In early recovery, many clients are highly motivated and engaged. They are focused on implementing what they learned during residential treatment to reduce risk of relapse and continue building a healthy lifestyle. However, it can be easy to fall into a rut and lose this drive. Engaging in outpatient treatment can help you to stay focused and keep moving forward.
Continue Building on What You’ve Learned
Outpatient programs allow you to continue developing effective skills related to relapse prevention, socialization, communication, problem solving, relationship building, and much more. You can often tailor treatment plans to your individual needs and focus on areas of concern. You’ll be able to stay abreast of best practices and deepen your understanding of recovery strategies, finding what works best for you as your needs change.
Receive Structured Support
Once you leave a residential treatment program, you may feel as though you’re all alone to fend for yourself. By transitioning to an outpatient program, you’ll still receive the structured support you need to be more successful. Services are adjusted to your level of need and allow you to increase your independence while still knowing there are trained professionals available if you need help. Participating in group therapy and other activities provides guidance and sound insight regarding issues you’re struggling with so you can effectively work through them.
Maintain More Privacy and Consistency
It can be tough for some clients to get away for an extended period of time for addiction treatment. In an outpatient program, you can return home or to a sober living facility at the end of each day, allowing you to maintain a more regular presence. You can continue working, volunteering, and attending family obligations when not in treatment. Many clients enjoy this ability to develop a consistent routine and structure in their recovery as they start taking on greater responsibility.
Stay Accountable for Your Recovery
Attending outpatient treatment means you’re regularly checking in and are still responsible for meeting certain expectations. This can help you continue focusing on accountability and sticking with your relapse prevention plan. You don’t want to let others or yourself down. Plus, you can build stronger connections with peers in recovery and keep each other motivated.
There is no “quick fix” for addiction; recovery requires a continuum of care and solid network of support. By engaging in varying levels of outpatient treatment, you can progress at your own pace and tackle challenges knowing you have the support you need to be successful. Be proud of how far you have come, and don’t be afraid to ask for help to keep moving forward.
R&R Recovery provides personalized treatment plans that fit your needs and goals. Receive person-centered care and slowly integrate back into the community as you’re ready while continuing to develop effective tools to guide your way. Contact us today to learn more about how you could benefit from outpatient care as part of your recovery journey.