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Outpatient Program

Outpatient treatment, or maintenance therapy, is the lowest level of mental health and substance abuse treatment that is offered at AKUA Mind and Body. Outpatient treatment is for individuals in recovery who have already completed a higher level of care such as residential treatment, partial hospitalization, or intensive outpatient treatment.

Outpatient treatment does not require the individual to live in on an AKUA campus. Instead, the client schedules appointments on a regular basis to receive maintenance therapy. Usually, outpatient therapy is offered once per week for one- to two-hour sessions. The goal is to maintain and sharpen skills that were learned from a more intensive level of care.

Outpatient therapy can be an ongoing process for months or years. This flexible schedule allows clients to continue with their regular responsibilities and continue living at home. Outpatient treatment usually takes places in an office setting between a therapist and the client. Discussions may involve relapse triggers, coping skills, personal struggles in the home or workplace, and practicing approaches introduced in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectal behavior therapy (DBT), and interpersonal therapy.

Individuals may also see a psychiatrist if they are taking prescription medications for their mental health or substance abuse disorder.

Outpatient treatment for a mental health disorder or substance abuse disorder is often recommended in conjunction with community outreach programs, online community support groups, or 12-step programs where individuals meet on a regular basis to share stories about their addiction and help one another with the daily battles of recovery.

Outpatient therapy for substance abuse

Individuals who have suffered from substance abuse disorders may be able to attend outpatient therapy if they have already completed a higher level of care, or have a very mild form of the disorder. Abused substances include:

Outpatient therapy for mental health disorders

Individuals who struggle with the following mental health disorders may be able to attend outpatient therapy if they have completed a higher level of care, or have a mild form of the disorder:

  • Personality disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia

How much does outpatient treatment cost?

Outpatient therapy for mental health or substance abuse disorders is much more affordable compared to high level of care such as or partial hospitalization. The cost for a therapist can range from $40-$250 per hour, depending on a variety of factors. If you have health insurance, check with your company to see if therapy is covered Outpatient therapy is much more affordable compared to high-level care such as residential treatment or partial hospitalization. If you have health insurance, AKUA can verify that your treatment is covered.

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Is outpatient therapy right for you?

  • Are you medically stable? If you are experiencing active withdrawal effects, or have unstable medical complications, you might have to go an inpatient setting where medical attention is readily available. Outpatient therapy focuses on addressing day-to-day battles with substance abuse and mental health disorders, while providing ways to practice positive coping skills. It is not a space to address acute complications, which are usually addressed in higher levels of care.
  • How much can you afford to spend? Outpatient treatment usually costs less than inpatient, which includes the cost of the client’s housing and more hours of treatment. Most private insurance companies cover outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment.
  • How motivated for recovery are you? Outpatient treatment does not offer constant supervision and support, so if you are having a hard time controlling cravings or if you do not have a strong support system at home, you might want to consider residential treatment or partial hospitalization.

Ultimately, successful, long-term sobriety and mental health wellness stems from your commitment to the outpatient program. It is your choice to open up to your therapist and share during group sessions. Opening up can be difficult, and facing your problems can be painful, especially in front of strangers. It is important to discuss your treatment and care plans with your loved ones and treatment team to decide if outpatient treatment is the correct level of care for you at this time.

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