Addiction affects each person suffering from it differently. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for addiction treatment. There is not a single form of treatment that would work for every individual who is suffering from alcohol or drug addiction. California pet friendly drug rehab is happy to offer many different kinds of addiction treatment so that every one of their client’s unique requirements can be met. In general, outpatient rehabilitation is considered most effective for clients when it is preceded by a successfully completed inpatient detox and treatment program. This is simply a recommendation and is not always a requirement. Clients will undergo an assessment when they decide to enter a treatment facility. Sometimes the initial assessment will allow clients to begin treatment by enrolling directly into an outpatient program. Typically the first type of addiction treatment that comes to mind is usually inpatient residential addiction treatment programs. Many people believe these types of treatment programs are the most effective due to the intensity and duration of them. This is simply not true. Many individuals who participate in a strictly inpatient program are in a hospital like setting under 24 hour surveillance. The residential addiction treatment programs are a little less intense, but still provide 24 hour assistance and require the patient to live in a monitored home environment. And although many experts have suggested that outpatient programs aren’t as effective as inpatient treatment, there are many outpatient programs that are designed to offer individual residential-level treatments with the flexibility and personalized aspects of a traditional outpatient program.

There are people struggling with addiction that are in need of treatment but have prior obligations and responsibilities that make them unable to attend a live in program. There could also be financial constraints that are affecting one’s ability to be able to afford inpatient residential treatment. Inpatient residential treatment is considerably more expensive then outpatient addiction treatment. Inpatient residential typically requires clients to live in the treatment facility for the duration of their program. Which can range anywhere from 30 to 90 days. Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs are flexible in nature with scheduling aspects such as allowing for different; days of the week, class times and program durations. This allows a client the ability to maintain a daily schedule and be able to take care of prior commitments and obligations. This makes outpatient or even intensive outpatient addiction treatment a great option for those individuals who have obligations such as being parents or caretakers for relatives, having a job with an inflexible employment schedule, and other such restraints on availability. However, it is recommended that clients attending an outpatient addiction treatment program have successfully completed detox.

Although the typical outpatient addiction treatment program may not provide as much support as an inpatient residential program, it provides more support and guidance then a weekly rehab counseling session, or just attending weekly meetings. A typical schedule for an outpatient addiction treatment program consists of attending multiple weekly sessions and spending a pre-determined amount of time at the facility each week. At California Pet Friendly Drug Rehab, your outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation will include one-on-one counseling, family outreach, group therapy, 12-step integration, and exit planning. While completing the outpatient program, clients will develop a cooperative plan to accomplish something with their pet. Once the program is completed the long-term aftercare begins as a continuation to a new sober lifestyle.

Many outpatient addiction treatment programs incorporate much of the same group and individual therapy sessions that are part of a residential inpatient program. The only difference is the patient attends these meetings on an outpatient basis. This means that the client would live outside of the facility where the meetings were taking place. They would then come to the facility each day to attend treatment. Just as inpatient residential programs require, clients participating in outpatient programs attend individual and group counseling, focused educational sessions, skills groups, and self-help participation. Clients also have access to alternative addiction therapies as well. Many outpatient programs provide multiple day or evening sessions that are offered at different times throughout the week. Clients are then able to choose which session times would best fit their schedule. It is very important for clients to have family support and involvement during their rehabilitation process. It helps to keep clients focused and in the positive mindset, not to mention being surrounded by love and support. The main goal of outpatient treatment, as with any addiction treatment program, is to prepare the client for re-entry into society as someone who is no longer afflicted with addiction. The hope is to do this transition as seamless as possible so as not to cause any additional stress in the client’s life.

There is another tier of outpatient addiction treatment called intensive outpatient addiction treatment. This level of outpatient treatment falls somewhere in between residential treatment and traditional outpatient addiction treatment. Many treatment centers are striving to provide clients with a level of addiction treatment comparable to a residential program but can be attended by someone who needs the outpatient program flexibility because of their schedule. They do this by incorporating many of the same group and individual sessions that are offered as part of inpatient residential programs, but on an outpatient basis. These programs are called intensive outpatient programs (IOP). They usually require a bigger time commitment on the client’s part, but still not as much as a residential program would demand. Clients also have access to more treatment modalities and alternative therapy methods while participating in an IOP.

IOP allows individuals to receive the highest quality and most intensive treatment possible all while being able to live outside of the facility and fulfill prior obligations and responsibilities. Clients participating in IOP will receive a personalized treatment plan that will be drafted upon intake at the facility. This plan will lay out a unique combination of therapies and groups that will be of most benefit to the individual client. These plans consist of individual psychotherapy, group treatment, skills-building sessions, and the opportunity to participate in many of our constructive and recreational activities. Intensive outpatient programs are focused on providing a comprehensive and multi-dimensional approach to treating addiction. Clients will receive an education that promotes sustained recovery, with an emphasis on counseling, and lessons on self-help and coping. They also encourage clients’ families to participate in the family sessions and counseling. This helps to foster understanding and constructive communication in each family unit.

“The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude”


Detoxification is the first step in overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Detox is a critical and urgent medical need.


In many cases, the presence of an animal at the treatment facility provides a sense of normalcy and creates a "home-like" environment.


Outpatient rehab is most effective as the next component of treatment for clients who have completed an inpatient program.


Sober Living provides a stable, safe, and alcohol and drug free living situation conducive to sustaining abstinence.


Aftercare programs are an essential part of alcohol or drug treatment to increase success for staying sober.


More often times than not, an individual who is struggling with substance abuse addiction is also battling a mental health condition.

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