What Is Outpatient Addiction Treatment?

Anyone who experiences addiction treatment services are likely going to encounter some form of outpatient treatment. After people with substance use disorders (SUD) leave a detox or residential treatment center, their clinical team will likely recommend a “step down” facility. This means you’ll be able to sleep at home (or at a sober living house) while attending additional treatment. The idea behind outpatient addiction treatment is to provide people the opportunity to return to a semblance of a normal life while continuing to receive support in their recovery. Below are the outpatient treatment services we provide.

What Are Levels of Care?

We’ve included a brief description of the different levels of care you can expect to receive if you join our clinical center.

To start, PHP is the highest level of outpatient care. It provides 25 hours of group therapy in 5 hour sessions for 5 days per week. Once someone comes out of residential treatment or a detox facility, they are incredibly prone to relapse. By providing a full day of clinical education and supervision, the hope is to limit the likelihood of someone relapsing. PHP typically lasts for 2-4 weeks and includes medication management, group and individual therapy, case management, drug/alcohol screening.

Moreover, once someone successfully completes PHP, they’ll likely go into intensive outpatient programming (IOP). The main distinguishing feature is that IOP has less group therapy. You can expect to receive 3 hours of group therapy for 3-5 days per week. Similar to PHP, you can expect to receive group and individual therapy sessions, medication and case management, as well as drug and alcohol screening. We provide several group therapy times to remain flexible in case you need to work or attend school.

The last of treatment service options is outpatient (OP). This level of care is most appropriate for some who recently relapsed (briefly) or people who successfully complete IOP. You can expect to receive a 3 hour group therapy session, 1-2 times per week. We also include access to your individual therapist to create stability and continuity of addiction care.

The last level of care is sober or recovery coaching. Sober coaches can help provide additional accountability, help you set and achieve goals, work through roadblocks in your recovery, identify and work though your triggers and more. While most coaches aren’t trained therapists, they usually provide a solid ear to help you move through obstacles in your recovery journey. Additionally, recovery coaches are great resources to be used in conjunction with level 3-level 1 types of programs. If you’ve already had some sober time under your belt and recently relapsed, recovery coaches may be a good resource to help you get back on track.

Both our adolescent and adult programs for all levels of care described above will include the same clinical curriculum, case management, health and wellness support. We pride ourselves on having a robust clinical program to help you or your loved one overcome their SUD by creating addiction by healthy lifestyle behaviors.

How Long Is Treatment?

The length of treatment depends entirely on your needs. Our clinical team will make recommendations and adjust our treatment approach as needed.

Will I Be Kicked Out For Relapsing?

Every facility is different. True North takes the opinion that if you were in remission from cancer and your cancer came back, we shouldn’t prevent you from trying chemo again. Similarly, if you’re an addict and you relapse, we shouldn’t prevent you from getting the help you need. With that said, we address this issue on a case by case basis.

What Do I Bring To Treatment?

When coming to outpatient treatment, you should bring water, a notebook/pencil, and snacks (if you’re allergic to certain foods).

What If I Don’t Have Insurance?

If you don’t have insurance or your policy only allows for in-network providers, we have a few options. First, if there is no other treatment facility within your immediate vicinity, we can apply for a single case agreement. Secondly, we offer a cash rate pay, which can be discussed further when you contact us. Lastly, we sometimes offer partial and full scholarships. Call our team today to learn if you may qualify.

What is Case Management?

Case management can make the difference between good and bad treatment. This service essentially provides an additional layer of support between you and one of our staff members. Their job is to be “on call” and available to help you in crisis situations and be available to check in and support you where needed. Call our team today to learn more about our case management services.