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Treating Addiction with Outpatient Rehab


Substance dependency and behavioral addiction can engulf a personís life. Addiction interferes with lives of addicts by destroying relationships, damaging mental health, and causing physical pain. Addiction can include anything from drugs and alcohol to compulsions such as gambling, sex and food. When a personís life becomes unmanageable due to their addiction, treatment programs can provide relief and sobriety. Treatment programs teach addicts how to lead healthy lives without engaging in their addiction. Rehabs accomplish this by intense individual therapy, relapse prevention groups, and group therapy sessions. Programs also include 12-step programs such as alcoholics anonymous to aid patients in the fight against addiction. 12-step programs provide a community of recovering addicts who share their experience strength and hope to aid themselves along with their peers.

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a kind of treatment service and support program used primarily to treat drug addiction. Outpatient rehab centers do not require the intensive residential treatment offered by more comprehensive rehab facilities. Addiction outpatient rehabs offer group and individual therapy for approximately 10-12 hours a week. Outpatient programs can be a good alternative or continuation of residential therapy. IOPS allow patients to participate in their daily affairs such a work or school and then participate in a treatment program either in the morning or evening.

Outpatient rehab centers encourage active participation in a 12-step program, such as alcoholics anonymous. IOP therapists apply the principles of these programs in their daily support and treatment groups. In addition to 12-step programs, outpatient treatment centers provide numerous groups with different therapists to target specific aspects of an addicts recovery. Outpatient treatment may include groups on codependency, anger management, relapse prevention, and sex and love. Groups are broken up by individual therapy sessions with licensed therapists whom also front the groups.

Addiction outpatient rehab treatment is inclusive to people of all ages, gender, and drugs of choice. For example, a 20 year old heroin addict could be in the same IOP as a 50 year old alcoholic. Although peopleís drugs of choice may be different, there is a common bond between the emotional struggles experienced by all addicts. These struggles are expressed and shared in outpatient treatment groups.

According to a 2007 UCLA study, the chances of people staying sober after completing an outpatient program were equal to those who completed a residential treatment program. IOPS allow addicts to practice sobriety in their day to day lives while still having the support and aid of being in a treatment program. If you cannot afford, or have the time to check into a residential treatment program, addiction outpatient programs are a solid alternative that will provide you with similar benefits of inpatient treatment programs.

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