Outpatient rehab is a form of alcohol or drug rehabilitation that allows clients to live at home (or in another safe and therapeutic environment, such as sober living) while still working or going to school. In outpatient rehab, clients typically visit a treatment center, hospital, mental health clinic, or behavioral counselor on a regular basis during specific hours and days of the week. Some outpatient rehab programs offer evening and weekend sessions, making it easier for clients to balance treatment needs with personal, family and professional responsibilities or obligations.


Addiction rehab treatment, regardless of whether delivered as inpatient or outpatient, takes into account an individual’s specific needs. Outpatient treatment may consist of several therapeutic interventions and support services, including group and individual counseling, family therapy, education sessions, occupational or recreational therapy, psychotherapy, family therapy, medication-assisted treatment, and other treatment services. Therapies are selected and scheduled based on program availability and the clients’ needs.

This type of program is designed to help clients focus on achieving changes in behaviors associated with substance use. There are minimal, if any, medical services offered in this level of care (although standard outpatient programs typically link clients to more intensive services as needed). Treatment consists of fewer than 9 hours of treatment each week.