For many people who go through an inpatient addiction treatment program, the next step after being discharged is to continue treatment in an intensive outpatient program before returning home. It’s natural for some patients to resist this—they often feel significantly better after having gone through the inpatient program. However, there are still plenty of reasons why an outpatient treatment program can be beneficial.
Here is some important information from our addiction treatment center about outpatient treatment programs in Denver, CO, and how they can benefit individuals in recovery.
Why an outpatient program is a good idea
The biggest reason why so many doctors recommend participating in an intensive outpatient program before fully reintegrating into society is because those first few months of recovery are an extremely fragile and vulnerable time. Many people who are new to recovery relapse as soon as they complete their inpatient treatment if they don’t continue to get the support they need. This even goes for those people who take their sobriety seriously during the program and feel as though their addiction is behind them.
Inpatient treatment programs are highly beneficial, but they also do not simulate the “real world” very well. In fact, they strive to completely remove you from any temptations or distractions you might experience. You don’t have the same kind of access to addictive substances you do once you’re out on your own, and nobody’s pressuring you to use. There aren’t day-to-day stresses, work, traffic or difficult relationships.
It can be a shock to the system to leave the relative safety net that is inpatient treatment to go right back into the world, where all your triggers and temptations are right there in front of you. This is why outpatient treatment is so important.
During outpatient treatment, you still take part in some significant treatment sessions, but you do not live there. Your sessions will occur several times a week, several hours per day in the daytime or evening to accommodate your schedule. The length of the program will vary depending on your needs and the recommendations of your treatment team. Some people only need to participate in the program for a few weeks, while others might participate for about a year. The primary benefit of this program is that it’s a helpful way to bridge the gap between inpatient treatment and being on your own. You can slowly ease back into your normal life, but still get the therapeutic support you need to avoid temptation and stay clean.
Outpatient treatment also has more treatment options. You may choose to get your family involved. There’s also a wider variety of programs, such as art therapy, yoga, music, meditation and more, beyond the standard therapy and talk sessions.
If you’re interested in learning more about intensive outpatient treatment programs in Denver, CO for addiction recovery, we encourage you to contact Continuum Recovery of Colorado for more information. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the rehab process and the steps involved.