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By: Harmony Staff

Clinically Reviewed by Dr. Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC, LPC

Updated on 05/24/2022

8 Amazing Benefits of Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Are you struggling with drug or alcohol abuse? If so, you might be considering attending an outpatient rehab treatment program. Before you do, you may want to know how this type of treatment is even going to help you.

There are many benefits to outpatient addiction treatment programs. As you read about them here today, remember that everyone who comes to Midwood Addiction Treatment Center gets individualized treatment. While you have the opportunity to receive these benefits, you may have many more or some that are different, too. If you have questions about our outpatient addiction treatment program feel free to let us know. 

What Exactly is Outpatient Rehab?


Outpatient rehab is an alcohol, drug or mental health disorder treatment center. It is offered during the daytime, so the client can go back home afterwards. It is different than inpatient treatment, where the client lives in the rehab center for a set period of time. 

There are various types of outpatient treatment that have different requirements. 

Outpatient mental health or addiction treatment generally happens in the following places:

  • Hospital clinics
  • Mental health clincis
  • Counselor’s office
  • Local health department offices
  • Outpatient building for mental health or addiction treatment

The days someone might attend this type of treatment varies. For example, with standard outpatient therapy the client generally only attends t herapy 1 or 2 times a week for an hour or two each time. Some people only go to this type of treatment for 3 months while others may go for a couple of years. On the other side, there is intensive outpatient treatment which could require the client to attend treatment 5 days in a row and have the weekends off. Generally, though, treatment is 20 hours total spread between 3 days. 

What Are The Benefits Of Outpatient Rehab?

There are numerous reasons why someone may want to pick outpatient rehab instead of inpatient rehab. One benefit of this type of rehab is that people can continue working while they attend the treatment program. Some other benefits of this type of treatment include:

  • Lower cost than most other addiction and mental health disorder treatment programs
  • Being more flexible with your schedule as there are fewer days than with other treatment options
  • Having more time to spend with family, friends, and other members of your support network
  • Being able to apply what you are learning in the rehab center in your life
  • Getting guidance from the therapist as you work through underlying issues in your recovery

These are some of the main benefits of attending an outpatient addiction or mental health treatment program. Now that you are aware of these benefits, you may be considering entering this type of program. If so, reach out to our Midwood Addiction Recovery team today and we can help you get started. 

Outpatient Detox Programs 

It can be a struggle to detox from alcohol and drugs. Most people who have been abusing these substances for some time have unpleasant experiences when going through the detox process. Sometimes, even those who have a mild addiction will experience:

  • Nausea
  • Body aches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Before getting into a treatment program, the client must be substance-free which includes detoxing drugs and alcohol out of the body. The problem is that sometimes, the results of a detox are fatal if not managed properly. In most cases, it isn’t safe or the best option to detox on your own. There are outpatient and inpatient detox facilities that are effective and safe. In these programs, you will have medical staff who can provide the proper medications to help ease your symptoms and monitor your detox process. 

It might be a good idea for you to maintain your supportive relationships while doing an outpatient detox program, so you don’t feel isolated during this process. The outpatient process can be trying. However, with the right type and enough support, you can get the help you need. 

The Outpatient Rehab Cost Benefits 

Are you avoiding rehab or detox because you are worried about the cost? If so, there are programs and other resources that can help cover these costs. Even without any help, you may want to go through an outpatient rehab program as those are much less money than inpatient or partial hospitalization programs.

Focus on Your Family and Your Recovery


Will you be worried about your family when you are going to rehab? If so, outpatient addiction or mental health treatment may be the best option. Not only can you be around to help out and care for your family, but they can be available to support you more in your recovery, too. It can benefit everyone. 

Here at Midwood Addiction Treatment, we do offer family therapy services in our outpatient rehab programs. We believe in bringing in the family of our clients, so they can work together to overcome obstacles. In addition, through family therapy, dynamics of the relationships can change.WIth these changes, you and your loved ones can strengthen your relationships.

Last, but not least, having your loved ones come to therapy allows them to learn about the psychological, behavioral and medical aspects of an addiction. The more they can learn about addiction and recovery, the better they can support you.

Should I Attend an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Program?

Are you wondering what type of addiction treatment program you should attend? Are you considering the outpatient treatment options? If so, as you read above, there are numerous benefits to choosing this type of program over other addiction treatment programs. You will have more freedom, flexibility and time with your family. You will also be able to learn about recovery skills and use them at the same time since you will be living at home or in a recovery community. 

Do you have a mild to moderate addiction to drugs or alcohol? Have you just started using alcohol or drugs? Do you believe that with the right treatment and family support, you can finally overcome your addiction? If so, then an outpatient addiction treatment program is likely the best option for you.

If you aren’t quite sure yet, you can always speak to one of our friendly, compassionate and trained professionals here at Midwood Addiction Treatment Center. We would be thrilled  to work with you on determining which addiction treatment program would be best for you, no matter what direction that might lead. 

Contact us today to start learning more about addiction treatment programs or to enroll in a treatment program right away.