5 Things to Consider When Choosing an Outpatient Rehab Center



Recovering from substance addiction is a complex process that requires the help of licensed professionals and a strong support group. However, not every patient has the luxury of ignoring their work, family and social commitments for a few months and enrolling in an inpatient facility to receive treatment.

That’s where an outpatient rehab center can be the solution.

Outpatient rehab centers allow patients to receive treatment while returning to their daily lives and commitments, such as working or going to school.

If you think a facility of this type would be the right choice for you and you’re considering undergoing treatment in one, here are a few aspects to consider before deciding on the most appropriate one for you.


It might not seem like such an important aspect, but it is. First of all, by choosing a rehab facility that is conveniently located for you, you can increase your chances of sticking to the schedule and committing to the program. Choosing a center that is located near your work or your home, for example, will make it less likely for you to make up excuses for not attending the program.

However, it’s also important to take into account the actual location of the center. Treatment centers that are situated in the heart of a big city could be too tempting for some patients, knowing that just as they exit the facility, they could have immediate access to alcohol or drugs. As such, a rehab facility that is as far away as possible from any temptation might work best, in this case, giving you the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

On the other hand, you may feel more comfortable with going to a treatment center that is close to your friends and family, should you need moral support or want to include them in your therapy sessions.

Try to think of all possible scenarios and pick a solution that fits your needs best.

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Program Length and Schedule

Outpatient treatment centers will usually provide both short term and long term rehabilitation programs that can last anywhere from a few weeks to a year or more. The length of the treatment depends on how severe your addiction is.

The treatment schedule is also a critical factor to consider before deciding on any facility. Make sure that the rehabilitation therapy you’re interested in fits your schedule. Otherwise, you won’t be able to attend sessions regularly.

Types of Available Treatments

A good outpatient rehab center should offer a variety of treatments for you to choose from, including individual therapy, group therapy, creative arts therapy, training and other options that could fit your specific needs best. However, keep in mind that outpatient programs will not provide the constantly distraction-free environment that you may need to recover. Consider this aspect as well before fully committing to an outpatient rehab facility.


Addiction treatment programs can be quite expensive, but most facilities accept insurance. If you have insurance, make sure to discuss with the people from the center if they accept your insurance plan and how much of the costs does it cover. There are, however, facilities that rely on donations and government funding, so if you don’t have coverage, it may be worth it to do some research and learn what your options are. While they’re uncommon and quite difficult to get into, you may have a shot at receiving treatment at little or no cost, if you qualify for government assistance.

Success Rate

While it doesn’t guarantee a successful recovery, the success rate of a treatment center can be an indicator of how professional it is and how much they care about their patients. Facilities that have higher success rates most likely have a solid, well-thought program, and great professionals that tend to the needs of their patients. Don’t forget the center should also be accredited and ask for any credentials or license they have that might convince you they’re the best option.

No two rehab centers are alike, so before choosing anything, make sure you’ve done your research and considered all your available options. Choosing an appropriate rehab center can have a big impact on how your recovery process goes and how you learn to control your illness.

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