Professional Outpatient Treatment Programs

Professional Outpatient Treatment Programs

Professional Outpatient Treatment Programs (OPTs) are a good choice for people with a primary or secondary addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Professional outpatient treatment programs are good choices — this is especially true if you have no medical complications, it’s your first treatment, you must stay working, or if you want to stay close to home because of certain obligations.

Though most OPTs are centered around alcohol and drug addiction, with a bit of research, hopefully you can find a local OPT program that focuses on your addiction.

Professionally run outpatient programs, such as those that are 12-Step or self-help based, offer a treatment system and are educational and personal-growth oriented, giving you a chance to deal with the issues behind your addiction. Limited individual and family counseling is often included in these programs, offering you a basic foundation for recovery. Added counseling is often needed.

Intense Day Treatment: Sessions start in the morning and go through late afternoon, usually five to six days a week. They offer basically the same program that inpatient programs offer but for fewer hours a week and at a much lower cost, which varies widely.

Outpatient Treatment: Sessions last two to three hours each day, three to six times per week, for six months to a year. They usually include brief to long-term continuing support of up to several years and are primarily held in the evening. They provide much of the same program structure that inpatient programs offer, but over a longer period of time. Therefore, they are less intense and cost much less. Again, the cost ranges widely.

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Professionally Run Groups for Addiction Treatment

Professionally Run Groups for Addiction Treatment

Most professionally run groups for addiction treatments handle drug and alcohol addiction or codependency.

Thanks to awareness and online communication, more professionally run groups than ever have arisen that focus on other types of addiction. But many more options are needed.

Sharing personal issues and information in front of other people can feel uncomfortable, even scary. Yet, many people will benefit more from a group than from individual work. A professionally run group can cost $15 to $60 per hour. Groups ran by interns or through a nonprofit agency may cost less. Most meet weekly for one to two hours.

Professionally run groups have several important advantages over peer run groups, including:

  • More consistent.
  • Less likely to have interpersonal issues.
  • Have a wider range of resources.
  • Likely to provide members with emotional help to resolve issues and move on.

There are several types and styles of professional groups. Common ones are:

  • Educational: Informational, held for a few weeks.
  • Psycho-Educational/Coaching: Informational, goal setting, solution finding, emotional and practical support; either time-limited or ongoing.
  • Therapeutic: The support and guidance to explore, gain insight, grow, and resolve deeper emotional issues; usually on-going time line.

Working with a Group

Those who feel guilty, shy, or vulnerable, or those who want to go deeper into their issues and grow quicker, may benefit from individual work before they take on group work, but they should remain aware that support and carefrontation of peers can be very effective in breaking down defenses (especially denial and minimization) and dealing with the many issues of recovery. In mainstream treatment, clients are challenged by carefrontation, but never attacked, emotionally broken down, or morally judged. Most groups meet at least once a week for between one and two hours.

Codependent recovery support groups offer the support to focus on yourself, not others. This isn’t easy for most co’s, who usually have strong defenses regarding their addiction to be needed by others. Expect to be carefronted until you’re truly able to focus on yourself.

Adult Child of Alcoholics or dysfunctional families (ACA/ACOA) groups are helpful for support and carefronting of childhood issues. Because of the deep emotional intensity of such old issues, personal psychotherapy can also be very beneficial. The individual work involved in psychotherapy gives you personal time, a safe environment, and the guidance of a therapist.

The style and cost for codependent recovery groups and ACA/ACOA groups are similar to other recovering support groups. They have their unique focus.

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