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People who can maintain adequate stability during recovery from drug or alcohol addiction may be candidates for outpatient rehab. Treatment at outpatient rehab centers, including at The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health, allows for a high degree of autonomy but also requires recovering individuals to assume significant responsibility in managing their treatment.

What Is Outpatient Rehab?

Addiction treatment has a spectrum of intensity. Rehab levels of treatment can range from the highly structured setting of acute inpatient rehabilitation, the balanced offerings of autonomy and oversight in partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs, to minimally supervised treatment.

Outpatient rehab is designed for people whose needs for oversight and intensive structure are relatively low. Outpatient treatment for drug or alcohol addiction usually involves clients living at home or sober living housing and commuting to a rehab center during the day for medical and counseling support several times a week.

The decreased need for acute care means that the cost of outpatient rehab is significantly lower than inpatient or residential treatment. The specific cost of outpatient rehab depends on the services an individual needs. Many insurance plans cover or partially cover both inpatient and outpatient rehab services.

Related Topic: Rehab Without Insurance

What Does Outpatient Rehab Include?

Components of outpatient rehab vary based on a rehab center’s program offerings and each client’s individual needs, but outpatient treatment programs usually offer:

Who Should Seek Outpatient Rehab?

Outpatient rehab can be a standalone treatment, or it can be a natural progression after more acute rehab has been completed. Outpatient rehab is best for people who are:

  • Mentally and physically stable
  • Not in need of intensive care for addiction or mental health concerns
  • Live in a stable home environment (or in a sober living house)
  • Willing and able to dedicate their energy to recovery efforts

Clients whose environments are not stable, or who have difficulty fully committing to recovery may be better candidates for more acute levels of care, such as inpatient rehab or partial hospitalization. People with stable co-occurring disorders are candidates for outpatient treatment; however, more complex or unstable conditions may require high levels of support in more acute settings.

Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Drug and alcohol addiction takes time to recover from, even after detox and inpatient care are completed, which is where outpatient care is beneficial. For people who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction, outpatient rehab can offer flexibility during treatment, but this support is usually offered only during the day. Clients must be responsible for their living arrangements and not in need of 24-hour care.

Outpatient drug and alcohol rehab has a primary goal of establishing self-efficacy, which has been shown to reduce the chances of relapse. Outpatient treatment offers the benefits — and responsibilities — of privacy and self-regulation, but also encourages individuals to be responsible for their daily life and their recovery.

Offered Outpatient Rehab Programs

Outpatient drug and alcohol rehab programs vary depending on the facility’s offerings, the client’s needs and program lengths. Several different types of outpatient rehab programs exist, including:

  • Intensive outpatient programs: A step down from partial hospitalization programming, intensive outpatient programs prepare clients to transition back to daily life in recovery. During this level of care clients live at home.
  • Daytime outpatient care programs: Conventional outpatient programs involve clients living at home and participating in part-time therapy during the day, for several hours per day, for several days per week. Clients return home at the end of the day. There may be options for both short- and long-term outpatient drug rehab.
  • Continuing care groups: Offering the most flexibility during the aftercare process and long-term recovery, continuing care groups may be 12-step groups or support group meetings. These meetings may meet once a week or more, depending on the type.

Outpatient Care at The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health

For those who need a safe and flexible recovery environment, The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health’s outpatient center has several rehab offerings and related programs, including:

  • Intensive outpatient programming
  • Outpatient programs
  • Aftercare planning
  • Recommendations for sober living housing

These programs and services are designed to help solidify the education and healthy habits acquired during acute treatment, and can also be an excellent initial treatment phase for individuals for whom inpatient treatment is not possible or not necessary.

Intensive Outpatient Program

For people in recovery who do not require intensive inpatient care, but who would benefit from increased structural support and access to therapy and medical services, an intensive outpatient program (known by the initials IOP) is an excellent treatment option. A step down from partial hospitalization, but a step up from conventional outpatient treatment, IOPs offer a balanced level of care.

If you’re searching online for intensive outpatient programs near me, there are likely several options available in your area, and in the South Florida area, including at The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health.

Outpatient Drug Rehab Programs

Outpatient drug rehabilitation programs help individuals who are living in stable environments with tools for how to manage their day-to-day recovery challenges. Such challenges include workplace stresses, home life discord and exposure to triggers. Outpatient drug rehab patients have access to both regular individual and group therapy, as well as medication management if needed.

Outpatient drug rehab program offerings vary by facility and client needs.

Outpatient Alcohol Rehab Programs

Individuals with alcohol use disorders who have minimal medical detox requirements for alcohol withdrawal can benefit from outpatient alcohol rehab. Since alcohol withdrawal is potentially life-threatening, withdrawal and detox should be managed in an inpatient setting. After medical detox, the frequent contact with individual and group therapists in IOP allows for a more in-depth understanding of the factors behind alcohol use as patients and staff create a comprehensive relapse prevention strategy.

Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Also known as dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorders refer to the coexistence of a mental health condition with a substance use disorder. Treatment of co-occurring disorders can occur in the outpatient setting, as psychiatrists are available by appointment. In most IOP programs, an individual sees a psychiatrist at least once per week. People with co-occurring disorders can be seen more frequently to help stabilize their conditions.

Every level of care at The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health, including IOP and outpatient programming, includes treatment for co-occurring disorders. We believe that physical and mental healing from addiction is integral to long-term sobriety.

Find an Outpatient Rehab

Whether you require higher levels of outpatient care like an IOP, or you need to stay connected to long-term outpatient drug rehab, The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health can help assess your situation and guide you toward the appropriate placement for your point in treatment.

If you’re looking for outpatient drug rehab, Florida has plenty of options across the state. When considering outpatient care for drug or alcohol addiction, search for facilities that:

  • Work with your insurance coverage
  • Are accredited by a major accrediting organization (to ensure you get the highest-quality care)
  • Offer counseling for co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Offer sober living housing, if necessary for you

Outpatient Rehab Near You

At The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health, we offer exclusive programming at a center designed specifically for outpatient care.

If you are searching online for outpatient rehab near me in South Florida, or you wish to relocate to South Florida for your recovery, there are likely several options for outpatient rehab near you.

To find a facility that meets your needs in your area, you can use a behavioral health treatment locator tool, or call The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health to discuss treatment options.

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The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health

4905 Lantana Rd
Lake Worth, FL 33463


With outpatient rehab, treatment is in your hands, and you can have flexible support in starting recovery. If you wish to participate in an outpatient rehabilitation that will honor your independence but give you the treatment support you need, The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health offers outpatient care that can enhance your recovery. Call to learn more about our options for you.