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Outpatient Rehab


If you are living with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you may feel overwhelmed or even alone. This often deters addicts from seeking treatment, as they are ashamed to admit they have a problem. Statistics reflect this as SAMHSA found that over 23 million American adults are need of specialized treatment for a substance use disorder, yet only a small percentage got the care they needed to overcome it. Outpatient rehab is a leading type of treatment in New Hampshire and can be the solution you need. Explore your options for rehabilitation and recovery and you will find that the availability and variety of programs will make treatment less daunting than you originally imagined.

What is Outpatient Rehabilitation?

There are two main types of treatment available for substance use disorders in New Hampshire. These include inpatient and outpatient rehab. Outpatient treatment does not require its patients to live within a facility. Instead, it operates during daytime hours only and patients go home each evening. It offers flexible treatment and is also much more affordable than traditional inpatient care. However, not everyone will thrive in an outpatient format in New Hampshire. The following traits tend to be associated with the best results:

  • Strong support system in place
  • Mild to moderate addiction
  • Strong internal motivation for maintaining sobriety
  • No accompanying mental disorder (ie. anxiety, depression)

If you identify with these characteristics, you may find that outpatient rehab will benefit your individual needs. If you do not connect to any of these traits, inpatient treatment may be a better option.

Inpatient programs maintain strict guidelines that limit patients’ privacy and ability to relapse. This type of intensive care requires patients to live on the premises for approximately 30 to 90 days. During this time, they are fully supervised by staff. Inpatient programs are a good option for severe addictions, long-term addictions and dual diagnosis patients. They provide a complete change of environment and a structured routine that enhances the recovery process.

What is Intensive Outpatient Treatment?

Some people require additional support than is offered through traditional outpatient rehabilitation, but don’t need the level of intensity found in residential programs. Intensive outpatient programs are designed to fill this treatment gap. These programs offer slightly more supervision and structure than typical outpatient programs. They typically transition patients into a standard outpatient format as they progress in their treatment. A typical intensive outpatient format requires 25 or more hours per week of treatment and may reduce this duration gradually over time.

What Happens After Treatment?

Many people become anxious as they near the end of their treatment, and for good reasons. Transitioning back into independent living can be frightening, especially if you do not feel confident in your capabilities. Fortunately, ongoing help is available in the form of aftercare management services. This type of care is designed to help patients maintain their progress and stay active in their recovery once they finish rehabilitation. It often emphasizes participation in community based programs such as the following options:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Al-Anon
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • SMART Recovery

Some people also participate in alternative programs such as art therapy, music therapy or Restorative Yoga. All of these options can help prevent relapse and play an important role in the recovery process. It is important to experience several different options before picking one that you can stick with. Doing this will ensure that you find the best program for your needs. Additionally, it will increase the probability that you will continue to use it on an ongoing basis.

If you feel stuck in the cycle of drug or alcohol addiction, help is not just available, it is also easily attainable. A new, healthier lifestyle is waiting. Pick up the phone and reach out for guidance today.