Both outpatient and intensive outpatient programs are part-time, meaning you live at home or in sober living while receiving treatment, rather than in the facility. However, intensive outpatient programs require more time and attention.
Intensive outpatient programs are a good choice if you need more care but are unable to take time off from professional or personal responsibilities. They may also be a step down after you have gone through inpatient treatment—a bridge between inpatient and outpatient.
Outpatient programs tend to be several days a week of group or individual therapy, recreational activities, and more. They are often the last step after you have completed the other levels of care. However, if you have a good support network, have built healthy coping skills, and deal with a less severe addiction, you may start treatment at the outpatient level.
Both intensive outpatient and outpatient programs allow you to apply the coping and communication skills you learn in treatment to your everyday life. They allow you to practice living in your usual environment sober while you still have extra support.
These programs are also good if you already have a supportive network you can turn to; while you are receiving treatment at an intensive outpatient or outpatient program, that network can be there for you.
If you are struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder, there is help available. Amatus Recovery Centers offers high-quality treatment for addiction and mental health disorders in facilities across the country. We provide all levels of care, from detox to outpatient. Our staff will help you build healthy coping skills so that you can thrive in recovery. Call an admissions specialist at 410-593-0005.