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When is Intensive Outpatient Therapy the Right Choice?

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By January 7, 2019
Although inpatient rehab generally provides the best chances for success across the full spectrum of addictions, it is possible to recover from less serious addictions with an intensive outpatient treatment program. Many patients choose to participate in intensive outpatient treatment after completing an inpatient residential treatment program. Inpatient treatment provides the constant support people with serious addictions require and cuts off the temptations that lead former users to relapse. Intensive outpatient treatment is more affordable but does not provide the nutritionally balanced diet and structured daily schedule that helps add order to life when you are away from home. Because health insurance is now mandated to treat substance abuse disorders like any other disorder, finding an insurance plan to pay for rehab is not as difficult as it used to be.

Intensive outpatient therapy offers an opportunity for former users to find independence and rebuild their lives with some strong incentives to stay sober. Former users stand the best chance when they develop steady careers, earn educational degrees, and focus on athleticism and health-oriented lifestyle choices. If you are in perfect shape and have your physical edge without steroids or performance enhancement drugs, it is hard to let all that training go to dust by taking substances. If you have an important position in a company or a lucrative business, you won’t have time to deal with the up and down cycles of drug or alcohol abuse.

Building value in your life is the pivotal goal for former users to retain their sobriety for a lifetime. The things that you build upon a sober foundation should be stress-free activities that develop your natural talents. The more independence you have to sculpt your own work schedule, the better you will fare. It is more difficult for people who suffer from ongoing mental health issues like anxiety or mood disorders to work in 9 to 5 jobs. It is easy to get burnt out and to become overwhelmed. This is a good reason why people who already have steady careers should try to retain those positive elements of their life by choosing an outpatient program, perhaps, after attending an expedited program in a New Jersey detox center.

Many intense outpatient programs are based out of sober living homes. A sober living home is a secure facility that screens for drugs to eliminate the temptations former users face. It also stands as an incentive to remind you that there are immediate consequences for failure to maintain your sobriety. Users will face progressive restrictions or be forced to leave. Intensive outpatient therapy can also be the best alternative for people who are addicted to pills or inhalants, or other substances that are used privately and not part of a party lifestyle.

If you find that you are struggling in the intensive outpatient program, you can always enroll in a residential treatment program. Therefore, in conclusion, the main reason to choose intensive outpatient treatment over residential treatment is to retain the constructive elements of your life as you eliminate the addiction cravings.

Should you or a loved one need addiction treatment in new Jersey, contact us right away. Waiting could lead to disastrous results.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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