You know you need addiction treatment. You also aren\u2019t sure you need inpatient rehab. Could outpatient addiction treatment be an option? Outpatient rehab could be right for you if you don't need 24-hour care, as stated by the scientific journal Psychiatric Services. So what do outpatient programs look like, and what are some of the upsides? We\u2019ll answer those questions and more as we look closer at outpatient addiction rehab. What is outpatient addiction treatment? According to the Recovery Research Institute, people use outpatient addiction treatment more than any other approach. All outpatient programs share a few things in common.\u00a0 \tIndividual and group therapy \tEducation about addiction and mental health\u00a0 \tFamily sessions and activities \tNo overnight stays Outpatient programs are created for different levels of need. Here are a few differences to keep in mind. Less intense programs\u00a0 \tSessions held 2-3 days a week \tSessions are 1-3 hours long \tEvening and weekend sessions More intense programs \tSessions held 5-6 days a week \tSeveral hours per session, often full days \tMostly daytime sessions, some evenings or weekends \tMore skills to support recovery (SAMHSA Treatment Improvement Protocols): \tAssertiveness \tStress management \tRelapse prevention \tRole-playing to help people learn to refuse substances Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)\u00a0 IOP programs are best for people with a less severe disorder. It is a good fit for people who have a full-time job or attend school. They can carry these responsibilities with treatment. Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)\u00a0 PHP gives added support for people with a more severe disorder. They may be working on independent living. PHP is a step below residential treatment but more intense than IOP. Benefits of outpatient addiction treatment Outpatient addiction treatment has many upsides. Here are several reasons many people chose this approach.\u00a0 Lower cost Outpatient treatment costs less than inpatient treatment. There are no overnight stays, and some programs may receive federal funding. As discussed by the National Council for Behavioral Health, this funding makes treatment affordable for more people. Clinics are local Outpatient clinics are common in many communities. Better access makes it easier to attend. Less travel means family members may be more likely to take part. Flexible for work, school and home A person in an IOP program can continue work or school. They can also be around family members at home. PHP programs are more time-intensive than IOP. But the flexibility still makes this choice attractive. Step-down option from residential care Residential care is a big change from regular daily life. PHP is often used to ease this transition. A person can continue learning and building skills. They have rehab support along with some comforts of home.\u00a0 Online recovery is an option The COVID-19 pandemic made online recovery part of the new normal and has increased access to treatment. Online recovery can help people who prefer the format or need convenient access. It can also cost less and doesn\u2019t require travel.\u00a0 Outpatient treatment isn\u2019t for everyone\u00a0 Outpatient treatment has many benefits. But it may not be a good fit for everyone. Here are a few reasons why:\u00a0 \tOutpatient services may not be intensive enough for a person\u2019s needs. They may have multiple mental health or substance use disorders.\u00a0 \tSome people need more daily structure in their recovery. \tTriggers in their home environment may pull them off track.\u00a0 \tMoving between home and treatment may feel stressful. \tThey may become discouraged or uncertain during off-hours.\u00a0 In these situations, residential rehab may be better at the start. Outpatient care may be appropriate when their recovery is more stable.\u00a0 Learn more about outpatient addiction rehab Outpatient addiction rehab is a popular choice with many advantages. However, it\u2019s not the right choice for everyone in recovery. To find out if outpatient addiction treatment could be right for you or a loved one, call us at P.A.T.H. at 1-888-622-7809 to learn more.