Advantages of non-residential drug treatment centers

Many people associate drug rehab with residential treatment. Images of remote facilities in bucolic settings where individuals go to live and immerse themselves in their recovery are what come to mind for most people when asked about how people are treated for drug addiction

In actuality, just as many recovering addicts get help via non-residential drug treatment centers as they do at residential facilities.  In fact, there are several distinct advantages to these “outpatient” programs that can give individuals a better chance of achieving success there.

What is a non-residential drug treatment center?

A program in which the individual attends detox, counseling and other rehab-related programs during the day, and then returns to their home, or a sober living facility in the evening.

What types of problems are treated at non-residential drug treatment centers?

Any number of different substance abuse problems can be effectively treated at outpatient drug treatment centers, including:

  • Cocaine addiction
  • Heroin addiction
  • Marijuana addiction
  • Crystal meth addiction
  • Prescription drug addiction
  • Dual diagnosis (individuals who have co-occurring mental illness and drug addiction)

Advantages of non-residential drug treatment centers

  1. Access to family and friends.  Many individuals gain strength from their family and friends in times of crisis.  Non-residential drug treatment centers provide an opportunity for people to reach out to their support networks at the end of every treatment day.
  2. Ability to stay in school or at work.  While non-residential drug treatment programs do take up a significant part of the individual’s day, there is still an opportunity to maintain a presence at work or school if the person’s treatment schedule permits.  A residential drug treatment programs offers no such option, since individuals are required to stay overnight at the facility for weeks or months at a time.
  3. More convenient locations.  While there are exceptions to the rule, most residential alcohol and drug rehab facilities are most commonly located in remote locations.  Non-residential treatment facilities on the other hand can be found in more populated areas, and are generally closer to home, work, school or public transportation.
  4. A chance to benefit from sober living.  Many individuals who take part in non-residential drug treatment programs choose to stay at a sober living facility during their rehab.  Sober living provides these individuals with a chance to rebuild self-reliance and gain support from other recovering addicts who are going through similar circumstances.

Who should enter a non-residential drug treatment center?

Drug rehab in general, and non-residential programs specifically, are the ideal solution for any individual who have seen their lives tumble into chaos as a result of drug addiction.  When an individual has admitted that they have a drug problem, and is motivated to enact real change in their lives, a drug treatment center is there to help.

Moonview Sanctuary is a non-residential drug treatment center that focuses on the complete recovery of the individual. And “complete” is not a term taken lightly at Moonview – where the mind, body and spirit of the recovering addict al receive equal attention.  Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information about the addiction treatment programs.




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