For those considering addiction recovery services, the idea of inpatient rehab might seem intimidating. While the benefits are many, a 12-month residential recovery program may not be for everyone. Personal responsibilities, fear of what others will think and program costs are a few factors that keep people from committing to long-term residential treatment.

Outpatient recovery services are a practical alternative when inpatient addiction treatment feels out of reach. Outpatient programs can also provide continued support for those transitioning out of a residential program.

Benefits of Outpatient Recovery

One of the most significant benefits of outpatient rehab is flexibility. Participants can continue to work, attend school or care for their children while receiving life-changing counseling and support. Outpatient services are compatible with almost any schedule and lifestyle.

Outpatient recovery programs are also more affordable than their residential counterparts. At Big Fish Ministries, we are committed to keeping costs low. Our outpatient recovery services are just $50 per week, for a total of $400 for eight weeks of treatment.

For anyone who has completed a residential addiction recovery program, outpatient services are an ideal next step. Ongoing encouragement and accountability increase one’s chances of remaining sober and help prevent relapse.

Relapse Prevention

Relapse is simply defined as the return to substance abuse after being drug- or alcohol-free. Relapse does not indicate failure; rather it signifies the need for additional and/or different methods of treatment. Common triggers that often lead to relapse include depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, withdrawal symptoms and peer pressure. Participation in an outpatient program helps newly sober individuals build on what they learned during inpatient therapy while providing a community of support.

Peer-to-Peer Support

Human beings are designed for relationships. Nothing is more fulfilling than living a life surrounded by people who love you and understand you. Being part of a community—a tribe—makes difficult times more manageable and challenges easier to overcome.

Many studies have documented the benefits of peer-to-peer support in addiction recovery. The Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation journal published an in-depth analysis of nine studies that affirm peer support as an effective component of treatment. When someone further along in their recovery journey shares their struggles and victories, they bring hope to others who might feel like giving up. Hearing real-life success stories inspires people to keep going and creates a sense of camaraderie and belonging with others who have walked in their shoes.

Our outpatient program offers both individual counseling sessions and peer-led support. Group counseling sessions are held on Monday nights at 5 p.m. These meetings are open to Big Fish Ministries alumni as well as current outpatient clients.

If you are ready to take your first step toward freedom from addiction, apply to our outpatient recovery program today!

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