Outpatient Drug & Alcohol Treatment

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About Our Outpatient Rehab Programs

Outpatient Drug & Alcohol Treatment & Recovery

River Oaks is one of the region’s premiere rehab facilities for treating addiction in Florida. Located in the Tampa metro area, our facility provides a supportive environment with different levels of care and personalized treatment plans designed to meet the individual needs of each patient.

What Is Outpatient Rehab?

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Outpatient rehab is a type of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in which patients attend a program during the day while continuing to live and fulfill other obligations at home.1

Outpatient addiction treatment may be ideal for people who don’t have serious co-occurring disorders that would require 24-hour supervision and for those who either don’t need medical detox or have completed it already.


Depending on the patient’s individual needs and the facility’s offerings, outpatient drug and alcohol rehab programs may serve as an entry point into treatment or as a step-down from a more intensive level of care.

The goal of outpatient rehab and other levels of care is to change negative thoughts and behaviors that can lead to substance use and addiction. Program sessions will vary in format and topic and often involve group and individual therapy.

Sessions also usually focus on developing new and healthier coping skills, setting boundaries in relationships, educating participants about the disease of addiction, relapse prevention, and much more.

Evidence-based therapies and other complementary approaches used in outpatient treatment may include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
  • Motivational interviewing.
  • Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT).
  • Pain and anger management.
  • Mindfulness and yoga.
  • Family therapy.

Types of Outpatient Treatment Programs

There are different types of outpatient treatment programs, ranging in intensity and structure. Patients should work with their doctors and treatment teams to determine the most appropriate level of care for them.

Types of outpatient treatment programs include:2

  • Partial hospitalization: A partial hospitalization program (PHP), or “day treatment,” is the most intensive level of outpatient care, typically involving more than 20 hours of programming per week. PHP curriculums are often similar to those in inpatient or residential treatment but offered with the added flexibility of allowing the participant to live at home rather than stay at the facility.
  • Intensive outpatient: An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is less structured than a PHP but still entails at least 9 hours of programming per week. These sessions may be held during the day, before or after school or work, or even on the weekends.
  • Standard outpatient: Standard outpatient services are the least intensive level of outpatient care, usually involving less than 9 hours of programming per week. These sessions can take place in a variety of settings and at different times during the week.

Patients may “step down” through the various levels of outpatient addiction treatment as their needs evolve along the recovery process. Patients may also find that they need to “step up” to a more intensive level of care depending on their treatment progression.

What Is the Difference Between Inpatient & Outpatient Rehab?

The main difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab is the time commitment, as well as the option to stay at the facility (inpatient) or live at home or in a sober living residence (outpatient).

Cost can be another differentiating factor. Because outpatient treatment does not involve room and board, it is typically less expensive than inpatient treatment. However, costs can vary greatly from one place to another, depending on location, insurance coverage, and more.

At River Oaks, we understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment, and what works well for one patient might not work as well for another.

Some people may benefit from the structure, full engagement, and around-the-clock support provided by a residential treatment program, like our inpatient rehab near Tampa. Others may choose or require the flexibility of an outpatient program, so they can continue to meet responsibilities outside of rehab, such as work, school, or family obligations.

Benefits of Outpatient Rehab

For the right person, the potential benefits of outpatient rehab can include:

  • Increased flexibility.
  • More time to fulfill obligations outside of treatment (e.g., work, school, childcare).
  • The option to live at home or somewhere other than the facility.
  • Continued care for patients stepping down from an inpatient or residential treatment program.
  • Access to more intensive levels of care, if appropriate.

How Long Does Outpatient Rehab Last?

The length of outpatient rehab will vary depending on a patient’s individual needs and other factors. Some options include:

Paying for Outpatient Rehab

There are different ways to pay for outpatient rehab, with or without using insurance. To learn more about handling the cost of rehab, call us at today.

Using Insurance to Pay for Outpatient Rehab

Using insurance to pay for rehab can help make the cost of addiction treatment more affordable. Depending on the specific plan and other details, coverage may include outpatient treatment, as well as inpatient or residential treatment, addiction treatment medications, and more.

The exact amount of coverage will vary based on whether the facility is in-network with the insurance carrier. It is generally less expensive to choose a rehab that is in-network with your insurance plan.

At River Oaks, we are in-network with many major carriers, including:

  • Aetna.
  • Ambetter.
  • BCBS of Florida (New Directions).
  • Optum/UHC.
  • Employer Health Network (EHN).
  • First Health.
  • Humana.

To learn more about your insurance coverage and check your benefits, fill out this simple and secure .

Other Ways to Pay for Outpatient Treatment

If you do not have health insurance or lack sufficient coverage, there are other ways to pay for outpatient addiction treatment. These include financing plans, credit cards, and cash payments.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment at River Oaks

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If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, we are here to help. Our outpatient rehab near Tampa offers different types of outpatient treatment, including:

  • Partial hospitalization programs (PHP).
  • Intensive outpatient programs (IOP).

At River Oaks, we also offer a virtual community IOP program. Sessions are held online Monday through Friday from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. To learn more about telehealth and other evidence-based outpatient treatment options provided at our facility, call us at .

Starting Outpatient Treatment

It’s easy to get admitted and start treatment at our outpatient drug and alcohol rehab in the Tampa metro area.

At River Oaks, our caring and knowledgeable admissions navigators are available around the clock to discuss your treatment options, answer any questions, and walk you through the admissions process.

Help is just a phone call away. Call us to begin the path to recovery today.

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