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Massachusetts Outpatient Rehab Centers

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Thousands of Massachusetts residents receive substance abuse treatment each year. Drug and alcohol addiction is a widespread struggle across the Bay State. Fully overcoming drug addiction may require ongoing care for long-term recovery.

Outpatient rehab programs can fill the gap between inpatient rehab and returning to a normal routine in early addiction recovery. Due to the often chronic nature of substance abuse, having access to ongoing professional support can be critical for relapse prevention.

Outpatient treatment programs are less restrictive than inpatient programs. They may be more flexible to meet the needs of parents, working professionals, caregivers, and others who may be unable to commit to intensive treatment. 

Massachusetts outpatient rehab is most suitable for:

  • people who have recently completed inpatient rehab
  • people with mild substance abuse issues
  • people who have recently relapsed
  • people who do not require a higher level of care

Massachusetts rehab centers offer a range of outpatient treatment options. At Recovering Champions, we offer intensive outpatient treatment as a useful step-down program from our residential rehab program.

Outpatient Treatment Programs For Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Outpatient treatment is a low-intensity form of care for substance abuse and mental health disorders. Drug and alcohol rehab centers commonly offer outpatient treatment as part of a continuum of care.

Outpatient levels of care include:

  • Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)
  • Standard Outpatient Treatment
  • Outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment 

Outpatient rehab programs can differ in their time commitment, intensity, and structure. Day treatment programs offer the greatest level of structure, followed by intensive outpatient programs.

Outpatient treatment can be received through a drug rehab center, community health centers, some hospitals, and outpatient treatment providers. Your outpatient rehab treatment plan will largely be determined according to your substance of abuse, health status, and mental health history, among other personal factors.

Day Treatment

Day treatment — also known as partial hospitalization in some states — is a structured outpatient rehab program that involves attending treatment at a rehab center for up to 25 hours a week. Unlike inpatient rehab, residents within these treatment programs do not stay overnight at the treatment facility.

During daytime treatment, residents may attend individual counseling, group therapy, go on recreational outings, and meet with a medical doctor or psychiatrist as needed. 

Therapeutic approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing are common for treating drug addiction in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are less intensive than day treatment programs, but still offer more structure than standard outpatient rehab. Intensive outpatient rehab programs offer a minimum of nine hours of treatment a week. This often occurs in three-hour sessions in the afternoon or evening.

Like day treatment, intensive outpatient can be a beneficial step-down program for people who have recently received inpatient care or require more than weekly counseling sessions with a clinician.

Standard Outpatient Rehab

The most flexible treatment option for alcohol and drug abuse is standard outpatient rehab. Standard outpatient treatment services include weekly counseling sessions and dual diagnosis treatment for people with co-occurring mental health disorders.

Standard outpatient services can provide ongoing structure and support throughout a person’s life. Many people overcoming addiction will continue to attend counseling and support groups for months or years to retain their commitment to recovery.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the most effective form of treatment for opioid use disorder. It can also treat addiction to drugs such as alcohol and cocaine. MAT is a “whole-patient” treatment that integrates the use of medications like methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) with behavioral therapy for an extended period of time.

Medication-assisted treatment is offered in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), medication-assisted treatment has shown to help prevent opioid overdose and drug relapse.

What Are The Benefits Of Outpatient Rehab?

Outpatient rehab programs can offer several benefits for individuals with substance use problems who don’t require a higher level of care. For people with busy work schedules or parents, outpatient rehab can offer greater flexibility.

Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment is generally less expensive than inpatient rehab. The cost of rehab may depend on the type of health insurance you have, where you live, the treatment provider, and the type of treatment program. Many private rehab centers accept some form of insurance. 

Outpatient addiction services can offer valuable ongoing support following drug detox and inpatient care. Continuing to attend outpatient treatment can help you remain accountable in your sobriety and provide reliable structure. Outpatient treatment also provides an opportunity to continue addressing unresolved or underlying issues related to your substance use.

Outpatient Treatment At Recovering Champions

Recovering Champions is an accredited New England treatment facility located in central northern Massachusetts. We offer residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and aftercare for substance use disorders, in addition to dual diagnosis treatment.

Located in the tranquil woodlands of Ashby, Massachusetts, our drug rehab center is a short distance from several major cities and towns, including:

  • Boston
  • Cambridge
  • Fitchburg
  • Lowell
  • Lunenburg
  • Springfield
  • Townsend
  • Worcester

Our behavioral healthcare professionals understand the importance of receiving ongoing support in drug addiction recovery. 

In addition to our intensive outpatient program, we also partner with nearby sober living homes. This allows us to coordinate transitional housing for residents who wish to continue receiving care at our addiction treatment center.

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped Recovering Champions from helping addicted individuals access quality drug addiction treatment. For more information about outpatient rehab at Recovering Champions for yourself or a loved one, contact us today.

Written by Recovering Champions Editorial Team
This page does not provide medical advice.

Mass.gov - Substance addiction treatment admission statistics
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Medication-Assisted Treatment
U.S. National Library of Medicine: PubMedCentral - Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Programs: Assessing the Evidence
U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse - Types of Treatment Programs

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