Although inpatient treatment is generally thought to be the most effective treatment for addiction, here at UKAT we understand that it is not suitable for everyone. Some people are unable to be away from home for an extended period of time, and as most residential programmes last for between six and eight weeks, it is just not feasible for them to take this time away. Those with young children or demanding jobs may be unable to dedicate the time required for an intensive inpatient programme. Others do not have the funds needed for private treatment.
Thankfully, there are many fantastic outpatient programmes available where patients can attend on a day care basis.
What Is Outpatient Care?
Outpatient care is less intensive than residential care. The patient will usually attend regular meetings with a counsellor, therapist or consultant psychiatrist where they will be given similar treatments to those in residential programmes. However, as the patient does not stay overnight, the cost of this care is less expensive.
Outpatient programmes may consist of daily meetings or instead take place over a few hours each week. Because outpatient programmes consist of fewer hours of treatment each week, the entire programme generally lasts for much longer than inpatient care. While inpatient treatment typically lasts for a period of six to eight weeks, outpatient programmes can go on for many months, or even up to a year or more.
Who Is Outpatient Treatment Suitable for?
Outpatient treatment is not usually recommended for those with the most severe addictions or for those who are close to relapse. Nevertheless, individuals who have been struggling with addiction for a short period may benefit from this less intensive approach to recovery. It is also more suited to those who are not also dealing with mental health issues such as chronic depression.
Outpatient treatment programmes are often used as secondary care for those who have completed a programme of residential care but do not feel strong enough in their sobriety to begin an aftercare programme.
UKAT staff are available to offer helpful advice and information on all types of addiction. If you would like a referral to a counsellor, therapist or consultant psychiatrist for outpatient treatment, call us today. We can also provide support and advice to the loved ones of those struggling with addiction, as well as information on the treatments we provide and how these can be accessed.
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