Outpatient (OP) & Aftercare
Outpatient Treatment may include aftercare substance abuse groups, individual sessions, anger management sessions, family sessions, and/or substance abuse education. All Outpatient Treatment is individualized to meet client’s needs and is created collaboratively by the counselor and client.
Weekly hour-long outpatient group sessions are offered multiple times per week to assist clients in recovery maintenance. Clients may attend outpatient group sessions for up to one year after completion of IOP or another intensive level of care. Individual counseling and urine drug screens are available as needed.
Aftercare Definition – From National Library of Medicine & SAMHSA
“Aftercare, or continuing care, is the stage following discharge, when the client no longer requires services at the intensity required during primary treatment. A client is able to function using a self-directed plan, which includes minimal interaction with a counselor. Counselor interaction takes on a monitoring function. Clients continue to reorient their behavior to the ongoing reality of a pro-social, sober lifestyle. Aftercare can occur in a variety of settings, such as periodic outpatient aftercare, relapse/recovery groups, 12-Step and self-help groups, and halfway houses. Whether individuals completed primary treatment in a residential or outpatient program, they have at least some of the skills to maintain sobriety and begin work on remediating various areas of their lives. Work is intrapersonal and interpersonal as well as environmental. Areas that relate to environmental issues, such as vocational rehabilitation, finding employment, and securing safe housing, fall within the purview of case management. Outpatient (OP), also known as Aftercare or Recovery Maintenance, is the next step for clients who have completed an Intensive Outpatient program and who have learned the basic requirements of living a life of recovery but are still in need of support and additional knowledge. “
Adapted from SAMHSA and Drug-Rehabilitation.com.