Outpatient Treatment Center Explained

Drug and alcohol outpatient rehbailitaiton treatment center

The realization that an addiction to drugs or alcohol has taken over your life is one that can hit hard and stop your life in its tracks – or at least it feels that way. Like it brings the spin of the earth to a halt.

In reality though, life around you does go on. Your responsibilities to family and friends carry on and the job you managed to maintain continues to require doing.

Depending on the severity of your addiction, it may be in your best interest to opt for inpatient care, where you live at a treatment center. In that case, you’re fully pulled out of that life – your former world – and focus 100% of your energy and attention on rehabilitation.

For those with the most severe issues with substance use, that could be the right way to go but what if your addiction isn’t that intense? What if your work or family life absolutely requires your presence? What is after you finish inpatient you still need help? 

How do you square that circle and make it work while getting the care for addiction you genuinely need?

Outpatient treatment.

What Is Outpatient Treatment?

For starters, let’s quickly discuss what inpatient treatment is because one informs the other.

As previously stated, inpatient rehab requires you to live at the facility where you’re being treated. Any reputable recovery center will create a highly structured and personalized plan that is suited to your particular needs.

Though the methods and modalities will vary from rehab to rehab, the foundation of most programs is in psychotherapy, or talk therapy. Here at Principles Recovery Center, for example, we utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy and more – in both individual and group settings – to help you work through the mental aspects of addiction during our outpatient programs. 

That’s in addition to complementary and holistic treatment options that work to create a well-rounded path to recovery.

How does that relate to outpatient care?

Well, rehab at an outpatient treatment center encompasses the same things and it uses the very same tools to aid you in your journey towards lasting sobriety. The key difference is that with outpatient rehab you are not required to live at the facility.

The quality of care isn’t any less than that of inpatient care, it’s simply designed and intended for a different subset of the recovery population. Someone suffering from the most severe, heavy addiction wouldn’t necessarily be an ideal candidate for outpatient treatment because they genuinely need the 24/7 support, guidance and supervision that inpatient rehab provides.

However, just like addiction itself, there are different degrees of outpatient care.

Intensive outpatient program (IOP), for instance, is one of these degrees. Somewhere between partial hospitalization and more run-of-the-mill outpatient treatment, patients undergoing intensive outpatient care spend substantially more time in treatment, often in the neighborhood of 20 hours a week or so – but still go home at the end of the day. 

Who Should Go to an Outpatient Treatment Center?

Outpatient care, the standard kind, is the type of treatment that requires the least time and is, therefore, the most accessible.

For those who have work, school or familial responsibilities that must be fulfilled, outpatient treatment offers both the flexibility and structure to allow you to do what you have to while still getting the critical support for recovery that you need. It’s a treatment option that you can incorporate into your schedule.

Additionally, rather than jumping straight back into the grind of daily life, outpatient rehab is also especially useful as a transitional tool for those who have completed an inpatient program. Offering something of a safety net as you reintegrate into your day-to-day.  To find out if outpatient treatment is right for you or a loved one, get in touch with us at Principles Recovery Center. We’d be happy to give you more information and tell you about our South Florida outpatient program.

Why Rehab Facilities in Florida Are the Best Way To Heal From Addiction

picture of Florida, where many rehab facilities are

Famed for its seemingly endless coastline and stunning beaches, Florida is known as the Sunshine State for very good reason. What you may not know about Florida though is that it’s one of the preeminent destinations for treating substance abuse disorders.

South Florida, given the population density, of course has ample options for treatment that can fit the needs of anyone. It’s not just down south though, from Miami up to Jacksonville, and Pensacola back down through Orlando and on to Naples, rehab facilities in Florida are abundant.

When people want to get away, they come to Florida and the same logic applies to rehab. Moreover, and concerning substance abuse specifically, getting away from what triggers you and those surroundings in which your addiction was born is a huge benefit. 

Given the dearth of facilities, what can you expect to find when you get to Florida?

Different Types of Rehab Facilities in Florida

Despite the sheer quantity of facilities here, there are only so many types of rehab and parts of the treatment process. Recovery from addiction breaks down into detox, inpatient care, outpatient care and aftercare.

Some facilities specialize in one part of the process or a certain treatment modality or methodology while others might be well equipped to see you through the whole process from start to “finish”. Finish being in quotes because rehab in and of itself is just the first part of a lifelong journey of recovery. 

As far as what each type of rehab facility does, here’s a broad overview:


While addiction is a disorder, getting the drugs and alcohol out of your system and breaking the physical dependence is the first step in any treatment program. Addressing that physiological aspect of addiction and the withdrawal that accompanies it is a tough thing to go through and potentially even fatal with some substances like alcohol or opioids. That’s why it’s recommended to detox under the care and guidance of trained addiction specialists and medical professionals.

Inpatient Care

After your body is rid of the toxins, it’s time to tackle the mental side of addiction.

Inpatient care is characterized by the fact that you live in the facility. No work, school, family, friends to worry about or distract you from the goal of sobriety.

Every treatment center that’s reputable and worth its salt will create a dedicated, customized rehab program that’s catered to your needs and will give you the best chance at achieving sustained sobriety.

The mainstay of most drug and alcohol treatment is psychotherapy or talk therapy. This is where you dive deep into the mind with a psychologist and/or psychiatrist in individual as well as group sessions with the idea being to work down to the root cause of your addiction.

Some rehabs will offer complementary treatments like yoga, meditation, music therapy and more.

Outpatient Care

You can either transition to outpatient care from inpatient rehab or, if your addiction wasn’t extremely severe, you can start with outpatient treatment. The difference between this and inpatient is that you’re not required to live at the facility.

You can go about your daily life and come to treatment on a predetermined schedule.

Partial Hospitalization

This is sort of in between inpatient and outpatient care though it leans more heavily on the inpatient side. Partial hospitalization is meant for those with a severe enough addiction to warrant inpatient care but really need the flexibility of outpatient care.

At the end of the day, some people are just not able to drop everything and go to treatment for a month or longer. This is the middle ground.


As mentioned, recovery is a lifelong process and aftercare speaks to that. You’re not simply left to your own devices after completing treatment. The world can be a tough place and you no longer have to go it alone.

Aftercare is an important tool to help you avoid relapse, keep connections you made in rehab as well as even make new ones.

How Principles Recovery Center Helps with Addiction

At Principles Recovery Center in Davie, Florida, you’ll be able to go through every phase of recovery here with us. From detox right through to aftercare, we even have an ever-growing alumni community as well as a dedicated Español program.

Get in touch with us today and let’s explore your Florida recovery options together.