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Outpatient Rehab


According to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, only 1 out of every 10 people with an active drug addiction problem or alcohol dependence issue in the United States this year will seek out any kind of substance abuse treatment or rehabilitation. That means that 90 percent of the individuals in Montana and across the country that need help getting (and staying) clean and sober will simply refuse to acknowledge that they need assistance and will continue to live with a drug or alcohol problem. For those who are ready to begin living a drug-free life, there are two major choices in rehab facilities: inpatient and outpatient treatment centers.

Both inpatient and outpatient rehab share many of the same core elements and styles, including a basis in detoxification, as well as counseling or psychological therapy, medical care, and extensive aftercare options. However, as their titles suggest, there is a fundamental difference in the manner in which the two styles of rehabilitation offer treatment to their patients. Known as residential rehab centers, inpatient treatment facilities are full-time locations where patients leave their homes and live a fully-immersive, 24-hour treatment experience. Inpatient rehab involves intensive, physician-monitored care at all times, and is often recommended for patients with extensive health concerns, those dealing with a mental health condition in addition to their addiction, or those who may not have a safe place to call home while they recover.

But inpatient rehab is not without its drawbacks, either. The residential facilities to be found in and around Montana often require a heavy financial and time commitment—one that not every patient can afford to give, especially when things like familial and work obligations are on the line. For those patients who are ready and willing to face the harsh reality of detox, withdrawals, daily appointments, therapy, medical visits, rehabilitation, and the road to sobriety from home, there is outpatient medical rehabilitation.

Outpatient Rehab: What Is It?

Available for a number of conditions and addictions, outpatient rehabilitation is a treatment program option where a patient attends classes, counseling, medical appointments, and check ins during the day on a regular schedule, and then returns to their home or a sober living facility or group home in the evenings. Unlike an inpatient program, it has more relaxed rules and is not a 24-hour a day supervised hospital setting.

How Long Does the Outpatient Rehabilitation Program Take to Complete?

The actual length of any outpatient rehab can (and does) vary by the patient’s needs, the approach of the rehab center, any relapses, how seriously the patient is taking their treatment and the severity of the addiction to begin with. On average, most outpatient rehabilitation programs in Montana are completed within four and twelve months. Following this, the patient will enter a period of aftercare where they will begin maintenance steps to avoid relapsing and learning how to maintain and continue their new sober lifestyle.

Which Addictions Are Best Treated by Outpatient Rehabilitation?

Outpatient medical rehab work on a wide variety of addictions and conditions, including:

  • Alcohol dependence (alcoholism)
  • Binge drinking (alcohol abuse)
  • Prescription drug abuse (including painkiller addiction)
  • Heroin addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Methamphetamine addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Gambling addictions
  • Sexual addictions
  • Dual diagnosis (both a substance abuse disorder and a mental health diagnosis)

Outpatient rehabilitation might be the right choice for you or your loved one. To learn more, please call an addiction specialist today.