Tips to Make Outpatient Care Successful


Individuals who have completed inpatient rehabilitation can now benefit from receiving high-quality care. This is one of the main reasons they choose to enroll in Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). People might choose IOPs in other situations as well. They can receive the care they need without having to leave their job, family, or other responsibilities.

Outpatient treatment allows people to learn about how to manage daily life in sobriety, without the need for professional assistance. Many outpatient programs offer individual and group treatment, substance abuse education, financial management and life skills.

The Outpatient Service: An Opportunity to Grow

Outpatient treatment is recommended for the initial stages of recovery after rehab and detoxification. This is not a sign that the person didn’t complete a residential program.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reaffirms the importance of personalized, consistent treatment that addresses individual needs, even if they are not directly related to alcohol or drugs.

  • An outpatient program teaches a person how to prevent relapse.
  • Quality therapeutic care is key to our evolution.
  • More effective management of co-occurring situations
  • Participating in support groups such as the 12-Step program.
  • For people who are in recovery, it is important to build strong friendships and bonds with them.
  • Develop better methods to recognize and manage toxic emotions, compulsive behavior, and triggers.
  • Volunteer service and employment connections are two ways to integrate into the community.

IOPs meet a few times per week. Many IOPs have a homelike feel and may even be extended care treatment centers. Outpatient services are often more confidential and cost-effective than inpatient services.

Success in Outpatient Care

Many clients attend outpatient services during the day and night, but they return home at night. This gives clients a lot more flexibility to attend counseling sessions, 12-Step groups, aftercare programs, and other recovery activities.

This program can be a great addition to your treatment for addiction.

Assist your treatment supervisor in creating an evolving aftercare program. As you progress into sobriety, your needs will change. You might think everything will be fine after a few weeks. You can create a roadmap of your progress and quickly address the critical parts to get you closer towards lasting wellness.

Keep a positive attitude towards the outpatient process. This is particularly important if you have completed a long-term residential program. It took time for addiction to develop, but sobriety will take time. Every step in your recovery is important, and every thing you do will improve your health.

Ask for help or be committed. The most important year in sobriety is the first. It may be beneficial to have a flexible program for scheduling. However, if someone is procrastinating or having trouble managing their time, believes they don’t need counseling sessions or groups more than once per week, or fails to prioritize outpatient care, then there may be a need to assign a counselor or sponsor to help them.

Trust the process. Research continues to confirm the effectiveness of IOPs in treatment and prevention of relapse. You’ll benefit more from the program the more you participate in it. This will continue for as long as it is needed. You will also be able to connect with resources that will last a lifetime.

Twin Lakes offers outpatient services

Two outpatient intensive treatment facilities are available. The Northeast Georgia Medical Center is located near our Gainesville and Athens centers. Both facilities will provide the same level of care and attention as if you stayed at our Monroe-based residential campus.