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Types of Outpatient Rehab: Difference One Should Know

Have you ever considered outpatient rehab for yourself or someone you care about? It’s a great option for folks who want to overcome addiction while still managing work, family, and other commitments.

Here’s the thing: outpatient rehab isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal. There are actually three main types, each with its own intensity and schedule. In this blog, I’ll break down these options – Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs), Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs), and General Outpatient Programs (GOPs) – so you can find the best fit for your recovery journey. Let’s dive in!

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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

That is the most intense type of outpatient rehab from my perspective as an expert. You go to sessions for 4 to 6 hours a day, 5 to 7 days a week. 

PHP provides high-quality medical and mental health care, one-on-one and group therapy, individual therapy, medication control, and ways to avoid relapse. 

PHP is for you who need close supervision and close tracking but don’t need care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A few years back, researchers of SAMHSA & N-MHSS found 1,901 US facilities that provided fewer than 24-hour partial hospitalization therapy. 

Outpatient alcohol rehab is an excellent way to beat addiction while living normally. But the client needs to maintain commitment, duty, and self-discipline. 

Rehabs like Evoke Wellness, Oakville recovery center, transformations mending fences, and recovery first treatment center are well known for serving up-to-date PHP facilities. 

Visit for online assessment – evoke wellness.

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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

That is a step down from PHP. You go to classes for 3 to 4 hours a day, 3 to 5 days a week. IOP gives the same services as PHP, but they happen less often and in less depth. IOP is for patients who have finished PHP or inpatient rehab or who have a moderate addiction but can handle daily duties. 

When I researched, I found according to the N-SSATS, 46% of US substance abuse treatment institutions offer IOP. My client Jimmy received this program that made his journey easy while recovering from addiction.

General Outpatient Program (GOP)

That is the least intense type of outpatient alcohol rehab. You go to sessions for 1 to 2 hours a day, 1 to 3 days a week. GOP’s primary services are individual and group therapy, teaching, and support. 

GOP is for those who have finished IOP or PHP or have a weak addiction and need to keep up with treatment.

I remembered my client Aurora, she received outpatient rehab with my guidance. And after successfully completing the treatment, she asked for a support group to be sober. 

And she managed to join a group and she inspired a number of patients of mine toward recovery.

Rehab is essential when you are addicted, whether it’s inpatient or outpatient. In outpatient rehab, you must have several balances with your treatment and personal life. 

Also, depending on your needs, the severity of addiction and the type of outpatient rehab may change. Get a brief idea from this blog which you prefer. But don’t forget to consult with an expert first.

Tony McKenzie

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