What is Outpatient Treatment?
Outpatient treatment comes in a variety of forms. During an outpatient treatment program, the patient lives at home while receiving drug and alcohol addiction therapy and rehabilitation activities. The partially hospitalized patients require ongoing medical monitoring and can benefit from partial hospitalization programs since they allow for closer monitoring.
Outpatient treatment in mental health or medical care is generally characterized as care that does not need more than 24 hours of hospitalization. Under some conditions, patients who spend overnights in the hospital but are discharged home within 24 hours may be receiving outpatient treatment.