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Benefits of an Outpatient Rehab Program

If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction, the first step to recovery is finding a rehab program that fits your needs. While some benefit from inpatient programs where they receive 24/7 interventions and care, that option does not work well for everyone. Inpatient rehab can be extremely expensive, and it also takes you away from your job, home, and family. Another option is an outpatient rehab program. An outpatient program gives patients the same level of therapy and support in a more flexible environment. Healing and recovery are entirely possible in this setting, and it works well for many people struggling with addiction. If you are interested in starting a rehab program but are concerned about going the inpatient route, check out the intensive outpatient program offered by The Bridges of San Diego. As you research our program and determine if it’s right for you, take the time to learn about the benefits of an outpatient rehab program.



Maintain Job


Patients who attend residential inpatient rehab programs have to take time off from work. Depending on the program, it could be a month, two months, or more spent at the facility. While this is a preferred route for many patients due to the lack of distractions and the 24/7 focus on recovery, other patients feel even more stress having to take time off work or quit their job. An outpatient rehab program gives patients the flexibility to keep their job while working on recovery. At The Bridges of San Diego, we offer both day and evening sessions to work around your schedule. The day program is 10 AM to 1 PM, Monday through Friday and the night program is 6 PM to 9 PM, Monday through Friday.


Keep Up at Home



In addition to maintaining your job, you can also keep up with life at home when you attend an outpatient program. Inpatient programs involve staying at a facility all day and all night. You can be gone for weeks or months at a time. Being away from home can be especially difficult for parents, as they don’t want to miss out on the daily activities of their kids. The flexibility of an outpatient program ensures you get the care you need for your addiction without having to sacrifice family dinner time or attending your kid’s soccer game.


Save Money by Attending an Outpatient Rehab Program


Another benefit of outpatient rehab is that it can save you a significant amount of money. Inpatient rehab is costly and isn’t always covered by insurance policies. In fact, according to drughelpline.org, inpatient, residential treatment can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $80,000, depending on the length of stay. Outpatient rehab is much cheaper. Since the monthly rate of outpatient care is more affordable, it also allows patients to attend rehab longer than they could at an inpatient facility. Attending rehab longer can be very helpful to the future success of recovery.


Daily Intensive Interventions


Just because you aren’t living at a residential rehab facility full time does not mean you are sacrificing the quality of treatment. An outpatient rehab program provides the same level of therapy that you would get during an inpatient program. Like an inpatient program, outpatient rehab offers one-on-one counseling, group therapy, emotional support, education about addiction, recovery strategies, relapse prevention, the 12-step program, and more.


Outpatient rehab attendance varies on a case-by-case basis. For example, some might attend sessions 3 times a week, while others might go 5 days a week. Some patients may need 6 weeks of rehab, while others may need 8-12. Each patient will work with counselors and therapists to set up a recovery plan that is unique and individualized. Everyone’s treatment looks different, and the flexibility of an outpatient program allows that

individualization to happen.




Maintaining a Sense of Normalcy


Did you know that 50% of individuals discharged from inpatient rehab will relapse? It can be overwhelming to go home from an inpatient facility and return to the daily stressors of your work and family life. The transition can be jarring and can cause relapse. An outpatient rehab program avoids this abrupt transition. A sense of normalcy is maintained throughout the entire program as patients can keep their job, family life, and daily activities. By the end of the outpatient program, patients have already been practicing recovery strategies at home and work, so there is no real transition period to anticipate.


An outpatient rehab program is an excellent option for many who struggle with addiction. It allows patients to maintain a sense of normalcy by keeping their job and living at home while going through rehab. Outpatient rehab is also a more budget-friendly option, as inpatient facilities are extremely expensive. At The Bridges of San Diego, we ensure that each patient has a treatment plan that is individualized to their needs. We offer multiple outpatient treatment options, including partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, and outpatient rehab. We are accepting new patients, and our programs are supported by many insurance providers. Our scholarship program has provided funds to many patients in the past to complete rehab programs. For more information about our outpatient programs and to set up an initial appointment, contact The Bridges of San Diego today.


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