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How Long is Outpatient Rehab?

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How long is outpatient rehab?

For many individuals, the outpatient treatment program is the perfect choice in their road to recovery, thanks to its flexible style and less intensive and intrusive method of treatment than in inpatient care.

More importantly, outpatient treatment allows patients to get the best available treatment while also giving time to friends and family and without compromising your work schedule. Unlike inpatient treatment, outpatient care such as intensive outpatient treatment or partial hospitalization is shorter and won’t last for more than a couple weeks, depending on individual circumstances.

What is an outpatient treatment program?

Outpatient rehab requires patients to visit the treatment center a few times a week to attend therapies, drug abuse counseling sessions, group therapy sessions, educational seminars, etc. These typically last for 3 to four hours each day.

Unlike in residential treatment, you do not have to stay at the specific treatment center in outpatient care and you do not have access to facilities such as swimming pools, libraries, cafeterias, furnished rooms, computer labs, common rooms, etc. Though, you can choose your accommodation yourself.

Furthermore, outpatient treatment is less intensive than inpatient rehab which is why it is also often a step-down phase for individuals after the successful completion of their residential treatment. Most patients are recommended to enroll into an outpatient program so they can keep motivated and avoid risks of relapse.

Outpatient facilities include one-to-one therapy sessions, evaluations by certified addiction professional team, medical detox, substance abuse education, drug abuse and withdrawal coping skills, etc.

Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment

Inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment requires patients to enroll at the treatment facility and stay there for a particular duration. During this time, patients are kept under 24/7 intensive care and monitoring. They attend in-depth therapies, learn coping skills, understand the many physical and mental effects of drug abuse and alcohol addiction.

A large team of medical professionals including physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, nutritionists, health coaches, and other clinical staff are always available in case of emergencies. You undergo a unique plan designed to your specific needs and this medical team keeps track of your progress and any setbacks as well.

On the other hand, outpatient drug addiction treatment requires patients to visit the treatment facility a few times a week and each visit lasts for 3 to 5 hours. Treatment methods include seminars, group therapies, family therapies, professional treatment advice, support groups, etc. You do not need to stay at the location, nor will you have access to the kind of amenities available at inpatient treatment programs.

Your primary healthcare professional will usually recommend enrolling in an outpatient program after the successful completion of your inpatient treatment. This is to ensure that your progress remains steady and that there aren’t any risks of relapse.

What is the duration of outpatient alcohol rehab?

Before you decide to enroll in an outpatient alcohol rehab, it is imperative that you know the duration of the program and whether you will be able to commit to it in the long run.

Most patients who maintain sobriety and abstinence for long-term ten to attend a standard outpatient treatment or intensive outpatient program for a while. This provides opportunities to hear about other patients and those who have successfully overcome their urges. Such exposure can provide motivation in community support groups and you can even form lifelong bonds with people who are struggling with the same obstacles as you.

Aftercare support groups in outpatient rehab can really boost your confidence and help you maintain the strength and resilience needed to maintain sobriety, whilst also giving you a sense of achievement. You can also read more about what happens after you come out of outpatient care.

But, how long is outpatient rehab after all?

At Lantana Recovery, our outpatient rehab services typically last for 8 weeks. Our clients get an option to opt for either just phase 1 of the treatment which lasts 4 weeks, or the entire treatment for 8 weeks. Additionally, we also provide services while you are living in the comfort of your home, surrounded by loved ones. Or, you can choose to board with us too.

Within these 8 weeks, our professional therapists and other healthcare experts will provide you with educational materials, conduct seminars and group counseling sessions, teach you coping skills in times when your mood dips, etc. Whatever decision you make, it is important to commit to it for successful results and to transition to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Outpatient Services at Lantana Recovery

At Lantana Recovery, our outpatient treatment program comes in a variety of options for different patients struggling with different levels of addictions and other social and psychological challenges.

1. Psychiatry and Medication Management

Addiction often goes hand in hand with mental health challenges. At Lantana Recovery, we fully believe in addiction treatment alongside psychiatric medication management. Combining substance abuse treatment with thorough individual therapy is an essential part of any treatment plan. This can also be handy for underage patients struggling with addiction. Our certified psychiatrists and psychologists will help you through every step of the way by administering medication whilst also equipping you with the necessary coping skills needed to advance the recovery process and maintain sobriety in the long run.

2. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)

At Lantana, we believe in using clinically proven and most effective and recommended treatments for every client. Medications in combination with behavioral therapies help provide a “whole patient” approach to those suffering from substance abuse. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) such as Vivitrol® (Naltrexone), Suboxone® (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) and Sublocade™ (Buprenorphine Extended-Release) can be useful depending on the situation and the condition of each patient.

3. Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

PHPs are intensive forms of addiction treatment but they do not require the patient to reside at the medical facility as in case of inpatient rehab. Patients do not have 24/7 supervision either, but instead, they receive treatment by attending group and individual therapy as well as sessions with a psychiatrist for 20 to 30 hours a week at the treatment center. Once completed successfully, patients are then recommended to enroll in our other less intensive outpatient treatment or outpatient rehab program as a ‘step-down’ approach and to help sustain sobriety.

4. Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive outpatient treatment also does not require residential living or round the clock supervision. Patients are required to visit the center several times a week for therapy sessions, as well as medication advice. This outpatient rehab program is meant for those who live in a productive and safe environment surrounded by supportive friends and family and who want to continue their everyday life and fulfill work obligations without interruption.

5. Individual Therapy

One-to-one or individual therapy is one of the most effective methods of rehabilitation and at Lantana, our therapists have extensive experience dealing with all forms of addictions, mental health disorders, and other concerns. We are a treatment provider that drafts specific treatment plans that are different for each individual depending on their needs. We also follow only the best practices and utilize various therapeutic techniques to address your specific requirements.



Warren Phillips

Warren is a Licensed Master Social Worker, who specializes in substance abuse and mental health treatment. Clinically, Warren has developed a therapeutic skillset that utilizes a strengths-based perspective, Twelve Step philosophies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

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