Outpatient Treatment: How It Leads To Long Term Success

Addiction is a multifaceted problem that affects all kinds of people from all walks of life. It stands to reason that addiction treatment should not be a “one size fits all” solution, yet the sad truth is that many rehabilitation programs remain generalized and outdated. In fact, many follow treatments designed for men, despite modern research that shows women face unique sets of challenges when it comes to addiction

That’s why we are a women-specific treatment center at Anchored Tides Recovery, with a focus on individual needs and long-term recovery. We also realize that many women feel the need to delay treatment because of busy everyday lives and feelings of obligation towards others. 

Sound familiar? It’s time to get the treatment you deserve and give yourself a new lease on life. And because we offer outpatient addiction treatment at Anchored Tides, you can retain some schedule flexibility and return home each night. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Outpatient Addiction Treatment?

Whereas inpatient treatment is more traditional and involves actually being admitted to a facility under 24/7 medical supervision, outpatient is a more modern style of treatment that allows for some flexibility and goes far beyond just the detox process

While the exact experience varies for everyone, the outpatient program generally involves highly focused treatment during the day, after which you are allowed to return home each day with guidance on how to continue working towards sobriety. 

There are a naturally a lot of benefits to this arrangement, specifically:

  • Recovering addicts can maintain their basic everyday routines and keep up with responsibilities
  • In many cases, the ability to go to work and not have to forfeit a job
  • Medical care only as needed, not necessarily required 24/7
  • Ability to build a support network with friends and family much earlier on
  • Family and friends are actively able to witness the patient making progress
  • Ability to engage in community activities and hobbies — keep living life! 
  • Greater personal responsibility helps keeps patients dedicated to becoming sober and actively learning coping skills
  • No grand re-entry into the “real world”, meaning no shock or dramatic adjustment period following treatment
  • More affordable costs than most inpatient programs, thanks to fewer hours of onsite treatment and medical care

At Anchored Tides, we firmly believe in outpatient care and how allowing patients to spend time at home contributes to their successful treatment. And because different people require different levels of care, we offer three types of outpatient programs of varying degrees: Outpatient Program (OP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Those with more severe addiction problems may require PHP for closer medical monitoring during detox, while others may do well under the programs with lower medical intensity aspects. 

How Outpatient Treatment Paves the Way for a Lifetime of Sobriety

With outpatient treatment, one of the greatest benefits of all is the ability to actively make changes in everyday life. With inpatient care, the “real world” comes later, after detox and early counseling have been achieved. But because outpatient participants have their treatment worked into their everyday schedules, they are allowed to continue living their lives in the real world and make more steady, gradual changes each day. Though this means treatment is usually spread over a much longer period of time, it also means that long-term recovery is more feasible. 

And rest assured; when you’re a patient at Anchored Tides, we do not just cut off ties once your treatment program reaches its planned completion. In addition to running outpatient treatment, our team at Anchored Tides practices long-term recovery monitoring for our patients. This means regular follow-ups and wellness check-ins, as well as encouragement for you to stay involved with counseling groups. We help you stay accountable to yourself now and well into the future. 

We’re Here to Help

When you’re suffering from addiction, it’s so important to realize that you’re not alone. Nearly 20 million women engage in substance abuse every year in America, and many suffer from addiction for years. In addition to the numerous health risks, addiction leads to strained relationships, derailed careers, and ruined dreams. The time to get help is now. To learn more about your outpatient treatment options, reach out to us at Anchored Tides Recovery today.