Outpatient Treatment a More Complete Rehab Option than Meetings

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW


Although group meetings and therapy sessions are often conducted for people going through outpatient treatment in our South Florida rehab center, they are only a portion of the services received in outpatient care. That being said, outpatient treatment is a more complete rehab program when compared to just social group meetings or 12 step programs.


How Outpatient Treatment Works

In South Florida, outpatient treatment works a lot like inpatient treatment with one major caveat – whenever you have free time, which is just any time that you do not have an appointment or scheduled gathering that you are supposed to attend, you have the option of going home (or anywhere else outside of the rehab center that you might need to go to like work or school).

Likewise, outpatient treatment will also mean that you can sleep in your own bed at night, which is often the preferable choice for rehab patients who have small children that need to be taken care of (or would be missed terribly) and those who live “paycheck to paycheck” since missing work could literally mean losing their home or not being able to afford food or gas for a week.


How to Get into an Outpatient Rehab Program

Getting into an outpatient rehab program is probably a lot easier than you think. All you need to do is give First Step a call at 800-319-6126 and set up a time for you to come in. When there you will fill out some paperwork, be evaluated, and choose a way to pay for rehab. Once admitted, you will work out a good schedule for your rehab services, and treatment will continue from there.

If they find that your addiction warrants on-site detox or an inpatient rehab program, the staff will highly recommend that you do so. However, the choice will still be ultimately yours and you may still choose to go into outpatient treatment in our South Florida rehab center.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.