Residential or inpatient programs can be an effective way to begin addiction treatment. However, that’s not the only route to recovery. At Soledad House, women can also participate in outpatient programs that aid their sobriety and lasting recovery.

Defining Outpatient Programs

woman smiles in Outpatient therapy at Soledad houseWhen it comes to choosing the right rehab program for women, there are two major options: Inpatient and OP, or outpatient. Outpatient programs are similar in many ways to residential or inpatient programs, with one big difference — they don’t include overnight accommodation.

Outpatient programs take place during the day, or sometimes in the evenings. They provide a way for patients to continue their recovery while staying in private accommodation. Sometimes, facilities combine Outpatient programs with sober living facilities, but patients can also stay with friends or family members each night.

You also have intensive outpatient programs, which focus on addiction recovery, while also allowing the person to attend their other responsibilities, it’s intensive due to it’s full schedule to help teach sober living while also promoting healthy life choices.

When Outpatient is Recommended

OP care is less intensive than inpatient care, but it still has its place in the recovery process. Outpatient programs may be best for women who have a safe and supportive place to live, are ready to step-down in the recovery process and have a schedule that requires more flexibility. It is also only recommended for those who are physically stable and no longer dealing with any withdrawal symptoms.

Every woman who participates in the Outpatient program at Soledad House should have a safe and secure place to sleep each night. After women leave the supportive environment of Soledad House each day, they should be headed to an equally secure location. We absolutely do not recommend living alone or with roommates who continue to drink and use drugs.

Ideally, women who want to pursue Outpatient programs will be able to stay with family members. Another option is to stay in sober living facilities, which replicate the accountability and support of loving and caring family members.

OP is also a good choice for women who have already completed a residential program. In this way, OP is a transition to a less intensive program. It is a way to regain independence slowly and carefully. To prevent relapse, a step-down approach can be incredibly effective.

Finally, OP is ideal for women who need to attend to other responsibilities in life. Sadly, some women with family members to care for or professional careers at stake sacrifice their own recovery for these obligations. With OP care, they can accommodate both and make health a priority while still carrying on with life.

Benefits of OP for Women

There are several benefits of Outpatient programs for female patients. An OP program can be a form of addiction aftercare, and it can ease the transition to completely independent living. It often reduces relapse rates and allows busy women to accommodate their recovery. It can also be less expensive.

Another benefit of OP is that people often overlook is that it can improve family life and personal relationships. Going straight from a 24/7 residential program to being at home with loved ones every day can be a difficult transition. With OP therapy and counseling, it’s easier to resolve issues, eliminate co-dependency and learn the difference between helping and enabling.

Treatment Methods to Expect in OP

Outpatient addiction programs still make evidence-based care a priority. We continue to use many of the successful treatment programs in outpatient care that are used in inpatient care. A few of the options available at Soledad House for outpatients include the following:

If you’re ready to overcome addiction, outpatient programs can help. At Soledad House in San Diego, California, women can begin to take back control over their lives. Begin your journey to recovery by calling 866-314-3222.