Did you know that San Diego County suffered 15% of all of the opioid overdose deaths in California in 2017?

This tragic statistic highlights the pressing need for effective treatment. For many people struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin, their first option is outpatient drug rehab. In fact, research has shown that many Outpatient Programs are just as effective as more expensive residential facilities.

But that being said, how can you tell if an Outpatient Rehab is the right choice to help you recover?

Here are some practical tips to help you find the best opioid addiction outpatient program.

The Best Outpatient Rehabs Are Accredited

This is the first thing you should look for in an opioid rehab – accreditation by a recognized third-party. In the addiction recovery community, one of the top accreditation bodies is the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, or CARF.

Accreditation means that the facility is adhering to the highest nationally-established standards of care.

 The Best Outpatient Rehabs Are Evidenced-Based

Substance Use Disorders are a medically-recognized disease of the brain. As such, there are specific protocols that should be used by the program during treatment. To ensure the best chances for successful recovery, the top outpatient programs employ treatment strategies that are supported by scientific evidence – statistics, peer-reviewed data, clinical trials, etc.

The Best Outpatient Rehabs Provide Individualized Treatment

Opioid addiction manifests differently in every person. This means that in order to be effective, the treatment plan has to be tailored to the individual. And for THAT to happen, the outpatient rehab program has to offer multiple treatment options and services, rather than a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

Because opioid addiction is a disease with many causal factors, treatment should focus on multiple levels:

  • Educational – learning more about substance use disorders, SUD
  • Physical – starting with a medical assessment
  • Psychological – to include both psychological testing, individual and group counseling
  • Emotional – with services for any co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.
  • Nutritional – stressing the importance of eating right during recovery
  • Pharmacological – the proper use of FDA-approved anti-addiction medications
  • Social – including family and couples counseling
  • Practical – relapse prevention and responses
  • Holistic – the use of approved alternative therapies that support recovery – yoga, massage, acupuncture, art/poetry therapy, etc.

The Best IOPs Are Comprehensive and Integrated

Outpatient opioid recovery is best served when it is comprehensive – all of the needed services are included in the treatment program. For example, in the case of co-occurring illnesses, each disorder is addressed simultaneously as the primary condition.

Treatment also needs to be integrated – providers are all working cooperatively under the umbrella of a shared recovery philosophy. Besides the patient, the team may include:

  • Therapist/Psychiatrist/Psychologist (mental health)
  • Substance Abuse Counselor (addiction)
  • Medical Professional (medical doctor, psychiatrist, etc.)
  • Family/Couples Therapist
  • Certified Nutritionist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Spouse or Partner, Family Members, Close Friends
  • Social Worker/Career guidance counselor

The Best Outpatient Programs Offer Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT, is the use of FDA-approved drugs to reduce cravings, ease withdrawal symptoms, and reduce the likelihood of relapse. When these medications are used in combination with psychosocial counseling, up to 70% of patients are able to remain drug-free for at least a year.

As Dr. Carla Marienfeld, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, says, of MAT, “People are able to stop illicit use. Their risk for overdose goes down, their risk of health-associated complications from their substance use goes down. They’re much more likely to return to work, to return to normal life and have less criminal activity. So there’s a number of benefits to the medications.

For opioid addiction, MAT drugs may include:

  • Buprenorphine (Subutex)
  • Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone)
  • Methadone (Methadose)
  • Naltrexone (ReVia, Vivitrol)

The Best Outpatient Rehabs are Flexible

One of the chief advantages to outpatient opioid rehab is the opportunity to remain at home during treatment. After stabilizing through detox if necessary, and initial medical and psychiatric stabilization, most patients can get the help and support they need while still holding a job, or attending school, and spending time with their families.

But that advantage is negated if the rehab schedule does not fit with other life commitments such as a work or school schedule or childcare.

That’s why top Outpatient Rehabs are accommodating, offering multiple options that are sure to fit most people’s needs:

  • Morning or Evening Sessions
  • Different levels of intensity, ranging from 3 to 5 days of treatment per week
  • Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment

This flexibility removes what for many is a major treatment barrier.

The Best Outpatient Rehabs are Reputable and Affordable

Because so many Americans struggle with SUD, and research shows that only 1 in 10 people get treatment for their substance use disorders, the need for effective, evidence based addiction recovery is only expected to grow. The ongoing opioid epidemic continues to highlight the need for effective treatment options.

The good news is that the current federal law requires all insurance carriers to provide coverage for addictive disorders and mental health. This makes treatment available to more Americans than ever before.

The best news is that Lasting Recovery is In-Network with more than 14 insurance companies, meaning that your costs will be the lowest for the deductible and co-payments and some plans cover 100% of all costs.

But the bad news is there are now a growing number of unscrupulous so-called treatment programs that are only driven by profit, instead of but what is best for their patients.

Part of the problem is a lack of oversight. For example, in the state of California, there are almost 2000 rehab programs. However, there are only 16 inspectors statewide.

More than ever before, a program’s established reputation is of paramount importance.

So how does one go about checking an outpatient rehab’s reputation and history?

  • Accreditation
  • State-issued certification for individual service providers
  • Online patient reviews
  • Testimonials

How Does Lasting Recovery Measure Up?

Let’s take a look at how one of the premier outpatient rehabs in San Diego –Lasting Recovery – compares:

  • CARF Accreditation – In fact, Lasting Recovery has been granted multiple three-year accreditations, the highest level that can be awarded.
  • Evidenced-Based Care – The treatment options offered by Lasting Recovery are all grounded in empirical scientific evidence.
  • Individualized Treatment – Incoming clients are first assessed for need by qualified medical specialists. Recovery plans are tailored to the individual and may include several different treatment services.
  • Comprehensive and Integrated Treatment – Lasting Recovery offers outpatient services, including treatment for any co-occurring mental illnesses. Additionally, the treatment team works cooperatively as a cohesive unit to ensure the success of each patient.
  • Flexibility – To make treatment available to the highest number of clients, Lasting Recovery has several different plans available, including:
  • Morning or evening sessions
  • 9, 12, or 15-hour weekly IOPs, meeting 3,4, or 5 days a week, 3 hours each day
  • Partial Hospitalization or 30 hours, 5 days a week, 6 hours each day
  • Reputable – Named as one of the “Top Three” highest-rated rehab programs in San Diego, Lasting Recovery enjoys an excellent reputation throughout Southern California. Importantly, each member of the treatment team holds special certification and/or licensing to offer clinical services. In addition, Lasting Recovery’s educational blog has been recognized as one of the top addiction blogs on the Internet.

For testimonials from actual clients, click here.

What Does All of This Mean for You?

If you live in the San Diego area and you need outpatient opioid recovery services, you have an abundance of choices. Lasting Recovery goes above and beyond by providing services that focus on your “total wellness”.

Lasting Recovery helps you regain more than just your sobriety – you also get back the stability, sanity, and serenity that was stolen by your disease of addiction. If you are ready to take the first step on your sober journey, contact Lasting Recovery TODAY to get the help and support you need. You can speak confidentially to an intake specialist, receive an initial assessment, verify your insurance, and discuss your best options.

Lasting Recovery—“Where Wellness Begins…”