The Benefits of Outpatient Addiction Treatment

When treating addiction, finding the right addiction treatment care for yourself or a loved one can be an added stressor in an already challenging situation. There is an abundance of addiction treatment options as well as mental health professionals, and one of the first, and biggest, decisions you’ll need to make as you begin your addiction treatment search is whether an inpatient or outpatient program will better help you reach your recovery goals. When choosing the best option, consider these four benefits unique to outpatient treatment:

Flexibility and Freedom

Outpatient addiction treatment allows patients to receive the care they need without taking long breaks from school, work, or parenting. Outside of the treatment hours that patients spend at the facility (which vary depending on clinical recommendations and the intensity of program), patients are able to spend their time as they choose. With many treatment centers offering both afternoon and evening options, and some even offering customized programs that work around a patient’s personal schedule, individuals are able to pursue recovery while maintaining a full-time job or class load, raising children, or continuing to support their families.

More Affordable Treatment

Great addiction treatment doesn’t come cheap. However, with a residential treatment program (commonly referred to as “rehab”), patients are footing the bill for far more than group therapy or psychiatry. The cost of (what are often luxury) accommodations, meals, housekeeping, grounds maintenance, and more, can quickly add up to a total price that is out of reach for a majority of individuals, even those with excellent insurance. Outpatient addiction treatment centers often have far less overhead and are able to charge an amount that more accurately reflects the cost of care rather than all-inclusive amenities.

High-Quality, Personalized Care

The lower cost of outpatient programs does not equate to a lower quality of care. In fact, many outpatient facilities offer a level of care equal or superior to residential treatment. In terms of treatment hours per week, many would be surprised to find intensive outpatient treatment (typically up to 20 hours a week) might even come out ahead of most traditional rehabs. While residential patients spend 24 hours a day at the facility, a majority of that time is spent sleeping, eating, socializing, or engaging in non-treatment-related activities.

When patients’ time at a facility is limited and associated exclusively with recovery, sessions tend to be more focused. Also, the flexibility of scheduling for both patients and practitioners allows for more treatment options, more personalized treatment, and more one-on-one sessions.

Real World Recovery

Outpatient rehab allows individuals the opportunity to immediately incorporate what they learn at treatment into their everyday life. For those choosing outpatient care, recovery is forged within the context of daily stressors, challenges, and potential setbacks. There is no transition period after treatment; these individuals already have experience navigating relationships, careers, education, and recreation while sober.

True Life Center for Wellbeing’s signature Intensive Outpatient Program features separate tracks for mental health and addiction; up to 20 hours of treatment a week; one-on-one, couples, and group psychotherapy; expert medication management; meaningfully integrated holistic services; concierge-level coordination, and the care of a compassionate, collaborative team of expert practitioners.

If you or a loved one are ready to take the first step toward addiction recovery, please give us a call at 858-384-4535 or visit our website, We are happy to assist you in finding the treatment you need, even if True Life isn’t the right fit.