How to Find Outpatient Treatment in New York
Drug and alcohol dependence affects many thousands of New Yorkers. Every year, over 1700 residents die of alcohol-related causes alone. If you are seeking help for a drug or alcohol dependence, congratulations! There are many excellent treatment options in NYC, depending on your needs. Sadly, many people hesitate to pursue recovery due to job schedules, family commitments, or other life obligations. In these cases, outpatient treatment can be a great option. We at NYC Addiction Resources have put together some information to help you make an informed decision.
What is Outpatient Treatment?
Outpatient treatment is also referred to as “intensive outpatient treatment (IOP)” or “day treatment.” Generally, patients will spend the majority of their day in therapy sessions or medical checkups. Unlike residential treatment, outpatient treatment allows patients to spend their off-hours at home. It is important to note that not all outpatient treatment programs are the same. Some less intensive “outpatient programs” can be little more than drug education or group recovery meetings. While these activities certainly add value, a proper outpatient program aims to help patients fully recover from their addiction. In most IOP programs, patients can expect some or all of the following treatments:
- Medical checkups with a physician
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Recovery meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Sometimes, IOP is the next step for patients who have completed residential treatment or partial hospitalization programs. For outpatient treatment to work, patients must be fully detoxed and have a substantial home support network. It is also essential to know that you may not be able to work while in outpatient treatment. Depending on the program, you may have a full schedule all day during regular working hours.
Benefits Of Outpatient Treatment
In recent years, outpatient treatment has become a more popular option for certain patients. Some of the benefits of outpatient treatment include:
- Cost. Since patients are not monitored 24 hours a day, prices can be significantly lower than residential or partial hospitalization treatment.
- Flexible scheduling. Patients can sometimes schedule appointments and meetings to have a minimal impact on other obligations.
- Support for reintegration into daily life. Recovery is a significant life change. Many patients benefit from having care and support as they re-engage with their daily lives.
Is Outpatient Treatment Right for Me?
Only your provider can help you decide on the best care plan for your recovery. If you are in NYC, our team can help you find the right treatment. Our treatment specialists will ask you a few questions to understand your situation better. Be prepared to tell us your substance or substances of choice and how often you use them. We may also have questions about your medical history and any medications you may be taking. Family history and genetics are major factors in addiction. Your treatment specialist may ask questions about your family history as part of our evaluation.
Once we have talked, we will recommend one or more area treatment centers that best meet your needs. We work with many age and gender-specific facilities in the area. Our network of relationships will ensure that we find you the best fit. We will also work to find a provider that matches your insurance or payment abilities. Our goal is to make the process as stress-free as possible.
Not sure if you or your loved one needs treatment? Consider the following questions:
- Have you tried to quit drinking/using on your own and failed?
- Has your substance of choice become all you can think about during the day?
- Do your family or friends express concern over your use?
- Have you engaged in risky behavior, such as impaired driving or working while impaired?
- Do you need to hide your use from friends or loved ones?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, don’t delay seeking help. Addiction is a medical condition requiring treatment and is not a moral failure. Our partner facilities are committed to treating you with dignity and respect. Many patients with substance or alcohol use disorder fully recover and live fulfilling lives. This can be your story too.
For more information on outpatient treatment options in NYC, contact us today. You can reach out via our website or by phone at 718-208-4202. We are ready to help you reclaim your life!