Patients who do not need to undergo a medically-supervised detox can go through outpatient detox. The patient will meet with the medical staff at specific intervals so that they can monitor their withdrawal process. Doctors can prescribe medications to lessen the severity of withdrawals and symptoms. After detox, patients can begin a customized, outpatient treatment program that mainly focuses on developing the skills necessary to achieve and maintain lifelong sobriety.
In most cases, intensive outpatient programs focus on group therapy, but patients are also encouraged to meet with a therapist on a one-on-one basis weekly. They may participate in CBT, DBT, talk therapy, or other forms of therapy depending on the patient’s needs. Group sessions are usually restricted to ten or twelve people.
With the guidance of a therapist, patients will be given the skills and tools they need to maintain sobriety, avoid triggers, and prevent relapse. Some of the areas that are covered in an intensive outpatient program include the following:
The most effective treatment programs must be customized to the individual patient’s needs and circumstances. Patients who are diagnosed with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring mental health condition may need additional mental health treatment. Some patients may need employment counseling, or they may need to learn how to improve their relationship or life skills. Intensive outpatient treatment programs are not a one-size-fits-all approach, and there is room for flexibility.