Outpatient rehabilitation is a rehab where individuals have to check into clinics for therapy and visits rather than staying at a residential facility or inpatient rehabilitation centre.

The treatment can consist of taking part in sessions that focus on education, individual therapy, group counselling and advice around tools that can promote coping mechanisms for those dealing with addiction.

Outpatient Rehabilitation can be suitable for those individuals who are suffering with a mild addiction or those that may have relapsed but have a strong connection with fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. It can also be a solution for those who have commitments such as work or family, have a lack of funds for residential rehabilitation/ inpatient rehabilitation or those who are seeking additional support to prevent relapse.

This can be part of a longer-term treatment programme and can be combined with other treatments such as a home detox.

Due to technology and the ability to connect and interact via computer some outpatient clinics provide a purely online approach which may include online therapy.

This type of rehab can last anywhere between 3 to 6 months or even over a year in some cases and aftercare is often included.


Outpatient rehabilitation is less intense than residential or inpatient rehab. Although it does offer a variety of treatments and therapies for the individual to follow to help to combat the addiction.

This type of rehab offers appropriate treatment, professional help and support throughout the process as well as setting goals and treatment objectives. However it is important to understand that this type of treatment may not be suitable for everyone as it relies on the individuals engagement and attendance, which can be challenging when it is not a residential controlled environment.

Outpatient rehabilitation may require the individual to attend a treatment centre, hospital, clinic or therapist/counsellor on a regular basis tailored to the individuals’ specific needs.

Some outpatient programmes offer day (ofter referred to as Dayhab), evening and/or weekend sessions which may be an option for someone who is still managing their addiction with their daily lives. For example, work, family and personal responsibilities.

There are different levels of outpatient rehab and our Treatment Advisors are able to tailor a treatment plan that is bespoke to the individuals circumstance and requirements. To find out more information please contact our specialist team for a free assessment.