By Scottsdale Recovery Center

Outpatient treatment may not be an ideal choice for everyone. But when you’re looking for help without leaving your present life, there’s nothing like it.
If you think you can do it, (with the guidance from a professional therapist or addiction doctor) you can begin or continue your recovery journey by investing a few hours of your week to equip you with the right tools and foundation for long term sobriety. Outpatient treatment is not recommended for everyone. Here are some things to consider:

1. You aren’t required to leave your job
Inpatient recovery programs may be a popular choice among addicts and their peers, but they will be one of most expensive decisions of your life. And rightly so— because change demands time and an investment, but remember this is your life. Since inpatient treatment provides you with accommodation and a healthy environment, which helps in your overall growth, it probably will require you to have a substantial financial reserve.
On the other hand, outpatient treatment is more flexible and affordable. You aren’t required to leave your current job to make an important change in your life.
Most people can continue with their daily routine without thinking about how you’ll pay for the treatment, which actually allows you to keep up with the program and not quit, because you’ve run out of funds.
Outpatient treatment may be a more practical choice today since the pandemic has made finding good employment difficult. Outpatient services can also be ideal for individuals coming out of inpatient rehab or a hospital who need to learn new ways of living sober and to fortify their recovery. It is a great place to get more support and ease the transition from residential treatment to aftercare.

2. You learn to gradually deal with your permanent environment
One of the primary benefits of outpatient addiction treatment is you never leave the environment you’re going to live in even after the program is over. Being in outpatient allows you to gradually get used to the people around you while updating your lifestyle.
Additionally, outpatient treatment helps the transition from your recovery life to your everyday work life, and you won’t be completely detached from the real world.

3. You enjoy peer support
There’s nothing that you can’t achieve without strong peer support. Whether it’s getting moral support from your family or being okay with sharing your struggles with addiction and recovery among your social circles, you need healthy peers when adapting to a healthier lifestyle.
Attending outpatient treatment helps you stay connected with your family and friends. This lets you have the flexibility of having someone trustworthy to fall back on every time you need help.
Instead of taking you out of the real world and your permanent environment, an outpatient addiction treatment teaches you to live and grow in the same environment that may have pushed you into the pool of addiction.

4. You learn to be independent and accountable
Inpatient programs are expensive because they incorporate resources that help you stay on track. One such resource is an accountability partner or a recovery coach. They mentor and guide you throughout your journey and allow you to remain loyal to the program.
While outpatient treatments have mentors, you’re largely on your own. Since you spend less time in rehab and more outside, you’re responsible for your actions for most parts.
This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, you learn to be in charge of your urges and become independent, which may not always happen in inpatient treatment.
Outpatient addiction treatment also allows you to quickly recognize your triggers and control them every time you get the itch without any need for policing.

5. Your insurance can cover the expense
Some insurance policies cover the cost of rehab as long as you’re not admitted to the inpatient program. This lets you have your cake and eat it, too, because you still get to keep your job while your treatment fee is being taken care of.
If you’re thinking of joining an outpatient recovery program, make sure to check with your insurance provider for rehabs and addiction centers that accept cashless patients.

6. You can cut down on the additional costs
Outpatient addiction treatment is usually the go-to option for people with responsibilities. If you’re someone who has no one to have your back when it comes to finances, you’re perfectly positioned to benefit from an outpatient recovery program.
First, you aren’t required to relocate to a treatment center (which can be expensive). Usually, rehabs are located away from the hustle and bustle of the city to offer you a peaceful retreat. So, the living costs generally add up, which is not always be affordable for everyone.
Second, you still get the same effective recovery experience without having to pay for it as your insurance provider will take care of the costs.
Third, you don’t have to have two different funds; one that will take care of your treatment costs and the other that will be used for your family’s expenses while you’re away.
Lastly, you never leave your current employment. One important reminder is your level of commitment to your sobriety has to remain of the utmost importance, whether in or outpatient.
Recently, Scottsdale Recovery Center announced it’s first-ever intensive outpatient program. The program is set to be held during the evenings, allowing you to keep your daily routine undisturbed. The program is designed to allow you to carry on with your life while helping you integrate newer and healthier habits into your current lifestyle.

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