Drug and alcohol treatment programs tend to fall into one of two categories – inpatient or outpatient rehab. While each type has unique benefits to offer, it is important to note that both the addicted person and their loved ones must familiarize themselves with the differences before selecting a treatment program with the help of their medical or counselling professional. Finding the right treatment program is vital to helping you or a loved one on the road to sobriety.
Lifeline’s Outpatient Program (OP)
An Outpatient Treatment Program, or OP, is a treatment program for addicts. After the addict is assessed by a medical or clinical professional, they may recommend this form of rehabilitative care. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) considers outpatient treatment a Level I in terms of intensity on their ASAM CONTINUUM. The ASAM Criteria’s levels of care allow clinicians to match the intensity of services needed based on the patient’s individual needs. Less restrictive than a medically supervised detox program, an OP usually requires less than 10 hours a week in a local treatment centre.
Outpatient programs provide an alternative to full-time, inpatient treatment. Patients can focus on their recovery during the day or evening, providing a flexible option for those facing substance addiction.