Outpatient treatment services combine recovery with participation in the everyday world. They can be perfect for the addict whose disease has started to drive them back into themselves, and away from community, work, and family. Showing up for life is a crucial aspect of long term recovery. Outpatient treatment services facilitate this, even as they deliver the same type of programming as residential rehabs.
Life goes on, right? It doesn’t stop just because you’re looking to transform yourself. Bills need paid and somebody has to feed the kids. You might not be in a position to go away for 28 or 60 days. 28 or 60 more days, that is. Many addicts have been gone long enough, gone from the people they need for love and support, the same people who need them in return. Recovery, like life, derives meaning from participation.
Intensive outpatient treatments change lives, just like residential facilities. They let addicts apply what they learn immediately, so they can see what does and doesn’t work in their unique situations. Essentially, outpatient treatment is a back and forth process, like on the job training for a better life. Outpatient treatment is ongoing. It lets addicts and their families store up food for the bad weather to come, even as the winter is gathering.
Maybe we should ease into things?
Residential treatments are wonderful. They provide recovery tools, safety, and round the clock support. They are often necessary, especially if the addict is experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms or has relapsed several times. But leaving inpatient facilities can be difficult. After several intense weeks away, returning to life can be overwhelming, like a shock to a delicate system. Outpatient treatment allows the addict to ease back into life slowly, in a way that prepares them for the difficulties to come.
Then there’s the matter of cost. Cost is another thing the newly sober addict might want to ease back into! Early recovery is stressful enough, without the pressure of a huge bill looming over it. Outpatient treatment is less expensive, and lets the client continue to work and fulfill their obligations. It all depends on your situation, on striking the best balance between recovery and so called real life. We say so called because recovery and real life are exactly the same, a certainty that outpatient treatment embodies perfectly.