Due to our intense dedication to cutting-edge therapeutic techniques and use of the most proven treatment methods, each of the programs offered at Malvern Institute has been considered among the top recovery programs available, both in Pennsylvania and nationwide. The same goes for our general outpatient program, which is the most versatile and flexible of all our programs. Although we encourage its use as part of the Malvern 90-Day Model, there may be some individuals for whom the general outpatient program is sufficient for a successful recovery. Whether you’re looking for treatment options for yourself or a loved one, take a moment to learn more about general outpatient care at Malvern Institute.
What is a Outpatient Program
For the most part, addiction treatment falls into one of two categories: Inpatient or outpatient. Whereas the former is the most intensive form of treatment and requires a patient to take temporary residency in the treatment facility for the duration of the program, outpatient treatment is considered the more accessible and flexible form of treatment, often making it the preferred choice of first-timers who have not yet attempted recovery. Alternately, a general outpatient program can be used as a form of aftercare or follow-up treatment to commence upon completing a residential, inpatient, or even something like a partial hospitalization program.
Due to the fact that a general outpatient program doesn’t require residency during treatment, you might expect for such a program to offer a much less intensive curriculum than inpatient treatment, which is, in fact, the case. While those in inpatient treatment participate in several hours of treatment on most days, patients in outpatient programs continue to live at home and commute to their treatment centers, meaning they will often receive fewer hours of treatment on fewer days each week. But there are some benefits to outpatient treatments, making them a popular choice for individuals with certain recovery needs. As well, there are actually a few different types of outpatient programs beyond general outpatient treatment, broadening their appeal to individuals who are in need of flexibility in their addiction treatment.
There are some key differences between a general outpatient program and its cousins, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient. One of the main differences is in the number of clinical hours that patients receive with general outpatient care offering the least amount of clinical time. In fact, most patients in general outpatient treatment receive an average of five hours of clinical treatment each week, which mainly consists of individual counseling sessions and recovery groups. Since patients spend much less time receiving treatment and being on-campus, they receive much less professional support; this hands-off approach gives individuals a level of freedom and essentially allows them to practice their sobriety before assuming total responsibility for sustaining their sobriety indefinitely. In a sense, general outpatient treatment is like riding a bike with training wheels, which is all that stands between being in active recovery and effectively
Benefits of Outpatient Care
As you’d probably expect, a general outpatient treatment is the least structured type of program, which means that it tends to be most beneficial for individuals who have very particular restrictions or are in very unusual circumstances. For instance, if budget is a particular constraint, the general outpatient program that’s offered at Malvern Institute tends to cost less than something like our residential inpatient treatment; naturally, this would be an important consideration if you’re paying for treatment out of your own pocket. Moreover, for individuals who have an inflexible employment schedule or familial obligations that prevent residential inpatient treatments from being a viable option, general outpatient treatment offers much more flexibility, allowing patients to schedule their alcohol and drug addiction treatments around their existing responsibilities. With general outpatient treatment programs, patients are also afforded more privacy in treatment due to not having to explain an extended absence to family members, friends, and perhaps most importantly, to coworkers and colleagues.
The general outpatient program at Malvern Institute has been structured in such a way that patients can continue to receive professional support, psychoeducation, and high-quality clinical care while they continue to rebuild their lives around recovery and get reacclimated to work, school, relationships, and other areas of life. In a sense, this form of treatment affords patients a period of time in which to practice being sober and maintaining a lifestyle that’s built around recovery. This is important because it helps them to grow more comfortable with and confident in their ability to maintain sobriety on their own by employing the skills and strategies acquired over the course of treatment. Another way to look at it would be to consider general outpatient care as a way for patients to transition from the bubble of safety represented by active treatment to a life of accountability and sustained recovery.
General Outpatient Care at Malvern Institute
Although most general outpatient programs share certain key features, the general outpatient program offered at Malvern Institute is on a different level than others in the Philadelphia area, the state of Pennsylvania, and even nationwide. In developing our general outpatient program, our goal was to offer each patient an optimal productive experience in which grow in recovery. As such, we have taken the same individualized approach with the general outpatient program as we have with our detoxification, residential inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs. In short, no two patients in our general outpatient program have the same treatment plan, curriculum, or even the same experience. To maximize the efficacy of the care we provide, we work with each patient to completely customize the experience, giving him or her all the tools needed to thrive in recovery.
Ever since we first opened our doors in 1948, we have remained dedicated to the use of cutting-edge, evidence-based treatments and therapeutic techniques. Over the past 70 years of providing this high-quality care, we have had the privilege of witnessing the positive effects that our methodology has had on our patients and their successes in recovery.
If you’d like to learn more about general outpatient treatment at Malvern Institute, or for answers to any other questions you may have, please call us anytime at 610.MALVERN (610.625.8376).