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Adult Outpatient Treatment at Valley Behavioral Health

Severe addictions to substances like heroin and oxycodone typically require inpatient treatment programs to help manage withdrawal and detoxification. In an inpatient setting, the client lives at the treatment facility and receives around-the-clock care, treatment, and supervision. But, mild substance abuse and mental health disorders can often be treated successfully with outpatient treatment programs.

The most common outpatient treatment paths include:

  • Day programs — This is the highest level of care and structure available in an outpatient treatment setting. In this program, clients commit to attending therapy five to seven days per week for several hours each day. Due to the high commitment required, these programs may limit a person’s ability to keep their daily routine.
  • Intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP) – IOP establishes a defined treatment plan that has measurable milestones to indicate progress. As the client meets each milestone, the time they are required to commit to therapies drops. An intensive outpatient treatment program may require multiple sessions for a few hours per week.
  • Continuing care — This treatment incorporates third-party groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. These groups provide ongoing support services to help participants achieve a successful recovery. These sessions often occur weekly and are led by a licensed therapist.

At Valley Behavioral Health, we understand that sometimes growth and rehabilitation cannot be achieved by stopping day-to-day activities. In our intensive outpatient rehabilitation program, we evaluate each client, stabilize their condition, and provide a treatment designed to lead a life independent of our programs. Keep reading to learn more about our outpatient treatment program and how it can benefit you.

What does Outpatient Treatment mean?

Outpatient treatment offers substance abuse and mental health treatment sessions on a flexible schedule.

This allows patients to schedule their treatment around their lives — not schedule their lives around their treatment. Outpatient treatment also allows the client to remain in the “real world” during the entire course of their treatment and deal with real-life triggers as they happen while having a team of counselors to help teach them proper coping skills and behaviors.

A large part of outpatient treatment consists of group therapy where participants focus on learning coping mechanisms, recognizing their triggers. They also feel supported by a community of peers who know exactly what they’re going through. Group therapy reduces isolation and gives clients a front-row seat to the recovery of other people like them.

What’s more, humans base a lot of their choices on what they experience in groups and on what the people around them are doing. While this can lead to deviant behavior (especially during adolescence), joining a group of positive and supportive people can greatly help others make strides towards living a sober and meaningful life.

At Valley Behavioral Health, our outpatient services provide psychotherapy, medication management, and case management services to help our clients obtain relief and stabilize their symptoms. Our goal is to help our clients reach their treatment goals while living independently in the community and avoiding high levels of care such as residential and hospitalization. Outpatient treatment is something we specialize in, and we have been offering it since our agency opened in 1987.

Outpatient treatment may involve:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Chemical dependency treatment
  • Psychiatric medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Bipolar disorder treatment
  • Stress management skills
  • Family therapy

Adult Outpatient Treatment Therapy Types

There are different types of therapy options available for outpatient treatment, including:

  • Individual therapy –  These one-on-one sessions give patients the opportunity to explore the reasons behind their addiction with a licensed therapist. The therapist will delve into their past and future in a healthy, helpful, and therapeutic setting. This allows patients to learn a lot about themselves — setting them up for a successful recovery.
  • Group therapy –  These sessions are integral in letting patients know that they are not alone in their struggles. Group therapy allows patients to share and process their thoughts, experiences, and heavers in a safe and trusting environment surrounded by people who know exactly what they are going through.
  • Family therapy –  These sessions help clients reconnect and repair any damage that has been caused during their addiction or disorder. Families play a key role in recovery because it strengthens the patient’s foundation and focuses on the importance of recovering.

Who needs Outpatient Treatment?

Our outpatient services are for anyone experiencing suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, mood dysregulation, PTSD, trauma, psychosis, and substance use difficulties.

Outpatient treatment is most suitable for people who:

  • Have a strong will to succeed in recovery
    Possess a committed, disciplined approach are the best candidate for outpatient treatment
  • Have mild to moderate addictions or mental health disorders
    Are surrounded by a strong support system from their family and friends
  • Have reliable transportation to get to and from their counseling sessions regularly
  • Be motivated to attend sessions on a regular basis and stick to their treatment plan
  • Have a low risk of withdrawal with medical complications

What to expect in Outpatient Treatment

Because of our individualized approach to treatment, each client’s path looks different and has its own unique goals. But, here’s a general idea of what to expect from outpatient treatment at Valley Behavioral Health.

  • Before the program begins, meet with the staff at Valley Behavioral Health to develop a treatment plan. The plan will consist of goals for treatment in order to make treatment as effective as possible. For these purposes, the staff will ask questions about drug and alcohol use, medical history, medication use, family history, employment, and so forth.
  • Once the treatment plan is created, the client will attend therapy sessions at the facility (A pre-determined set amount of hours based on each client’s needs and goals). There are other components of treatment that vary by patient. For example, some clients may be required to submit to drug testing to ensure they are not using during treatment.

What level of care is Outpatient Treatment?

The ASAM Criteria describes treatment as a continuum that is marked by four broad levels of service and an early intervention level. These care levels provide a standard classification framework for describing the continuum of recovery-oriented addiction services.

ASAM allows clinicians to conduct a multidimensional assessment that explores the patient’s individual risks and needs, in addition to their strengths, skills, and resources. The ASAM takes the information and provides clinicians with a recommended ASAM Level of Care. The intensity of the treatment services matches the corresponding ASAM score to provide the most effective care possible.

Outpatient treatment is ASAM Level 1. This level of care typically consists of less than nine hours of service per week for adults, and less than six hours per week for teens.

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient rehab is usually an ideal treatment option for people with mild to moderate addictions or disorders.

Here are some of the biggest benefits associated with outpatient treatment:

  • Affordability — Since clients in outpatient treatment can live at home, they don’t have to pay the hefty costs associated with living in an inpatient facility. This significantly reduces the price of treatment.
  • Flexibility — Outpatient programs are designed to work around the client’s schedule. This is extremely beneficial for people who may feel like they can’t leave their job or family to seek treatment. Flexible treatment schedules make clients much more likely to find treatment and stick to their program.
  • Access to family — Family involvement and support is emphasized throughout outpatient treatment because loved ones help encourage clients to stay on their path to recovery. There is also no separation from the family during treatment since outpatient clients remain living at home.
  • Outpatient detox — For clients struggling with substance abuse, outpatient treatment allows them to go through the unpleasant process of detoxing from the comfort of their own homes. Nausea, body aches, and depression, and anxiety are common symptoms of detox. Detoxing can also be deadly if it’s not managed properly. Detoxing at an outpatient facility is safe and effective, and medical staff can provide medications to ease symptoms while also monitoring the patient before sending them home to recover comfortably.

How to enroll in Outpatient Treatment at Valley Behavioral Health

Valley provides evidence-based therapies and medications to stabilize symptoms and help our clients work towards their goals, as well as case management services to address our client’s social determinants of health. We find this treatment combination to provide the best outcomes for our clients.

Our outpatient services are offered in Tooele County and Salt Lake County at our North Valley and South Valley clinics. If you are looking for an outpatient program in Utah, Valley Behavioral Health has been a leading provider of treatment for more than 25 years.

Individuals needing our outpatient services can be referred from their primary care provider, from step down from the hospital, and self-referred.

Contact us today to learn more and get started reclaiming your life, freedom, and future.


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