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5 Things You Can Expect From An Outpatient Treatment Program


An Outpatient Substance Abuse Program is perfect for many individuals. It is an excellent option for someone transitioning out of inpatient care. This person still needs an intensive program, but no longer needs inpatient treatment. An Outpatient Program also works well for someone who is unable to take the time away from work or their family. Outpatient treatment is also a good option for someone who cannot afford a stay at an inpatient facility. The Bridges of San Diego offers an Outpatient Treatment Program where each patient gets a unique plan to fit their needs. When you start our world class outpatient program, you can expect to receive the highest level of care and therapy. Here are five things you can expect from outpatient treatment to understand whether it is the right option for you.


High-Quality Care


Patients often worry they won’t be able to receive high-quality treatment for an addiction unless they go to an inpatient treatment center. This is not the case at The Bridges of San Diego. We provide all of our patients with access to highly experienced therapists. Our therapists have impressive resumes and have treated patients with addictions for many years. The Bridges provides each patient a unique treatment plan to make sure they are getting the best possible care. Our therapists take the time to learn about your background, history, and addiction in order to fully understand the scope of your situation. Our customized care is anything but “off the shelf.” We make sure each patient has a unique treatment plan so that they can be on their best path toward healing.


Individual Counseling


Patients can expect a lot of individual counseling during the Outpatient Program. During these sessions is where a lot of the important work occurs. Each therapist helps their patient to recognize the negative consequences of their addiction. They provide patients with realistic solutions and strategies to help create doable action plans. The goal is for patients to feel empowered to use strategies to reframe their thinking and heal from their addiction. We know that each patient is unique. A strategy that works for one patient might not work for another. This is why we have a large toolbox full of solutions so that each patient can find something that works for them. The ultimate goal of individual counseling is for each patient to feel safe, heard, and understood so that they can rehabilitate and recover.


Group Therapy

Group counseling sessions are also part of the outpatient treatment program. Group therapy can be extremely helpful during the addiction recovery process. It is helpful to talk with others who are going through the same things you are. Sharing similar struggles and goals gives patients a support network that is critical to a successful recovery.




Treatment Multiple Times Per Week


Another important factor of the outpatient program is that you will go to the center multiple times per week for treatment. Our basic program has patients attending treatment sessions 3 to 5 times a week for a total of 6 weeks. It’s important to understand that there isn’t a one size fits all treatment plan. Each plan is based on the patient’s unique needs. For example, one patient’s treatment may follow along a 6 week plan, while another patient is in the program for 3 to 6 months. It all depends on the patient’s needs and the assessment from the therapist. An outpatient treatment program is very helpful because it has a set structure of therapy so that patients know when they are going to treatment each week. Therapists will provide patients with goals and strategies to work on in between sessions for further healing.


Maintain Your Normal Daily Activities


Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs are typically around 30 to 90 days. This can be a long time for individuals to be away from their family, friends, and job. Many people don’t have the ability to take three months off from work and know that their job will be waiting for them when they get back. Quitting a job is not an option for many as they would lose their health insurance and thus would not get any sort of coverage for a treatment program. An outpatient rehabilitation program is the answer to all of these problems. You can maintain your daily activities (ex: work, attending your kid’s soccer game, making dinner for your family, etc.) while still taking the time you need to recover. The outpatient program provides intensive individual and group therapy three times a week for six weeks. Therapy sessions can be scheduled in the evening in order to maintain your work schedule without taking time off during the day. In between sessions, patients go about their normal lives, attending work and being with their family and friends. Individuals often become overwhelmed at the thought of an inpatient program and avoid recovery altogether. Outpatient therapy is a great way to receive the needed treatment and therapy without having to completely disrupt your life. In addition, outpatient treatment allows full family support. During inpatient therapy, individuals can see their loved ones during designated visiting hours. Outpatient therapy allows patients to head home and receive the nourishing care of their loved ones after each session, which can be incredibly helpful to the healing process.


When it comes to Substance Abuse Programs, there are so many options available. Individuals often gravitate toward an Intensive Outpatient Program because it allows them to continue living their life normally while also receiving the therapy they need to recover from their addiction. If you are someone who wants to keep working and living at home with your family, or if you can’t quite afford the hefty expenses associated with inpatient care, an outpatient program is an excellent choice. At The Bridges of San Diego, we provide all of our outpatient program participants with high-quality therapy and manageable strategies so that you can progress on your journey to recovery. For more information about our outpatient program and to learn if it’s the right choice for you, contact us today.


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