Finding addiction treatment when you’re struggling with drugs or alcohol can be overwhelming. With so many options, you may be unsure of what is right for you. Outpatient treatment can help provide effective addiction treatment while being flexible with your schedule. Knowing what to expect during outpatient treatment can help you better plan for what’s in store and how to start.
Northpoint Seattle has a high-quality outpatient treatment program that may fit your needs. Our team provides quality care and support during your most vulnerable times. Call 425.414.3530 to find out what to expect during outpatient treatment at Northpoint.
What Is Outpatient Addiction Counseling?
Outpatient addiction counseling, or outpatient rehab, is a type of treatment that allows you to live at home and continue working or going to school while receiving help for your addiction. Treatment is typically scheduled around your other obligations, making it a more flexible option than inpatient treatment.
There are three main types of outpatient rehab, including:
- Outpatient program – This basic type of outpatient treatment offers structured counseling and therapy sessions during the day or evening. You will typically meet with a therapist or counselor one to three times per week for individual and group therapy.
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP) – PHP is a more intensive form of outpatient treatment that requires you to stay at the treatment facility for several hours each day, typically three to five days per week. During your stay, you will participate in group and individual therapy and other treatments like medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP) – IOP is a less intensive form of outpatient care that allows you to live at home while attending treatment sessions three to five days per week for a few hours each day.
No matter which type of outpatient treatment you choose, you will have access to the resources and support you need to recover from addiction.
What to Expect During Outpatient Rehab
Outpatient rehab typically lasts anywhere from a few weeks to several months. The length of treatment will depend on your needs and goals.
During outpatient treatment, you will participate in individual and group therapy sessions. You will also have access to other resources like 12-step meetings, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and wellness classes. Your time in outpatient rehab will be unique, with each therapy session tailored to your needs to help you recover.
During individual therapy, you will meet with a therapist or counselor one-on-one to discuss your addiction and any other issues you may be struggling with. This safe space allows you to share your thoughts and feelings without judgment.
Individual therapy sessions typically last 50 minutes to an hour. You will normally have one session per week, but the frequency may be increased or decreased depending on your needs.
Group therapy sessions are led by a therapist or counselor and provide an opportunity for you to share your experiences with other people who are struggling with addiction. These sessions typically last 60 to 90 minutes and occur one to three times per week.
Meeting with a group can be especially beneficial for addiction treatment because it allows you to see that you are not alone in your struggle. It can also provide an opportunity for you to gain new perspectives and support from others who understand what you are going through.
Family counseling sessions allow you to meet with a therapist or counselor with your family members. This is a safe space for you and your family to discuss your addiction and how it has affected your relationships.
Family counseling sessions typically last 60 to 90 minutes and occur one to three times per week.
When to Find Outpatient Addiction Treatment
Outpatient treatment may be a good option if you are struggling with addiction. Outpatient treatment is typically recommended for people who have already completed an inpatient treatment program and are looking for continued support in recovery.
Outpatient treatment is also a good option if you have a strong support system at home, as they will be able to help you with your recovery.
If you are not sure if outpatient treatment is right for you, please call us at 425.414.3530 to find out what to expect from outpatient treatment at Northpoint Seattle and how it might help you.