What Is Outpatient Addiction Treatment?

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Making the decision to seek help for drug or alcohol use is an important step on the path to recovery, but many people worry that going to rehab means putting their lives on hold indefinitely. Fortunately, there are a variety of outpatient treatment options available that allow you to manage your ongoing responsibilities while working toward long-term sobriety.

At Pathfinders Recovery Center, we know that finding the right type of treatment program is crucial to ending the cycle of substance use. For some people, that means pursuing outpatient care with a live-at-home model, allowing you to attend therapy sessions, 12-step meetings, support groups and more while maintaining much of your normal routine.

Our outpatient programs provide a flexible approach to addiction recovery so you can get sober in a way that works for you. Our highly trained therapists utilize a range of evidence-based therapies and techniques designed to blend into your daily life, providing both the support and continuity you need to achieve and maintain a healthier, sober lifestyle.

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Outpatient treatment is a level of care in substance use and mental health recovery that allows people to participate in therapy sessions, support groups, addiction counseling and more while continuing to live at home or in sober housing. Unlike residential or inpatient rehab, which requires participants to remain on-site for the duration of their treatment, outpatient programs are more flexible and integrated into daily life. While enrolled, you’ll be able to focus on your sobriety while maintaining your ongoing commitments to work or family.


There’s no one-size-fits-all in recovery. Fortunately, outpatient treatment offers a variety of programs tailored to fit your needs. Outpatient care allows you to continue living at home or in sober housing during your treatment, so you can receive the level of support that’s right for you. The three main categories of outpatient care are partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) and standard outpatient programs (SOPs).


Partial hospitalization programs, or PHPs, are more intensive than other outpatient programs. Think of PHPs as a bridge between residential and outpatient treatment. While enrolled in this level of care, individuals live in our supportive recovery housing and spend a significant portion of the day attending therapy sessions and more at our rehab facility — almost like a full-time job. PHPs are ideal for those who need a structured environment without staying overnight at a facility, either as a primary treatment option or as a transitional step after completing a residential or inpatient program.

PHPs provide at least 20 hours of weekly care and typically take place in a hospital setting or specialized care facility. The treatment you receive while enrolled is the most intensive level of non-residential care available and helps you stabilize your mental health, develop new coping skills and practice relapse prevention techniques to promote long-term sobriety.


Intensive outpatient programs, or IOPs, can look a lot like PHPs. However, there are some important differences between these two levels of care. IOPs offer a structured yet adaptable approach to treatment that is generally recommended for people who are more stable in their recovery and without significant or unmanaged mental health symptoms. Participants live in our supportive housing and benefit from therapeutic interventions such as counseling, relapse prevention and more that seamlessly integrate into their daily responsibilities.

Treatment sessions take place at a rehab facility and require a commitment of 6 to 19 hours a week. While IOPs are rigorous, they offer more flexibility than residential care or PHPs and are designed to optimize your engagement without overshadowing other obligations.


Standard outpatient programs, or SOPs, are the least intensive level of care, specifically designed for people who are further along in their recovery or have less acute therapeutic needs. Standard outpatient treatment is the most flexible option available and may involve weekly therapy sessions, ongoing monitoring, support groups and periodic check-ins to help individuals maintain their progress and stay on the path to long-term sobriety. In standard outpatient care, participants can live at home or in our supportive recovery housing.

These programs are also sometimes used to help people with milder forms of substance addiction who don’t need 24/7 monitoring. While enrolled in a standard outpatient program, you can expect to undergo a maximum of six to eight treatment hours per week.

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Outpatient treatment can be utilized as a primary level of care or as a transitional step after completing a more intensive program, such as inpatient rehab. Recovering from substance use doesn’t happen overnight, and for many, outpatient care provides ongoing support, structure and guidance that helps to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety. Outpatient treatment also provides the opportunity to practice your new coping skills in the real world so you can discover which strategies and techniques work best for you.

