Outpatient addiction counseling provides strong support and transition after inpatient treatment. It is also a place to reach out during times of potential relapse. Drug or alcohol addiction counseling is only one part of the outpatient treatment plan, but it is an important one. An outpatient program is only as strong as the counselors that work there.
In the outpatient setting, addiction counseling will continue to provide the social and therapeutic support that began during the more intensive phases of treatment. You may need help in carrying out your relapse plan, or some extra help in understanding how to resume your work and social life.
Addiction counseling can be a listening ear, a solid source of advice, or a compassionate kick in the pants.
Many staff members who provide substance abuse counseling have gone through what you have, so they know just how unsure and scared you may be about relapsing back into your substance abuse. They also have many hours of training and practice in drug or alcohol counseling.
Counseling may be both group and individual. Family counseling is also an important part of any rehab program, whether inpatient or outpatient. Counseling sessions may be several days a week and gradually reduce until you no longer need these services on a regular basis. There is no “cold turkey” in outpatient addiction counseling, it is dependent on your own specific needs.
Outpatient treatment centers often sponsor organized social events, so that you can continue to be supported—and be a support—to others in the first weeks and months after intensive addiction rehab.
Clean Slate Recovery is experienced in evaluating outpatient programs and the quality of their counseling staff. We only recommend exceptional counseling services to our clients.