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Florida Outpatient Drug Treatment

Those who are caught in the seemingly endless cycle of drug and alcohol addiction may feel like there is no way out of their situation. They may have tried to quit drugs on their own or may have tried other treatment programs in the past but have not been able to achieve the lasting sobriety they seek. 

The key to meaningful long-term sobriety is finding the right drug treatment program that features the correct balance of therapy and other essential services in an environment, which is nurturing and conducive to addressing one’s addiction. While there are many quality Florida drug treatment options to choose from, finding the right treatment option can be a challenge.

For many addicts struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, residential-based inpatient drug treatment is often the first option they review. With its structure and intense programming schedule, inpatient treatment can provide the tools and support one needs to overcome their substance abuse. However, each addict has their own unique needs, and inpatient drug rehab may not be the best fit. What if someone has family and work commitments they can’t leave? What if their addiction issues are not seen as being severe and in need of more intensive treatment. For people who fall into these types of situations, a Florida outpatient drug rehab program is an ideal fit.

If you would like more information on Ocean Breeze Recovery Center’s outpatient drug treatment programs, call us today at 1-800-960-5341.

Outpatient vs. Inpatient: What’s the difference?

Otherwise known as intensive outpatient programs or day treatment programs, Florida’s outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs are highly versatile and can be utilized in a couple of different capacities. The first way that outpatient treatment can be utilized after someone completes a more intense and structured inpatient program and is looking to get the extra counseling, support, and motivation they need as they transition back to their normal life. Outpatient drug rehab can also be used for those people who don’t need formal medical detoxification services and don’t require an extended stay that the treatment facility itself.

Where Is Outpatient Treatment in the Continuum of Care?

Outpatient services are a low intensity level of care and it falls in the second level in the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s levels of care. The continuum of care refers to the ongoing progress toward recovery in addiction treatment. Most treatment plans don’t just place clients into one level of care until they are finished. Instead, you may move from one level of care to the next depending on your needs and progress. Your time in a given level of care depends on your progress through your treatment plan objectives and towards your overall goals. It also depends on your needs. For instance, if you have a complicated co-occurring disorder, you may spend more time in an intensive level of care.

Generally, the most effective treatment will involve spending as much time as it takes to progress in the level of care you are in. Rushing through treatment won’t produce lasting results and spending too long in treatment may produce diminishing returns.

Outpatient service falls between intensive outpatient treatment and aftercare. In many cases, completing outpatient treatment marks the end of formal treatment and the beginning of your new sober life and continued commitment to sobriety. Before outpatient services, many people go through intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) or a partial hospitalization program (PHP). This level of care involves more time in treatment each week.

In IOP, you will have a more structured environment in which you will learn relapse prevention strategies and get to the root of underlying problems. When you arrive in outpatient treatment, you will have more free time and so, more responsibility. You will have a chance to apply your relapse prevention strategy in the real world while still being able to fall back on the counselling of your outpatient program for structure and advice.

Outpatient programs will ease you into the full independence of life after treatment. However, you should still become with involved in aftercare programs, 12-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, or other support groups.

Who Needs Outpatient Treatment?

Outpatient treatment is the ideal level of care for a variety of clients. If you’ve completed more intensive levels of care and you’re ready for more independence, outpatient services are the best next step in the continuum of care. In some cases, clients may go straight into outpatient treatment. If you have a psychological dependence on a drug that isn’t known to cause chemical addiction and isn’t medically dangerous, outpatient treatment may be a way to learn better coping strategies so that you don’t have to rely on a chemical substance.

Outpatient vs. Inpatient

When an addict or an addict’s family is looking at an outpatient drug treatment program, they may be unsure of the differences between outpatient programs and inpatient-based rehab programs. With inpatient treatment, individuals will reside in the treatment facility itself or in a dorm room type setting and will abide by the rules and regulations put forth by the facility. While there may be exceptions, those who undergo inpatient treatment generally relinquish control of their day-to-day lives in order to focus on their issues with substance abuse and addiction. With inpatient treatment facilities, the general length of stay can be 30 days but can be longer depending on the severity of one’s substance abuse issues, in which case long-term drug rehab may be suggested.

With an outpatient treatment program, people are able to live at home while receiving treatment and can continue with their work and family commitments. Clients can attend treatment programming during daytime or nighttime hours depending on their work, family, or school schedule. Typically, an intensive outpatient program consists of group and/or individual therapy 3-4 times weekly with those sessions usually lasting from 2-4 hours each. With outpatient rehab, there are usually drug tests conducted to ensure compliance. Outpatient treatment programs can run anywhere from 8-20 weeks and are dependent on an individual’s progress while in the program.

Our Outpatient Drug Treatment Programs Help You from Detoxification to Relapse Prevention

Services are usually administered either in small group settings or individually.  Among the areas and topic that are covered in an intensive outpatient program can include:

As with inpatient drug treatment, a Florida outpatient drug rehabilitation program also features family therapy so that the family unit can be a proactive and dynamic part of the recovery process.  Depending on the individual, there may also be additional mental health services available as well as assistance with finding employment, financial coaching, and other essential services. At Ocean Breeze Recovery, we also offer gender-specific treatment programs for men and women in our outpatient drug rehab program.

The Use of Therapy in Ocean Breeze’s Florida Outpatient Drug Treatment

The foundation of an effective Florida outpatient drug rehab is the use of therapy. Whether it is done on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting, the most common therapy utilized is psychotherapy. Also known as talk therapy, its focus is on identifying the unhealthy behaviors and attitudes that lie at the root of a person’s substance abuse and works to modify these actions towards healthier ways of thinking and feeling about themselves. With the use of this kind of therapy in an outpatient rehab setting, people learn healthy and adaptive ways to cope with experiences, memories, or past events that may lead to relapse behavior.

In addition to psychotherapy, treatment staff at an outpatient drug rehab may also utilize other forms of therapy including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, reality therapy, and emotionally focused therapy. No matter the type of therapy used, the main focus of a Florida outpatient drug treatment program is to give those new in recovery the tools and support they need to step confidently into their new lives in recovery. Learning to deal with addiction is an ongoing process, and whether someone is new in recovery or have some substantial clean time, one always needs to be prepared. Urges, cravings, and other triggering events can materialize without notice and a person in recovery can revert back to their addictive patterns of behavior and use.

Are You in Need of a Florida Outpatient Drug Rehab?

If you or a loved one would benefit from outpatient drug treatment, call Ocean Breeze Recovery Center today!  Our outpatient treatment programs are individually tailored to meet your unique and specific treatment needs, and our experienced staff will be with you in every step of your treatment journey to ensure you are getting the attention and quality care that you need.  Call us toll-free at 1-844-554-9279 and make your recovery a reality.


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