Typically, outpatient programs are recommended for individuals who:

  • Don’t require 24/7 monitoring in a residential setting
  • Have recently completed (or don’t need) drug & alcohol detox
  • Want a more flexible treatment schedule
  • Live in a supportive, stable and recovery-oriented home
  • Need to maintain their current employment
  • Are not at imminent risk of relapse
  • Feel determined to take charge of their recovery

When deciding if an outpatient program is right for you, another significant factor to consider is the severity of your drug or alcohol use. During the intake process, our team can evaluate our needs and help determine if this level of care can help you reach your goals. If a more intensive approach is recommended, you may transition into a less intensive outpatient program with more freedom and flexibility as you progress in your recovery.


At Pathfinders, the recovery journey is a deeply personal and transformative experience that combines evidence-based methods with compassionate, individualized care. This journey, although unique for everyone, generally involves two significant stages: detox and treatment.

Detox involves safely and comfortably eliminating harmful substances from the body. During detox, a medical team helps to manage the symptoms of withdrawal and end your physical dependence on alcohol or drugs, so you can begin treatment with a clear mind. For many people, detox is an important first step in the recovery process, but whether or not you need to undergo this step will depend on the severity of your addiction. Our team will evaluate your substance use history prior to admission to determine if detox is right for you.

After completing detox, you’ll begin to understand and confront the roots of your substance use during active drug or alcohol treatment. This stage is both intensive and introspective, involving a variety of therapeutic techniques designed to help you address the underlying factors that contributed to your addiction. With the help of our skilled professionals, you’ll build a strong foundation for recovery and learn how to maintain a sober lifestyle.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment Pathfinders - A woman who is taking part in outpatient addiction treatment is communicating with her counselor virtually for one-on-one sessions as part of her treatment plan toward recovery and sobriety


At Pathfinders, our outpatient programs utilize a variety of evidence-based therapies and holistic techniques to help you achieve lasting recovery. Treatment is tailored to your unique needs and designed to address not only the immediate effects of addiction, but also to build strength, foster resilience and strengthen your coping skills for the long-term.

Some of the therapeutic methods we use include:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Behavioral therapies
  • 12-step recovery meetings
  • Mental health support
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Chemical dependency education
  • Relapse prevention
  • Life skills education
  • Sober living placement
  • Aftercare planning & alumni services

We also offer medication management and medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which can help to reduce cravings, manage withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse for long-term sobriety. In outpatient care, MAT plays an important role for people affected by:

MAT may involve the use of medications such as Suboxone (buprenorphine) or methadone for opioid use disorder, or Vivitrol (naltrexone) for opioid or alcohol use disorder. Our experienced team of addiction specialists can help decide if MAT is right for you and develop a personalized dosage and taper schedule depending on your needs and goals.


Behavioral therapies are an important part of substance use treatment, helping you discern the underlying thoughts, feelings and beliefs that drive your addiction. By examining these factors more closely, behavioral therapies act as a transformative lens through which you can begin to view and reshape your harmful relationship with drugs or alcohol.

Behavioral therapy also works by improving your understanding of how you started your pattern of substance use. It also works by showing you how to:

  • Avoid a relapse while still undergoing treatment
  • Break past habits that drive you toward drinking or using drugs
  • Develop new coping skills that support your long-term sobriety
  • Build healthier routines to improve your overall well-being

There are different types of behavioral therapy available, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and more. While enrolled in treatment, your recovery team will guide you toward options proven to help people in your specific situation.

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When choosing an outpatient program, affordability is an important consideration. Fortunately, most people with health insurance can rely on the benefits provided by their policies to receive treatment that fits their budget and lifestyle. These benefits may cover a portion of your costs, or they may cover all of them, depending on your coverage and carrier.

If you need help determining whether outpatient treatment is covered by your insurance plan, Pathfinders Recovery Center offers a convenient online insurance verification tool to help you get started. You can also verify your insurance by calling our team at 877-224-0761. Together, we can reduce your out-of-pocket costs and help with other forms of payment, if necessary.

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Navigating the challenges of addiction can feel overwhelming, but you don’t have to face them alone. The outpatient programs at Pathfinders Recovery Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, are here to offer you the guidance and support you need to achieve long-term sobriety, all while fitting seamlessly into your daily life. Whether you’re struggling with drug or alcohol use, our individualized treatment options are tailored to meet your unique needs. Take the first toward recovery today and contact or call us at 877-224-0761 to speak to our admissions team.


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