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What Are The Benefits Of An Outpatient Program?

Americans looking for help with getting on the path to recovery from substance use disorders deserve to get it on terms they can live with. For some people, that means enrolling in an inpatient rehab program, but for most Kentuckians, that’s just not a practical option. Outpatient rehabilitation for opiate addiction is often the better choice. Read on to find out why.

Continue to Spend Time with Family

Unlike an inpatient drug rehab, an outpatient facility allows patients to go home each night and spend time with their families. For those who have supportive spouses, parents, siblings, or children, this can be a crucial part of the recovery process. Plus, people enrolled in outpatient programs can continue to meet family obligations such as providing care to elderly parents or driving kids to school.

Maintaining Employment

Because drug addiction resources must be made available to anyone who wants them, some outpatient programs operate off hours in the evenings or on weekends so that patients can continue to maintain employment. While it’s true that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protects a worker’s right to take a leave of absence to attend rehab, it doesn’t require employers to offer paid time off. For breadwinners and sole caregivers, taking a leave of absence to attend an inpatient rehab program just isn’t always feasible.

Providing Long-Term Solutions

Inpatient programs can help people struggling with severe substance use disorders in the earliest stages of recovery in that they often offer medical detox services for those who could experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms and always provide a safe place to avoid triggers that would otherwise prompt substance use. However, these short-term strengths can also create long-term drawbacks.

Because patients enrolled in inpatient programs aren’t exposed to stressful triggers and have access to medications that may not be available to them at home, it’s not uncommon for relapses to occur soon after program completion. For some people, participating in an outpatient program either instead of or following inpatient treatment can make it easier to put the tools learned in rehab to good use in the real world.

Meeting Set Budgets

Inpatient drug programs can be extremely expensive, especially for patients who don’t have insurance and/or live on a set budget. Outpatient programs tend to be more affordable since they don’t include costs associated with room and board, meal planning, or access to medical staff. More insurance providers are willing to cover outpatient programs than inpatient alternatives, as well.

Programs Tailored to Patients’ Needs

Outpatient programs can be tailored to fit each patient’s unique needs. Some people get more out of group therapy, while others need additional time with private counselors. Instead of getting a one-size-fits-all solution, each patient will receive care according to his or her treatment plan.

It’s Time for a Second Chance

Ready to get help? Lexington & Somerset, KY residents can reach out to the experts at the 2nd Chance Clinic. Conveniently located right in the heart of Central Kentucky, our clinic provides a variety of opiate addiction treatment options to meet each patient’s needs, including comprehensive outpatient programs. We can be reached online at 2ndchanceclinics.com/contact-us/ or by phone at (859) 368-8820.