Many Orlando patients with a substance use disorder begin with an inpatient program, but afterward, most transition to an outpatient program to receive ongoing care.

When seeking drug treatment services in the Orlando area, outpatient treatment is a popular choice. If a patient chooses outpatient programming, they can complete their required treatment hours and activities during the day, then return home. If their home is not considered a safe environment for recovery, they may live at a sober living facility instead. People in outpatient treatment can continue working, going to school and attending other social obligations without sacrificing their health or privacy.

What Does Outpatient Alcohol & Drug Rehab Include?

There are a handful of components involved in an Orlando outpatient program:

  • Mobility: Patients can maintain their commitments to family and work, and meet any other personal obligations at their discretion during non-treatment hours.
  • Privacy: Since outpatient care allows a person to remain at home and continue to work, patients likely won’t need to disclose to others that they are in treatment.
  • Self-monitoring: Being out in the world during non-treatment hours requires patients to avoid drug use triggers, including paraphernalia, people who use and places where drugs were used. 
  • Collective support: Patients are guided to pursue supportive services outside of treatment hours. Recovery groups include the alumni program at the Orlando Recovery Center or Orlando AA meetings.

Who Is Outpatient Programming For?

It is best to consult an addiction counselor to determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Outpatient treatment is appropriate for those with a substance use disorder but are otherwise in stable mental and physical health. These patients would not require intensive care and monitoring, and they have a stable home environment that is free of drug use and triggers. Outpatient programming may also be appropriate for those who have already completed inpatient programming and need to transition safely into a drug-free life.

Starting an Outpatient Program: Detox

Outpatient drug and alcohol rehab usually begins with a detoxification program. This type of treatment allows patients to stay as safe and comfortable as possible as the body rids itself of drugs and undergoes uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. 

Detox can occur at home or in a treatment facility under the care and supervision of medical staff. Detox at home without supervision, or “cold-turkey” detox, is never advisable. Withdrawal can be especially dangerous when drugs have severe and sometimes fatal side effects, including:

In a medical detox, supervising medical staff members may assist the withdrawal process by providing medications and medical care that reduce the symptoms’ severity. After completing detox, patients can transition to inpatient or outpatient services, where they receive ongoing psychological care. 

What To Expect in Outpatient Programming at the Orlando Recovery Center

Maintenance treatment

After detox, participants in an outpatient program will undergo different forms of rehab, which may include:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Group counseling
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Recovery groups
  • Family therapy
  • Complementary therapies

Psychotherapy is considered the cornerstone of substance abuse treatment, both at the individual and group level. In individual therapy, a qualified counselor takes a methodological approach to help the patient stop or reduce drug abuse, understand the origins of the drug abuse and environmental triggers, develop a sustainable recovery plan and build communication and social skills. This helps the patient have a better life experience overall.

Some of the most common psychotherapy methods that have proven effective in this area are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), contingency management and motivational enhancement therapy. When considering an outpatient program, patients and their loved ones can learn more about the methodologies used during psychotherapy sessions.

Group counseling usually occurs in addition to individual counseling. This form of treatment is effective in helping patients develop and sharpen communication and social skills as they interact with one another. In a group, members must exercise social etiquette, listening skills and patience. The combination of individual and group therapy provides an intensive form of treatment and can help prepare recovering individuals for successful drug-free lives.

Medication-assisted treatment

Each recovering person has a unique history of drug use. Depending on the type of drugs used, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) may be used to prevent a relapse or to block the drug’s effects if it is consumed after detox. Drugs used in MAT can also make withdrawal symptoms more manageable and reduce drug cravings.

MAT is often used for an opioid use disorder, including drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers. The FDA has approved three prescription drugs for use in medication-assisted opioid treatment: methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine. Although these drugs are available, it is important to note that not all outpatient programs provide MAT. Those who suffer from an opioid use disorder will need to inquire with the treating Orlando outpatient program to see if MAT is available.

An outpatient program that offers MAT can be beneficial, as these programs have been found to reduce illicit drug use, keep patients in treatment and reduce the risk of death.

Family therapy

Substance abuse is often called a family disease among addiction specialists. For this reason, outpatient programs may incorporate family therapy and educational elements into the treatment program. Family therapy can gather the resources and strength of the patient’s family to support the recovery process.

As the family heals and replaces old unhealthy patterns with new healthy ones, the individual with an addiction is less likely to relapse. In fact, research of family therapy interventions suggests that these methods should be routinely included in addiction treatment because of their effectiveness in reducing drug use.

An Orlando addiction program that offers family therapy allows the patient’s entire family unit to recover from the effects of addiction. Relatives of the individual with a substance use disorder can learn more about their unique condition, and develop the knowledge necessary to support their loved one.


Aftercare planning is a mainstay of effective addiction treatment, as it allows patients to receive ongoing support after successfully completing an outpatient program. Aftercare can entail different types of services, including sober living homes, periodic meetings with a drug counselor and psychotherapist, and ongoing attendance at group recovery meetings. The key is to have a sustainable plan in place after discharge from a structured treatment program, follow that plan, and modify it as necessary.

As NIDA reports, longer-lasting treatment tends to produce better outcomes for patients, so aftercare programs can be quite beneficial. Aftercare provides individuals in recovery with continued access to treatment that supports their ongoing sobriety.

Find an Outpatient Program Near You

If you’re in the Orlando area, there are outpatient programs available near you. Orlando Recovery Center offers a full continuum of care, beginning with a drug detox program that utilizes medications and professional care to keep you as comfortable as possible. After you complete detox, you may be ready to transition to our outpatient program. We also offer partial hospitalizationintensive outpatient care and residential care. In addition, we provide MAT and dual diagnosis treatment

Orlando Recovery Center’s experienced staff members offer outpatient treatment that uses scientifically proven methods. When our clients are not in a treatment session, they are invited to enjoy the peace and tranquility of our lakeside location, participate in outdoor recreation activities and utilize our resort-style amenities such as a pool and gyms.

Contact us today to speak to an admissions counselor at Orlando Recovery Center. Our team is available 24 hours a day to take your call for a free and confidential discussion of your situation.  

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