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Outpatient Treatment for Women with Addiction

While an inpatient treatment method requires the patient to stay in the addiction treatment centers (usually about 30-90 days), in an outpatient treatment program the patient can live at home and continue receiving recovery care.

Let’s learn more about outpatient treatment for women with addiction.

How Does Outpatient Treatment for Women Work?

The women who aspire to get rid of alcohol or drug problems may be facing hurdles in attaining a specialized treatment program. The first barrier to be part of an addiction treatment program is family responsibilities.

But enrolling in a substance use disorder program will have great benefits for you and your family. Outpatient treatment specifically for women and women with children is vital.

You might be wondering how it all might be rewarding! Here’s how

Family responsibilities are no longer an obstacle to getting treatment. Because the outpatient treatment method allows women to continue to address family tasks and personal tasks by doing both with a unique schedule and flexibility.

What Does Outpatient Treatment Involve?

The typical duration for outpatient treatment is 6 months. However, some complete treatment in 90 days or less. Outpatient treatment helps women struggling with addiction find the root cause of their problems. It also encourages them to address mental health, social concerns and take a large step towards long lasting recovery.

During treatment, women participate in various types of therapy such as:

  • Therapeutic groups
  • Family therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
  • And more.


What Are the Types of Outpatient Treatment for Women?

The three general types of outpatient treatment plans are as follows:

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP):

In an intensive outpatient program, the addicted woman is supposed to follow a formal treatment plan. It usually consists of set milestones toward recovery progress. Treatment consists of 9+ more hours a week of services.

As the patient meets pre-defined milestones, she gets relief in the specified time for upcoming weeks.

An IOP is strongly advisable for women in need of intensive treatment that have substance use disorder problems, parenting needs, and other case management needs.  During the assessment it is determined if IOP or OP is recommended.


  • Relapse prevention
  • Life Skills
  • Anger Management and Domestic Violence are also typically addressed.
  • Individual or group counseling
  • Taking part in a 12-step program (commonly known as a recovery support group)


An outpatient day program is somewhat like residential rehab as it offers highly structured care. It’s an intensely safe place for patients particularly women. The only difference from residential rehab is that the patient is free to return home in the evenings instead of sleeping at the recovery center.

professional, and personal obligations.

Here are some effective outpatient treatment methods for women with addiction. For example:

  • Education sessions
  • Conversational therapy
  • Group counseling
  • Medication-assisted treatment

Other therapeutic techniques used for outpatient treatment for women are as follows:

  • Motivational enhancement therapy boosts your confidence and uplifts your motivation to bring a positive change in your life.
  • Contingency management delivers little rewards to encourage patients to the desired behavior.
  • Cognitive behavior therapy teaches you to avoid harmful ways of thinking. CBT also enables you to learn coping skills, shun triggers, and handle high-risk situations that will help you avoid relapse.

What Are the Benefits of Outpatient Treatment for Women?

Let’s walk into some of the benefits of outpatient treatment for women.

This type of treatment carries a host of benefits for those women who want to make lifelong strides and get to long term recovery.  Other unique benefits include:

  • It’s flexible to offering flexibility, it’s a highly desirable care scheme.
  • The staff provide you with daily tools and skills to help you continue to manage your daily life tasks while learning about substance use and how to gain recovery skills.
  • You can still work, go to school and care for your family while working on your self-care.
  • If you’re dealing with a mild alcohol use disorder or new or short-term substance, use problems, outpatient will meet you where you are at and help you address these issues.
  • Most programs take Medi-Cal are affordable and have sliding scale fees.



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