outpatient addiction programs

If you are someone who is struggling with an addictive disorder or any mental illnesses, a residential (inpatient) or outpatient program provides a comprehensive level of care. Typically both programs are designed to help the patient achieve recovery. Before a member can start an outpatient program or any other treatment, they must first go through detox.

The typical length of treatment for a patient enrolled in our outpatient treatment is individualized to their needs. A set of psychosocial and pharmacological services are provided in a format that allows individuals to live at home, to work, and to care for themselves and their families.

According to the SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) national survey on addiction, approximately 23 million people (12 years and older) in the United States, are suffering from drug or alcohol abuse. That makes 9.3% of the total population, which is an alarming number. The survey further reported that out of all these drug addicts, only 11.2% receive the required treatment. That means choosing the right drug and abuse treatment program is imperative to your health.

While both residential and outpatient treatment programs are highly effective and reliable at helping people stabilize and recover from drug addiction, their key distinctions need to be considered before opting for one. These key differences make them less, or more appropriate for a patient’s needs. These treatment options also depend on the length, severity, and level of addiction.

At Sana Lake Recovery Center, we have qualified addiction professionals who perform an in-person diagnostic assessment to help people choose the right option. In addition to our medical professionals and mental health counselors, each member in our Outpatient Program will have access to a Peer Support Specialist who is certified by the state of Missouri. the Peer Support Specialist will help you find connections with others, offer guidance navigating treatment, and will offer a sense of belonging while supporting you with motivation to continue treatment and ongoing, long-term recovery.

To understand the outpatient treatment, it is important to know the key features of a residential treatment program.

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What is an Inpatient or Residential Treatment Program?

Residential treatment programs provide a structured environment where members are kept away from stressful circumstances that may trigger them to use drugs again. Inpatient programs aim to remove the triggers from a patient’s life and provide them with a safe space where they can recover.

In residential treatment, patients voluntarily choose a secure facility where they receive intensive care and around-the-clock monitoring to prevent the risk of relapse. This program is ideal for people who find outpatient treatment complex to achieve success and have a fear of relapse to alcohol or drug use.

Moreover, residential or inpatient treatment is suitable for patients who need detoxification services to prevent withdrawal symptoms. The patients can benefit from intensive care and detox services in the residential treatment program.

At Sana Lake Recovery Center, we recommend our patients to undergo a daily, drug and alcohol intensive care treatment regimen after their detoxification treatment. It helps them learn about addiction diseases in an immersive and supportive environment.

As a residential program involves highly intensive care, it is ideal for addicts who identify their treatment requirements and prefer taking supervised medical assistance to achieve success. Counseling professionals at Sana Lake help patients determine that through an in-person assessment. We have family counselors and well as mental health counselors to help you identify and work through unique areas in your life.

What is Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment?

Outpatient programs provide flexibility to patients to maintain their regular commitment to work, education and other family responsibilities. Although there are similarities between the outpatient drug program and residential treatment, both the programs have a differently structured environment.

Patients are allowed to return home after receiving treatment. This freedom of movement gives patients a great level of anonymity and privacy. They can continue with their routine tasks and do not have to provide excuses for their prolonged absence to colleagues, family, and friends.

Unlike inpatient treatment programs, the drug rehabilitation center is not responsible for providing a structured environment that isolates the patients from negative factors that could lead to a relapse. However, patients return to their homes after outpatient alcohol or drug treatment. This treatment program requires patients to abstain from the use of drugs voluntarily. That means outpatient treatment requires a great deal of diligence and commitment from patients.

At Sana Lake Recovery Center, a medical counselor develops a comprehensive outpatient treatment plan to provide a strong support network for patients. That includes official support groups, family counseling, and individual counseling. These counseling sessions are administered to motivate patients and ensure success in the recovery process.

We include sponsors and non-using peers in support networks. To facilitate long-term recovery, our outpatient drug treatment combines support groups and group therapies to bring a positive social change in the lives of patients.

These positive elements in outpatient treatment influence patients’ lifestyles as they automatically start applying the lessons from the therapy to their daily lives.

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Why is Outpatient Treatment Beneficial for Patients?

Typically, outpatient treatment works for patients who have responsibilities and commitments to fulfill during recovery. These commitments include job, family, children, education and other responsibilities. Plus, outpatient treatment is beneficial for patients who are not severely addicted and don’t face the risk of relapse.

Outpatient treatment carries the risk of relapse. Patients with a long-term addiction often relapse and are recommended for residential treatment. Therefore, our addiction counselors only recommend outpatient treatment to patients if they have a supportive and safe living environment at home. If the patient does not have this environment, residential treatment is preferred.

Following are the key benefits of outpatient treatment at Sana Lake Recovery Center:

  • Continuing a normal life routine
  • Continuing with job, education and any outside responsibilities
  • Less time commitment
  • Staying in the family environment

Why should you Opt for Outpatient Treatment?

In addition to these benefits, outpatient treatment has the lowest level of restriction and supervision. As this treatment program is based on the non-residential setting, patients can choose the therapy or treatment schedule that suits them best. The treatment program provides flexibility when it comes to seeking a balance between the treatment and fulfilling personal and professional responsibilities.

The outpatient treatment program is less expensive as well. At Sana Lake, our programs last three months. Plus, we try to incorporate family therapies in the treatment where the patient’s family provides care and attention comparable to an inpatient program.

Consider Outpatient Care at Sana Lake Recovery Center

Thanks to our team of competent medical counselors and the latest techniques, our drug, and alcohol treatment plans ensure positive results for patients. We provide the best physical rehabilitation in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Addiction professionals at our recovery center provide counseling, psychoactive therapies, and medication during outpatient procedures. Patients can benefit from diversity, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness of outpatient treatment programs. Our doctors make sure that patients receive the required level of supervision during the treatment.

We recommend you to consult the knowledgeable professionals at our recovery center to make a well-informed decision about your treatment options. You don’t need to wait any longer to get help in overcoming addiction. You can find peace and hope today! Just contact us here at Sana Lake to find out more about how we can help you.



Article Reviewed by David Sherman, MD

David Sherman, MDDavid Sherman, MD is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM) and board certified in Addiction Medicine with the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is a native Missourian and graduated medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Sherman completed a two-year fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He leads a highly trained staff of master level certified addiction professionals. Men and women from all over Missouri and the United States come to Sana Lake Recovery Center to get the care they need and deserve.