How to Choose an Outpatient Rehabilitation Center

August 25, 2020 by Next Wind Recovery0

Are you considering entering an outpatient rehabilitation center, but don’t understand what you need to look for in an outpatient program? If so, then you’ve come to the right place because we’re going to provide you with some things that you need to look for in an outpatient program.

Considering these factors will help you to select the right program for your needs. Continue reading this guide for everything that you need to look for before deciding on a program to enter.

Program Schedule

You’re going to want to consider the schedule of the program. This is because you don’t want it to interfere with the schedule of other things that you’ve got going on in your life. If you’ve chosen an outpatient program, you have a job that you need to continue attending and have children you need to take care of.

The schedule that you agree to should be one that you will give you the time to take part in. If your schedule interferes with the program schedule, then it’s likely that you won’t be able to attend every therapy session.

And not attending each therapy session can be an issue when you’re looking for help with your addiction problems.

Length of Program

When you enter into an outpatient program, you have the option of programs that are each a different length. When you choose the length of the treatment program that you want to enter, it will depend on how severe your addiction is.

If you find that your addiction is on the severe end, then you’re going to want to select a long-term program to enter. If your addiction isn’t severe and you’re looking to maintain your sobriety, you would choose a short term program. This program should fit well within your current schedule.


Before you enter into a program, you need to ask the center what insurance types they accept and the cost of treatment. If they don’t accept your insurance, you need to continue searching for the right outpatient addiction treatment.

If the center does accept your insurance then you’re in luck. The next thing that you need to do is contact your insurance and ask them what percentage of your treatment they’re going to cover. If they cover only specific treatment plans and medications, you’re going to want to ask the center to work with you to create a plan that you can afford under your insurance coverage.

Staff Experience

When you seek substance abuse counseling, the last thing you want to do is receive counseling from people who aren’t qualified to provide you with those services. Before entering into any program, ask where the staff has received training from and if they have to submit to audits.

The audits will ensure that the employees are being held to a higher standard and are meeting the needs of patients at all times. If they fall below the company standards, what consequences do they face. How do the quality standards affect the patients that have been entrusted to the care of the addiction counselors.

Do They Provide Online Sessions?

You need to ask about virtual meetings as a treatment option. The reason for virtual sessions will ensure that you can continue receiving treatment without putting yourself or anyone else in danger.

Plus, in most places, you’ve got to practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the COVID virus. Some centers will continue with virtual meetings as a part of your regular treatment plan. These meetings won’t increase the cost of paying for your treatment program.

While still allowing you to interact and share experiences with other people that are in recovery.

External Resources

There are going to be times when you’re in recovery that you find yourself on the verge of relapsing. And when this happens, what resources does the treatment center that you attend provide to recovering addicts.

Is their a line that you can call and speak to someone until the urge to use has gone away, or you’ve gotten it under control. Or are you able to contact your addiction counselor for help when you feel like throwing your sobriety away?

Recovering addicts must have a way to reach someone when they are thinking about relapsing. Most times being able to speak to someone is enough to make them change their minds and continue on the road to recovery.

Medication Usage

Some outpatient recovery centers use medication to help curve the urge to use. In these treatment centers, you may find that you’ve got to take Suboxone or Methadone to assist with opioid withdrawal.

You should ask if you’re expected to take these medications, and if you are, what are the side effects of using these medications. Something you should be aware of before taking the medication is that they reduce your urge to use but won’t reduce your withdrawal symptoms.

Choosing an Outpatient Rehabilitation Center

When choosing an outpatient rehabilitation center for yourself, all the factors above should be considered. You need to choose a facility that fits within your schedule and can be covered by your insurance.

If you’re looking for a treatment center that will help you get your life back on track, contact us┬áhere at Next Wind Recovery. We have experts that know what you need and can help you with everything from outpatient detox to addiction counseling.

We want to help you get your life back one treatment sessions at a time.

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