiction specialists and outpatient rehabs in your area:

  • Talk to your doctor
  • Seek referrals from local mental health clinics, community health centers, and hospitals
  • Seek referrals by word-of-mouth
  • Search the American Psychological Association provider database
  • Search the national SAMHSA treatment directory
  • Search the the Directory of Single State Agencies (SSA) for Substance Abuse Services
  • Contact your health insurance company
  • Find out if your workplace offers mental health programs

What to look for in outpatient rehab

An outpatient rehab program must include counseling services, prescribe or oversee the use of medications (if needed), be safe, be flexible and adapt to your changing needs, and be able to deal with all aspects of your health and life.

Outpatient addiction rehab (like addiction itself) is unique and different for everyone. In fact, there is no one treatment approach that works for everyone. But, as treatment options are growing, how do you decide what kind of outpatient rehab will fit your needs best? Well, the first few mitigating factors that you should consider are:

1. Accreditation. Be sure that the outpatient rehab is licensed in your state to provide addiction treatment services. National accreditation programs include the Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and SAMHSA. You can be sure the inpatient rehab is listed with your State’s Department of Health and Social Services, as well.

2. Cost. Sobriety is priceless. While treating addiction is far more cost-effective than continuing the harmful habits, facing financial issues in early recovery may easily lead to a relapse. That’s why you should always consider all available options that can help you stay financially stable and functioning.

3. Distance. If you are living at home, going to work and traveling to a facility to attend sessions, it should be easy to get there and return back home. Long driving can impact your motivation to attend outpatient rehabilitation and pose as an obstacle for continuing treatment.

4. Flexibility. The flexibility of the treatment program is crucial for long-term success. Programs need to evolve as the patient’s needs change, and if a type of treatment is not suitable for you, the outpatient treatment provider should quickly switch to another treatment approach.

5. Support. A good outpatient rehab clinic should offer its patients support and assistance whenever they need it. Support is something that recovering addicts need, so they know they are not left alone to deal with withdrawal, cravings, temptations, or other triggers.

Making outpatient rehab work for you

Facing the challenges of continuing a normal home and work life while being dedicated to recovery has its benefits AND down sides when compared to the more traditional inpatient rehab. Still, there is much you can do to increase your chances of success in outpatient rehab. Here is what you will need to make the most out of any rehab program:

  • actively resolve psycho-emotional issues
  • attend support groups
  • avoid people, places and other triggers
  • be dedicated to recovery
  • be motivated to change
  • use all available resources to make  progress
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12 Responses to “Outpatient rehab
11:34 am October 19th, 2015

I need methadone outpatient my doctor recommended it and I have medicaide Houston tx

5:42 pm November 9th, 2015

Hello Catrina. I was able to find the following links containing lists of outpatient methadone clinics in Houston TX: and Call them directly to see if they accept MedicAid and to get more informed.

12:38 am November 12th, 2015

I am a recovering addict. I struggled with opiate addiction for more than ten years, having used a combination of prescription drugs and heroin. I found out I was pregnant almost three years ago, and at time, I entered a methadone treatment clinic. I have been clean and finally living a normal life, focusing on my family instead of drugs, ever since. During the course of my addiction, I ran the gammit of treatment programs, from inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, suboxone, home withdrawal and jail. None of it lasted longer than the amount of time it took for me get my hands on my next fix. I have had many friends and other family members who I have watched in the same horrible cycle I was in, and none of the previous treatments worked for them either. Unfortunately, I watched some of these people end up in long term prison sentences or dead before they could win the battle. As for me, I consider myself lucky. I and a select few of others I know, made it to the time when we were able to join the methadone clinic. I am a firm believer that this is the only reason I, too didn’t end up in jail or dead. I can’t speak for everyone else, but I feel so fortunate that there are people who recognized the importance of having other options than abstinence available to addicts wanting out of the circle of hell created by opiate addiction. I am now a stay at home mom who focusses all of my energy on my beautiful kids and fiancé. I just don’t believe this would have been possible without the methadone clinic and the heroic people who run it everyday. Thank you.

10:20 pm February 9th, 2016

i need help finding a out patient rehab that is at low cost in the bogalusa,la area

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:29 am February 10th, 2016

Hi, Caitlyn. You may check out SHAMSA’s treatment locator: to find an appropriate treatment facility.

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7:03 am February 11th, 2016

Thanks for sharing this valuable information with us.

11:01 pm March 13th, 2016

i been on opiads for a fee mouths now, sever middle back pain. hysingaqlet an now morphiine time released 30 mg, noddig out / feels like i quit breathing- very scarry!!!!!!! DOCTOR said,that thia morphine is ais the last kind of pain killer=he can persribe. copd\ hep c\ anyway stopped taking pills for several days= an the nodding still is happing!!!!!! i dont know what to do!!??

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:01 pm March 18th, 2016

Hi Steve. Have you tried seeking help from a pain clinic? You may consider looking for a second opinion about your pain management plan.

7:53 am April 1st, 2016

can i purchase elimidrol over the counter. or order it from canada or someplace. will someone,anyone please respond i desperately need help. i am tired. want a new life HELP

1:25 am August 21st, 2016

i want to detox off of my xanax, been taking them 27 yrs. Can u give me some advice on this. Right now, im going thru withdrawal til SUNDAY AM, when i get my script. Been having a terrible time. this is not the first time. Anyone out there to give me some advice.

2:01 pm August 24th, 2016

Hi Caron. Quitting Xanax isn’t easy, but it is achievable. You can dial the helpline number displayed on our website to get in touch with professionals who can help find the best treatment for your needs. You can also visit SAMHSA’s treatment locator to look for licensed rehab facilities in your area of living.

9:02 am January 16th, 2017

Thanks for giving this information.This is really helpful!

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