Intensive Outpatient Therapy for Drinking: How it Works

What is intensive outpatient therapy for alcohol?

Some people worry that getting treatment for their drug or alcohol abuse means losing their job. Some in recovery might need to take a temporary leave for an inpatient program as their condition needs round-the-clock attention. For others, they can start the road to recovery while maintaining their job and home life.

That is where intensive outpatient therapy for drinking comes in. But some are confused about what that means, so let’s clear up what that program entails.

How prevalent is alcohol use disorder?

Alcohol use disorder, or alcoholism as it is commonly called, is more prevalent than many realize. According to federal data, more than 14 million adults suffered from alcoholism in 2019. People with alcohol use disorder come from all walks of life, backgrounds and financial standings. So don’t worry, you are not alone on the path to recovery and many can help you stay sober.

Those most at risk of developing a drinking problem include those who started drinking from an early age, those with a family history of alcohol problems and people who suffer from mental health conditions.

What is intensive outpatient therapy?

Intensive outpatient therapy is a different form a rehab that many don’t know exists. In in-patient rehab, a person is admitted to a care facility and receives treatment. They actually live at the facility while they get care. Outpatient programs mean someone doesn’t live at the facility and returns home at the end of the day. This can be an important option for people with a drinking problem but need to maintain a job or have family commitments.

Don’t worry, there is still care available for people living at home!

Treatment programs

Intensive outpatient programs, such as those at Country Road, require people to meet for a certain number of hours a week for therapy. Traditionally it is between 9 and 20 hours each week. People attend therapy sessions, counseling, group programs and may even take classes. At the end of the day, they head home. The program allows people to get professional support on their road to recovery but maintain a traditional life.

Reach out today to our caring staff at Country Road to learn about intensive outpatient therapy and whether the program is the best treatment option for you.