How Can I Make the Transition to Outpatient Treatment Work? 

 How Can I Make the Transition to Outpatient Treatment Work? 

Professional help for addiction is available but not every person is ready to take the leap. It is an important step in the journey, but a person has to be ready to take it. Other decisions they have to make might include where to get treatment, how long to be in the program, and the types of therapy to seek. Finding out that treatment ends can be triggering for some people. There are lingering questions on what to do or where to go. With some support, a person can ultimately make the transition from inpatient to outpatient smoothly

Treatment Types

Inpatient rehab is a space where people stay onsite with a treatment program and seek help for addiction. They usually start with detox, then go to inpatient, followed by their next step. This differs from outpatient. Inpatient usually has:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Education around drugs, alcohol, and addiction
  • Medication offered onsite
  • Holistic therapies onsite
  • Detox programs
  • Life away from everything else

On the other hand, outpatient programs offer a variety of the same services, but some will not be offered, like living onsite. They may live in a transitional program or at home, but they usually commute for their treatment. There are more flexibility and the ability to figure things out as they go, but programs that allow them to continue everyday activities may differ. Their network of peers will be there to support them, but they are not doing it while living in a facility. 

Outpatient Transition

For those living in inpatient and onsite, the transition to outpatient may be jarring. When people complete inpatient rehab, they still require additional help. They might enroll in outpatient programs. Outpatient care is offered by the same organization that operates inpatient centers. Other times, they are separate organizations affiliated with each other. People who use drugs can receive referrals from inpatient centers to get treatment at outpatient centers. Some ways to transition include:

  • Creating a daily routine that sticks
  • Going to support meetings
  • Getting therapy
  • Making plans for work, school, or family life
  • Removing negative energy and replacing it with support and encouragement

For recovery to work for people in transition, they need to have an adjustment period. They should start right away with outpatient services, but it is a new way of life. Perhaps sober living or a transitional housing environment is best for some people. Others need to make arrangements that are not triggering or put them around those who use drugs or substances and put their sobriety at risk. The biggest decision of all is to remain sober and clean, so any means necessary to achieve that should be followed to make the transition easier. 

Oceanfront knows there is only so much you can do in inpatient rehab, then it is time to transition out. We will help you make that transition easy with our programs and services after inpatient rehab. You can start the journey there and begin to move forward with life in recovery. We are located in beautiful Laguna Beach. Call us to find out how we can help you navigate addiction recovery: 888-981-4295