Each of these program types is meant for people in specific kinds of circumstances.
In addition, each program type requires a different level of weekly attendance.
Standard OP Treatment Programs
Standard OPs are meant for people with relatively mild or moderate drug problems.
To qualify for this level of care, you must:
• Be free of any severe physical or mental health problems
• Have only a limited number of drug abuse and/or drug addiction symptoms
Participants in standard OPs attend treatment sessions for under nine hours a week.
IOP Treatment Programs
Intensive outpatient care is designed for people more seriously affected by drug problems, but not so seriously as to qualify for residential or inpatient care.
In addition, IOP patients must not have any additional mental or physical health problems.
People enrolled in IOPs receive more treatment than people in standard OPs.
In this kind of program, you’ll receive at least nine hours of treatment each week.
The upper limit for weekly IOP attendance is 19 hours a week.
Like people in IOPs, people in PHPs have fairly serious drug problems.
However, they still don’t have problems that make them the ideal fit for inpatient care.
PHPs differ from IOPs in two important ways:
• First, people enrolled in PHPs have unstable health caused by physical or mental issues.
• Second, participation in a PHP also requires a more significant time commitment. At a minimum, you’ll spend 20 hours a week getting treatment in this kind of program.
How Outpatient Rehab Works
Outpatient rehab for substance abuse has two parts or phases:
• The first phase is a drug detox.
• The second is active drug treatment.
Outpatient Drug Detox
Drug or Alcohol Detox is the common shorthand for detoxification.
When you detoxify, you stop your uncontrolled use of drugs or prescription medications.
As a result of this change in intake, you will probably experience some form of drug or medication withdrawal. The type of withdrawal you experience depends on the type of substance you are addicted to.
Outpatient detox is based on the same basic principles as inpatient detox.
It begins with an assessment of your substance use and overall health.
When this assessment is done, you will start actively detoxing from the drugs and medications in your system.
Compared to people in inpatient programs, people in outpatient programs do not typically experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
However, this is not always the case. For this reason, outpatient detox requires you to check in with your doctor during your weekly visits.
During your check-ins, you may receive medication to help lessen your withdrawal symptoms.
This is especially true for people recovering from opioid or benzodiazepine addiction.
It’s also common to receive help in the form of drug counseling.
Outpatient Drug Treatment
Outpatient detox gets you to the first milestone in your recovery: Initial Sobriety.
However, experts agree that lasting sobriety requires follow-up enrollment in active outpatient drug rehab.
All people recovering from drug problems should receive behavioral therapy as part of their treatment plan.
In addition, some people receive treatment in the form of safe and prescribed medication.
Behavioral therapy works by helping you change how you think and act when it comes to drugs.
There are therapy options available for all types of drug and medication addiction.
For instance, if you are in recovery for stimulant abuse or addiction, your options may include: