“The duration of treatment will often last for 3 to 12 months. During that time an individual may begin with an intensive daily program and reduce their frequency of attendance over time as they progress in their recovery.”
“Intensive outpatient treatment generally consists of a minimum of 3-hours of treatment per day 5-days per week, while standard outpatient treatment may consist of 1-hour per day anywhere from 1- to 5-days per week,” Sternlicht adds.
Sternlicht tells WebMD Connect to Care that, the factors that determine how long an individual is in outpatient treatment are determined by their progress and response to treatment, including but not limited to:
- Length of abstinence
- Stabilization of physical and mental health issues
- Having a stable and supportive living environment
- Acquiring a sober support system
- Attainment of vocational, educational, or career goals
- Relapse prevention tools acquired
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