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Outpatients rehab

Outpatients/Dayhab

Here at Castle Craig, we are always seeking the best and most effective ways to help those who need it, but may not be able to access it due to affordability, circumstance or location.

Our specialist addiction programmes and staff are highly qualified, we’ve designed an online alcohol addiction programme that people can access from home. 

To learn more about our alternative options to residential treatment then speak to us today. Call 01721 722 763.

Who is outpatient alcohol rehab best for?

Outpatient alcohol rehab is best for those who:

  • Are high-functioning and able to continue meeting work, school and/or family obligations
  • Don’t need an escape from their current living situation 
  • Have a stable and supportive home environment 
  • Are identified as able to deal with stress whilst working through the treatment process

Pros of Outpatient Alcohol Rehab 

  • More affordable and convenient than inpatient treatment, outpatient alcohol rehab allows you to live at home and continue receiving the support of your partner, family and friends while attending treatment.
  • Scheduling is usually designed for working people, with counselling hours that accommodate busy schedules.
  • Outpatient clinics are typically located in city centres, making them easily accessible by commute.
  • Attending treatment while remaining in your home environment allows you to put your recovery skills to use immediately. 

Cons

Outpatient rehab is far less intensive than inpatient treatment, typically consisting of two to three therapy sessions per week.

Care may not be as individualised or comprehensive as residential rehab, and continuing to live at home can leave you exposed to the people, places and things that trigger you to use.

If your home environment is unstable, inpatient treatment may be a better option. 

Outpatient rehab

Does Outpatient Addiction Treatment Work?

  • Outpatient treatment seems like an attractive option for many when it offers them the flexibility of living at home, choosing when to go for treatment, and at what frequency.
  • It is often much cheaper, and less disruptive for those who cannot leave home. 
  • Although intensive outpatient programmes have been found to have comparable results to inpatient rehabs, this is not true of all outpatient programmes. Outpatient programmes only rarely have the required intensity to be considered an intensive outpatient programme.

Problems

  • Out-patient treatment usually only lasts for an hour or two a day and if an addicted person then steps back into their usual environment, where there are “a lot of distractions”, it’s almost impossible to remain abstinent, especially for those with other underlying issues that have contributed to the addiction.
  • Although outpatient treatment “can work” it often fails because “the disease is more powerful than the individual”.

Whilst outpatient treatment will only suit a certain type of individual, we still recommend 5-week residential treatment, which in our medical opinion provides a stronger chance at long-term abstinence compared to short-term stays and programmes.

Need to talk to someone about which option will be right for your situation? Call 01721 722 763.

Get in touch today

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If you need advice on accessing rehab treatment for addictions, please call our 24-hour rehab helpline on 01721 728118 to arrange a free addiction assessment or click here for more information.

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Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | September 2, 2021