Understanding Outpatient Treatment

Lancaster county outpatient treatment for drug and/or alcohol addictions is a good option for those who are suffering from relatively mild addictions where severe withdrawal symptoms are not anticipated. Unlike inpatient treatment facilities, patients are able to return home to their families every night and can often continue working during treatment. Interruptions to daily life are minimized while behavior patterns that led to physical and/or psychological dependencies can be addressed during therapy sessions. 

Advantages of Outpatient Treatment Options

People who have not been addicted to alcohol and/or drugs for an extended period of time or are not daily users are unlikely to benefit from around the clock medical care required when extreme physical withdrawal symptoms are expected. For these individuals, outpatient therapy offers the following advantages over inpatient programs:Image result for Understanding Outpatient Treatment

  • The ability to maintain contact with friends, family and other supportive individuals on a daily basis;
  • Personal and professional endeavors such as school, work, sports and more need not be interrupted;
  • Patients may be more likely to begin treatment sessions knowing they will be able to maintain a high degree of personal freedom;
  • Treatment is less expensive and may be more accessible to those with limited insurance options.

Challenges Involved With Outpatient Therapy

Lancaster county outpatient treatment requires a reliable means of transportation and a high degree of commitment to overcoming an addiction. Unlike inpatient programs where patients are immersed in therapy around the clock for a number of weeks or even months, the doors to an outpatient program remain open, allowing each individual the opportunity to leave the facility every day. The motivation to return must come from within and the challenges of avoiding old friends and/or locations which increase the urge to drink or use must be faced from the first day of treatment. 

Combining Inpatient and Outpatient Options

Many individuals struggling with an addiction benefit from a combination of inpatient and outpatient treatment options. In the beginning, the challenge to avoid alcohol and/or drugs is likely to be the most difficult. It is during this period that an inpatient program may be particularly helpful, even when extreme physical withdrawal symptoms are not anticipated. Once a person feels stronger and more comfortable in a sober way of life, an outpatient program may prove to be more beneficial, facilitating a quicker return to work, school, home and family. 


Vernon Connelly