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There are a variety of treatment programs for an addict in recovery. Since drug and alcohol addiction varies from one person to the next, there’s no one-size-fits-all rehabilitation program that works best for everybody. Residential and inpatient programs work best for individuals who would prefer to separate themselves from their destructive lifestyle in favor of recovering in a safe, professionally supervised environment. On the other hand, there are also forms of outpatient treatment that can sometimes provide the best solution for individuals whose only option of recovery are to work treatment into their existing schedule. In fact, day drug and alcohol treatment programs aim to provide individuals who suffer from addiction with many of the same features that would be offered at an inpatient facility. There are many benefits that a day treatment program can offer. The Florida model includes sober living and full days of programming at a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient level, just a slight variation on traditional inpatient. 

If you or someone you love are considering treatment, but are unable to relocate to an inpatient facility for a period of time, a day drug and alcohol treatment program might provide an ideal solution. Here are some of the benefits of a day program for addiction.

What is Day Treatment?

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While some outpatient addiction treatment programs are considered little more than drug and alcohol education, day treatment is a more intensive outpatient treatment that’s often compared to residential programs in terms of the treatments and services offered as well as in effectiveness. Since it’s not a residential program, day treatment leaves some room for customization, allowing an individual with a family or job to work a program into and around an existing schedule.

Day drug and alcohol treatment programs typically offer a schedule that mimics what a residential facility would offer. While they are usually five days a week for between five and eight consecutive hours each day, the average person will attend three or four days each week with the number of days determined by a rehabilitation counselor based on individual needs. Day treatment programs usually consist of addiction and 12-step education, counseling sessions with a qualified professional, group therapy, family education and counseling, team building, recreational activities, and relapse prevention through recovery planning.

Emphasis on Family Involvement

Unlike an inpatient or residential program, individuals do not live temporarily in the facility. Instead, it is the responsibility of the addict in recovery to attend each day’s treatment. For the Florida model, sober living is recommended and might in some cases be available through the same facility. Due to this format, family members can attend certain treatments with the individual such as family education and family counseling. This gives family members and loved ones the opportunity to learn more about addiction and to gain a better understanding of the disease as well as the individual afflicted.

Oftentimes over the course of addiction, individuals hurt the ones they love either intentionally or incidentally, which can cause animosity and resentment in the family unit. Since having a support network is often an essential part of an individual’s rehabilitation and sustained recovery, family involvement during treatment can help the family with things like expressing thoughts and feelings, reinforcing and constructive support, knowing when and how to provide tough love or encouragement, and so on. Family involvement also shows addicts in recovery that they’re family is behind them, supports their rehabilitation, and wants to be involved.

Schedule Flexibilityfamily therapy session

There are a number of individuals who want to rehabilitate from alcohol or drug addiction but are unable to attend a residential inpatient treatment. More often than not this is because of familial responsibilities such as being a parent or a caretaker, but it’s also common for individuals to be unable to take the time away from a job to complete inpatient treatment that can last 30 or more days. A day drug and alcohol treatment program can offer enough flexibility to allow an individual to both be a parent or keep their job while participating in a recovery program. Typically, an individual participating in a day program will attend day treatment three or four days per week for between five and eight hours each day. The intent is for day treatment to be as accessible to individuals who have other commitments as possible while still being as efficient as a residential program.

Less Expensive Treatment Program

In addition to conflict with other responsibilities, one of the most common reasons that prevent an individual from participating in a rehabilitation program is due to being unable to afford treatment. Unfortunately, inpatient and residential programs are both the most effective and the most expensive type of treatment, especially when the individual’s addiction is more severe and warrants a longer period of treatment. Even though there are a number of facilities that accept health plans are government assistance, inpatient treatments can still be more expensive than some individuals can afford. However, day drug and alcohol treatment programs offer an efficacy that’s comparable to a residential program, but while costing significantly less. Additionally, some of the facilities that offer day treatment programs still accept private and government health plans, which can make this type of outpatient treatment very affordable for being so effective.

Great for Aftercaregroup outpatient

For individuals who don’t feel comfortable jumping back into society without some sort of post-treatment maintenance, day drug and alcohol treatment programs offer an ideal aftercare solution that can reinforce an individual’s inpatient treatment while providing a semi-supervised transition period before being completely on their own again. This is comparable to a sort of halfway house, but instead of living in a sober living facility the individual is able to return home while continuing intensive daily rehabilitative treatment. Providing a sort of graduated midpoint between an inpatient program and the recovered individual being completely responsible for maintaining their sobriety, day treatment provides an addict in recovery with a period in which to involve their family in their continued recovery while they attempt to set up a new lifestyle such as a place to live, secure employment, and so on.

Although it may not be the absolute best or most appropriate treatment option for every addict in recovery, day drug and alcohol treatment programs offer a unique combination of inpatient intensity and outpatient flexibility that will appeal to a number of individuals who want to seek treatment, but have obligations that prevent them from doing do. Sound Recovery Solutions can help you and your loved one find and enroll in the day treatment program that would work best for you. Call us today and begin the path to recovery.

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