Outpatient Rehab in NJ
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Introduction to Outpatient Treatment
Not all addictions and mental health issues are created equally and there is such a thing as too much treatment or overkill. Just like you wouldn’t cast your arm to heal a small scrape, not every instance of substance abuse or mental illness requires inpatient care and lengthy stays in a treatment facility.
Nonetheless, many people perceive that the best results come solely from the most intensive treatment. In reality though, the rehab should be appropriate and proportionate to the level of addiction or mental illness.
That’s where options like outpatient treatment come into play. The chief difference between an outpatient program and an inpatient one is that you aren’t obligated to move into the rehab center. This type of non-residential care is markedly less restrictive and affords you the most flexibility and freedom.
Therefore, outpatient treatment is most often associated with more moderate instances of addiction or mental illness.
With that being said, it’s important to remember that treatment, just like addiction and mental health issues themselves, happens along a continuum or gradient. So, outpatient care can work well as a transitory type of treatment for those who’ve finished an inpatient program, partial care (PHP) or even just wanting a step down from an intensive outpatient program (IOP).
Getting you on the road to recovery and a path of sobriety with as little discomfort and inconvenience as possible is the goal and outpatient treatment plays a vital role in that, whether you start with it or transition to it.
What's the Difference Between IOP & Outpatient?
On a basic level, the distinction between IOP, or an intensive outpatient program, and a regular outpatient program is largely related to the time spent in treatment sessions.
In an IOP program, you’ll be attending more sessions per week, for more overall hours. At Relevance Recovery, our intensive outpatient program can be done either 3 days a week or 5 days a week depending on your specific needs with sessions lasting 3 hours. In total, you can expect 9 to 15 hours a week of treatment.
Regular outpatient care would be fewer cumulative hours than that.
That’s not the only difference though.
When considering which is right for you, it’s worth noting and it’s something that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) pointed out, “low-intensity programs may offer little more than drug education. Other outpatient models, such as intensive day treatment, can be comparable to residential programs in services and effectiveness, depending on the individual patient’s characteristics and needs”.
It varies from rehab to rehab but speaking for our outpatient program, we go well beyond drug and alcohol education.
The Benefits of Our Outpatient Drug Rehab in NJ
At Relevance Recovery, we focus on treating the whole of you, which means combining evidence-based methods like talk therapy in both individual and group settings with holistic therapies such as biosound therapy, equine psychotherapy, acupuncture and more. Our program aims to treat you in your entirety.
There are many benefits to outpatient drug rehab in NJ but the biggest of them all is that you’re actively on the road to sustained sobriety. A big achievement in its own right. That aside, here are some of the core advantages of an outpatient drug or alcohol program in New Jersey.
You Can Live at Home
The most obvious of the positives is that with outpatient treatment, you spend your evenings in the comfort of your own home and can sleep in your own bed. The power of that is tough to state but it’s a wonderful thing. Not only that, but it also creates a feeling of personal responsibility and accountability in that you’re being afforded the trust to be on your own.
Access to Your Support System
But are you really on your own?
To achieve the best outcomes in an outpatient program, it’s imperative to have a supportive safety net of loved ones to go home to. It goes without saying that addiction and mental health issues doesn’t just affect the person experiencing them, it has far-reaching effects on everyone in your orbit. In the same way, having access to a support system of family and friends is critical to regaining control of your life and achieving sobriety. Without that warmth and positive reinforcement, what you learn in rehab can easily be undone.
Fits Into Your Schedule – Maintain your Work, School and/or Family Commitments
Going back to the idea of responsibility for a moment, outpatient rehab is designed to allow you to maintain your responsibilities and commitments because it’s designed to fit into your schedule.
To put it bluntly, life doesn’t stop because you’re facing a challenge with a substance use disorder. The bills still need to be paid, kids need to be taken to school, work needs to be done around the house and in the office, etc. It may seem harsh but this also highlights the beauty of an alternative like outpatient treatment. You can get the dedicated treatment for drug addiction, alcoholism, and/or mental health issues that you require while being able to maintain your normal routine.
Test and Practice What You’ve Learned in Rehab in Real Life
A core component of rehab is learning new coping mechanisms and ways to deal with the stresses of daily life – situations that before may have led you to use drugs or drink alcohol.
With outpatient care, because you’ll only be coming to the facility for your sessions, you’ll be able to put what you’ve learned to use right away. Powerful proof and reassurance to yourself that you truly have turned the corner and can cope with the challenges of life, without resorting to substances.
Transition and Continuing Care
We’ve said it before but it always bears repeating, recovery is a process and it happens along a continuum. No single part of the process is treatment in and of itself.
Outpatient care can function as a transition and a continuation of rehab for those who have completed a partial care or inpatient program because ending care abruptly could have devastating effects, including the potential for relapse.
Lastly, and critically for many, outpatient care will have an inherently lower cost associated with it because you’re not staying overnight for weeks and you’re doing it for sessions. That said, you should not consider committing to outpatient treatment solely based on the price. Treatment must be adequate for the severity of your addiction and/or mental health issues and someone with a profoundly serious condition won’t necessarily benefit from outpatient rehab. In fact, you may end up spending more over time by trying to save in this way because the likelihood of relapse increases dramatically when the initial treatment is inadequate.
Our Outpatient Alcohol Rehab in NJ
The prevalence of alcohol use disorder (AUD) is startling.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) noted that in 2019, 14.5 million people ages 12 and older had an AUD.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “16% of the adult population reported binge drinking and 7% reported heavy drinking”. The CDC goes further, adding that excessive alcohol use is responsible for over 95,000 deaths in the US each year – that’s 261 deaths per day.
No doubt, you get a sense of the scope of the issue.
Depending on the severity of your dependency and addiction to the drink, outpatient alcohol rehab in NJ could be just the thing you need to end your toxic relationship with alcohol.
Our team has years of combined experience working with those suffering from the debilitating long-term effects of alcoholism and can help guide you back from addiction, giving you back control of your life.
Continue Your Journey of Recovery in New Jersey
You don’t have to face mental health issues or addiction by yourself. Recovery is a journey and it’s one that’s best taken with a supportive team on your side. Outpatient treatment gives you the benefit of combining our team of experts with the support of your loving family and friends.
Get in touch with us today to learn more about our treatment center and if outpatient rehab for drug or alcohol abuse is right for you.
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