A Candid Guide to Outpatient Drug Rehab
Sobriety is hard. Often times it can feel impossible, but those who stick it out and choose not relapse will tell you that it is a fight worth winning. Staying sober almost always starts with choosing the right addiction treatment facility. But let’s be honest, no one in recovery calls those places “addiction treatment service providers,” we call them “drug rehab,” so that’s what I’m going to use.
It’s tragic that so many people fighting addiction don’t get the right level of care. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard of desperate people ready for rehab who were turned away because of insurance or added to a month’s long wait-list. That’s why I recommend outpatient drug rehab programs. They can generally treat you the same day or next day since you don’t have to wait for a bed to open up. Plus, they help you improve your social surroundings—friends, significant other, housing, and so on. If you want lasting change and freedom from addiction, outpatient drug rehab is generally the way to go.
Here are a few reasons I recommend for choosing outpatient drug rehab instead of inpatient:
- Way less expensive and often take Medicaid and Medicare
- Doesn’t require you to leave work, school, family, or life for any period of time
- Wraparound social services you can implement immediately
- Teaches you to improve your social surroundings to maintain sobriety
- Addresses core issues and provides healing over months or years of therapy
- Easy to return to a session or drug rehab whenever needed
- No wait-lists or reliance on other folks to graduate or leave
To effectively treat the brain disease of addiction, a program should have five key components. They have to be provided together and it works best if they are coordinated by a single provider, meaning that you aren’t going one place for medication, another for peer support, and a third for groups. The most effective rehabs are the ones that cover the biological, sociological, and psychological components of addiction.
- Medication (often called “MAT”)
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Peer support
- Wraparound social services support
You won’t find it all in an addiction treatment program, though. In most cases, drug rehab will help you lay the foundation and then it’s up to you to continue to build out the life you want. According to SAMHSA, there are four major dimensions to ongoing sobriety. These include:
- Manage the disease of addiction by abstaining from drugs and alcohol and by making healthy choices that lead to physical health and emotional well-being.
- Establish a stable and safe place home environment.
- Create purpose for yourself through daily commitments like school, career, volunteerism, family care, or other contributions to society.
- Build a community of sober friends and supportive family to encourage your recovery and provide connection, love, and hope.
There is hope, and there are drug rehab programs that work. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it! If you are struggling with a chemical addiction (alcohol, benzos, opioids, stimulants, or something else), please take the first step and check out the outpatient drug rehab programs offered by BrightView.
BrightView offers both outpatient and intensive outpatient programs, depending on the severity of each person's need.
You can find out more about BrightView’s amazing Peer Recovery Supporters here.