WHAT IS OUTPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT?

For some individuals who require addiction treatment, an intensive inpatient program simply isn’t conducive to their lifestyle or schedule.

Many people participating in rehab programs continue to live full lives and attend work or school while they undergo treatment. That’s why outpatient mental health treatment for drug and alcohol addiction exists — for those who have no choice but to recover while continuing about their regular schedule.

What Is Outpatient Mental Health Treatment?

At On Demand Counseling Services, our substance abuse treatment programs include several counseling techniques. We use medication-assisted treatment (MAT) along with one-on-one counseling, group counseling and behavioral therapy in the same manner that a standard inpatient treatment program does. However, we provide these services on a schedule that works best for our patients, allowing them to maintain a sense of normalcy as they continue working, attending school or taking care of their families.

What Does MAT Involve?

On Demand Counseling Services’ MAT program is administered by a team of physicians and supervised counselors. The program combines prescribed medications with mental health treatment to create a holistic approach to substance abuse recovery. Patients who are enrolled in a MAT program are provided with FDA-approved medications that help curb cravings for the substances they used prior to enrolling in treatment. In some cases, supplemental medications are provided to treat withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Aches and pains
  • Tremors and seizures

Of course, the specific symptoms that our patients experience depend on several factors, including the severity of their addiction and the substance(s) they’ve been using. Upon enrolling in an outpatient treatment program, patients undergo a comprehensive assessment to determine the best medications and counseling schedule to aid them in their recovery.

What Role Does Mental Health Treatment Play in a MAT Program?

Counseling and behavioral therapy are crucial to a successful recovery. The purpose of caring for mental health during a substance abuse treatment program is to identify and address the root cause of the patient’s addiction, helping them work through trigger points that have led them to drug or alcohol abuse in the first place.

In our Ohio MHAS-licensed program, certified counselors meet with patients on a regular schedule. In these sessions, patients discuss their concerns about their addiction, as well as their goals, their needs and the behaviors or triggers that may have led to their drug or alcohol addiction. In some cases, patients who are in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs are found to have co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety or a personality disorder. During one-on-one counseling, all aspects of mental health are discussed, including any disorders that may affect the patient’s recovery. In one-on-one counseling sessions, patients also learn the tools they need to cope with triggers and prevent relapse.

In a group therapy session, patients work alongside their peers to identify and overcome obstacles to their recovery. The group mentality provides additional support during a difficult process and can often help patients view their addiction in new ways while learning coping techniques they may not have otherwise discovered.

During a behavioral therapy session, patients learn to identify negative thoughts, false beliefs and insecurities that they experience — in particular, those that lead them to abuse drugs or alcohol. As they begin to recognize these thoughts, the counselor provides them with the tools they need to dismiss negativity and work through the triggers to their addiction. They’re also provided with techniques to improve their overall mood and effectively communicate with the people around them.

Who Are the Best Candidates for Outpatient Mental Health Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction?

Outpatient mental health treatment isn’t for everyone. When addiction is severe, inpatient programs may be the best option. For patients who have been through either inpatient or outpatient mental health treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in the past and are experiencing a relapse, outpatient counseling can be an excellent option. For those who continue to function relatively well in spite of their addiction and need to continue attending work or school or caring for their family at home, an outpatient treatment program can provide everything they need during the recovery process.

In some cases, patients who’ve successfully completed an inpatient addiction program may feel they require additional care as they transition back into their regular life. In these cases, an outpatient treatment program, such as On Demand Counseling Services’ MAT program, can provide the tools they need to successfully take on the responsibilities of everyday life while still caring for their mental health and recovery.

Does Health Insurance Cover Outpatient Mental Health Treatment?

Many insurance providers cover addiction treatment to some extent, covering either the total cost of treatment or only some parts of the program. To find out if your health insurance provider will cover the cost of your care, contact On Demand Counseling Services for insurance verification. We work a broad range of insurance providers, including:

  • Ohio Medicare and Medicaid
  • Molina
  • Paramount
  • Buckeye
  • CareSource
  • United Healthcare/Optum
  • Cigna
  • Medical Mutual
  • The Health Plan
  • Anthem
  • Aetna
  • Humana

If you or someone you love needs help to recover from a substance abuse addiction, contact On Demand Health Services to set up an appointment.

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