Outpatient Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

February 25, 2021

For some people struggling to overcome substance abuse, taking months off from work or school to attend a residential treatment program simply isn’t practical. For others, insurance coverage isn’t available for our residential inpatient program, so a shorter – yet still effective – alternative is needed. (Verify Your Insurance Now)

The Elevate Addiction Services outpatient program is designed to serve local northern California residents who need the flexibility to attend drug and alcohol treatment sessions in the evenings.

What Is Outpatient vs. Inpatient Treatment?

Our inpatient drug addiction treatment, also called residential treatment, is a program where clients come to live at one of our locations in Santa Cruz County or South Lake Tahoe while they undergo treatment. This immersive program is ideal for people who need to get out of their current environment in order to make a fresh start.

With the outpatient treatment program, a client continues his or her daily work and personal routine, but then attends addiction treatment education and counselling in the evenings for eight weeks. Clients may continue to attend weekly support groups for as long as needed to reach their goals.

The outpatient program is appropriate for those whose addiction is a problem but hasn’t completely taken over their lives yet. In other words, they are still able to maintain work and family obligations while pursuing treatment.

Whereas we have clients who come to inpatient treatment from around the country, the outpatient program is for local northern California residents who live and work near our outpatient facility in Aptos, CA or in South Lake Tahoe.

Virtual Outpatient Telecare

Elevate Addiction Services now offers our outpatient program virtually! The same program offered in our outpatient offices is now available completely online. Contact us to speak to an admissions counselor to get started right away.

The Elevate Addiction Services Outpatient Program

We created our outpatient program by curating the most crucial aspects of our residential program, which has empowered addiction recovery for thousands of clients since our inception more than 20 years ago.

The Elevate outpatient program offers:

  • Modern, evidence-based treatments
  • Individual and group addiction counseling
  • Nutritional training and awareness
  • Treatment planning, case management, and relapse-prevention planning

Successful completion of the program results in an individual who:

  • Is sober
  • Understands how and why his or her life got out of control and what role substance abuse played
  • Begins living a happy and fulfilling life without depending on mind-altering and mood-altering substances

Types of Addiction Addressed With Outpatient Treatment

We help clients recover from the three most common forms of substance abuse:

  • Illicit drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Habit-forming prescription drugs

Holistic, Non-12-Step Approach To Addiction Recovery

The Elevate approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation is truly holistic, meaning it focuses on all aspects of the individual, addressing the physical, mental and spiritual effects of addiction.

When we say that we address the spiritual effects of addiction, we are not defining spiritual by any religious definition, but rather by what individuals believe to be true for themselves. Their own personal values, their private goals and purposes in life, honor and self-respect, and other principles and beliefs which touch them on a deeper level are all considered spiritual in nature.

Because we respect this broad and individually defined sense of spirituality, we utilize the Smart Recovery® model for support meetings, instead of the 12-step program used by many other treatment facilities. The Smart Recovery® model gives recovering addicts all the support they require, without necessitating belief in any specific religious principles.

The Importance Of Mindfulness

A principal element of the Elevate program is the concept of mindfulness.

Derived from Eastern practices of meditation and breathing, we define mindfulness as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. Generally, mindfulness exercises consist of focusing awareness on the moment, regulating breathing and creating appreciation for the moment.

Mindfulness can be used as a therapeutic technique, and is one of the cornerstone tools that helps clients deal with challenges in the short term and ultimately achieve long-term sobriety.

Evidence-Based Treatment Methods

In our outpatient program, we utilize comprehensive, evidence-based treatments such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Outpatient Treatment Curriculum

The outpatient program study curriculum includes:

  1. Mindful acceptance of emotions and feelings and tools for coping with them
  2. Diffusing irrational thought patterns and practicing rational and helpful thinking
  3. Getting to know the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors in relation to health and well-being
  4. Mindfulness tools and skills
  5. Exploring and moving past loss
  6. What is addiction and how did it develop?
  7. Connecting addiction and loss
  8. Mindful grieving and acceptance techniques
  9. Relationship and communication skills
  10. Maintaining recovery and relapse prevention

This curriculum allows participants to tackle specific topics related to addiction while focusing on establishing and maintaining sobriety according to their personal values, goals, purposes and principles.

Activities for delivering the curriculum include:

  • Group discussions of certain topics related to addiction
  • Smart Recovery® model meetings
  • Team-building exercises
  • Exercises on establishing and living according to one’s own values

Exit planning and relapse-prevention planning are ongoing processes that will occur throughout the program.

We also host weekly Smart Recovery® meetings on Wednesday evenings, which are open to anyone seeking support, regardless of where they are in their recovery journey.

Our Outpatient Treatment Program Schedule

The average duration for a client’s outpatient program varies but is typically done in one month intervals. The general schedule consists of three sessions per week with each session lasting for a period of three hours.

Each three-hour session follows this schedule:

6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. – Group Counseling
7:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Break
7:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Mindfulness
7:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Educational Therapy

This page does not provide medical advice
Written by Elevate Addiction Services | © 2021 Elevate Addiction Services | All Rights Reserved
Tim Sinnott LMFT LAADC Medical Review

Medically Reviewed by

Tim Sinnott, LMFT LAADC

December 3, 2020

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