Information on Outpatient Drug Rehabs & Treatment Centers

Outpatient Treatment | IOP | Intensive Outpatient Treatment


Outpatient treatment centers have grown tremendously in popularity over the past 10 to 20 years; for a variety of reasons.  For those who aren’t very familiar with this course of treatment, you should now that it encompasses many variations and can help people struggling from many types of addictive maladies, including; substance abuse, chemical dependency, alcohol & drug abuse, dual-diagnosis/co-occurring disorders and so on.

Intensive Outpatient Drug Rehabs and Treatment CentersOutpatient drug rehabs range in style, size, intensity and so on.  Quite often you might hear them referred to as “IOP” – Intensive Outpatient Treatment, which usually means a more in-depth and structured regimen.  Their range in structure can vary greatly; from 8 hrs a day 5 days a week down to as little as one or two single sessions lasting as little as 1 to 2 hours per week. 

There are many reasons one would choose outpatient over inpatient..  The biggest reason is that you still get to live at home while having the benefit of a treatment regimen in your daily structure.  Most people who do not happen to get into such a mess requiring residential/inpatient treatment would much prefer the freedoms of living at home while gaining the benefits of treatment.  Outpatient rehabs are a great option for people whom are young and have not shown the need to have their freedoms removed.  Also, many business & corporations have contracts with IOP’s in the event they have an employee requiring addiction treatment services.  Such cases involve creating an outpatient treatment option that operates around the hours of the employee’s work schedule.  There are many other scenarios as well…

One point of clarification, don’t confuse DUI/DWI classes or drug diversion classes, such as California’s PC1000 program as actual outpatient treatment, they are not.  These types of classes are under contract with state or local government agencies in order to provide a forum which provides the dual role of education and punishment for the offender.  There are certain overlaps, such as, requiring some minimal attendance of 12 step recovery meetings and so on, but in terms of real recovery and the tools one needs to establish long term sobriety, don’t confuse the two.

While outpatient rehab is substantially less expensive than that of traditional inpatient treatment, it’s important to realize some addicts & alcoholics are far beyond the point of benefiting from the outpatient structure due to their need for more stringent oversight.  Take crack-cocaine or heroin, for instance; drugs which grab such an emotional and physical hold of the patient that, more often than not, requires the absence of initial freedom in order to create a barrier between them and the drug.  For the “true” addict, the concept of attending a few hours of outpatient therapy followed by a drive home coupled with traditional daily freedoms is usually no match for the enormous euphoric recall of such drugs.  This is not an across-the-board fact with addicts and alcoholics but it certainly is something to take into account.

Over the past few years outpatient facilities have begun teaming up with high-end sober living homes in creating what is now becoming known as the “Florida Model” approach to treatment.  The purpose behind it is to create not only a more affordable alternative to typical residential treatment, but also, they are able to further customize the client’s treatment protocol since they don’t fall under typical state guidelines and restrictions.  In the Florida Model scenario the client essentially lives at the sober living homes and has the benefits of greater daily freedoms while also being enrolled and overseen by staff within an outpatient treatment structure.  Again, as mentioned previously, this might not be an optimal protocol for a client whom is addicted beyond a level of control to the point that in face of free time, has no ability to oppose the option to drink or use.  In such a case there is simply no way around inpatient treatment which forces he or she to give up all forms of freedoms and abilities to secure drugs such as a car, money, communication with the outside, etc.

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The information above is intended as a general guide based on the experience of many. The creators of this web page are not licensed physicians; we are caring individuals whom have experienced the horrors of addictive-type illnesses on many levels. We speak from many years of personal and professional experience. Please feel free to contact us for any reason at:


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