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Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services in Utah

Written by Drew Redd. Mina Draskovic, B.Psy., reviewed this content for accuracy.

Unlock the door to lasting freedom and recovery with our transformative outpatient treatment programs. At Ardu, we believe that healing should be accessible and empowering.

Our outpatient services are designed to provide personalized care and unwavering support on your journey to sobriety. Embrace a brighter future with our compassionate team by your side.

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If you or your loved ones are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, contact our drug and alcohol rehab center and we’ll help get you on the road to recovery.

What is Outpatient Treatment?

Outpatient treatment provides care for people with substance use disorders who do not require 24/7 supervision or inpatient detox and addiction treatment.

Outpatient programs provide addiction services and treatment while allowing you to live at home and remain in your community. Outpatient rehab offers an increased duration of care tailored to the patient’s needs, as well as the ability to practice new behaviors while remaining at home or in a sober living facility.

Benefits of Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehab offers many benefits that make it an attractive option for treating substance use disorders. The combination of affordability, flexibility, and sustained support makes outpatient addiction treatment an essential component in the continuum of addiction treatment services.

Lower Costs

One of the biggest benefits of outpatient treatment is the lower rehab cost compared to inpatient treatment programs. Outpatient care allows you to continue living at home instead of checking into a facility, so you eliminate room and board costs. Outpatient treatment is typically covered by more insurance plans as well. The lower price point makes rehab more accessible for many people.


Outpatient rehab offers much more flexibility than inpatient care. Patients can continue to work, go to school, and fulfill other responsibilities. Outpatient facilities allow patients to set their own schedules and attend sessions in the evenings or on weekends. This flexibility helps individuals maintain their regular routines.

Sober Environment

While remaining at home, patients in outpatient rehab can reside in a structured sober living home. These transitional houses provide a substance-free environment with peer support. Living in sober housing reinforces the lessons learned in outpatient treatment, as patients learn to avoid triggers and build community with others in recovery.

Continued Support

Outpatient rehab can serve as a stepping stone from inpatient treatment to regular life, offering an “in-between” level of care.  The continuing care and community of outpatient treatment help sustain recovery gains.

Types of Outpatient Treatment Programs

We offer different types of treatment, including partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, and standard outpatient programs.

Partial Hospitalization Program

Our partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) provide the most intensive level of outpatient care. Patients attend structured programming five to seven days a week for six to eight hours per day.

Our partial hospitalization programs involve individual therapy and group therapy, medication management, family counseling, and other services. This comprehensive care allows patients to transition from inpatient treatment back into the community.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

Intensive outpatient programs have emerged as a critical facet of 21st century addiction treatment for people who need a more intensive level of service than usual outpatient treatment, and they allow participants to avoid or step down successfully from inpatient services. (McCarty, et al.)

Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) consist of nine or more hours of clinical services each week. They are commonly used as a step-down from residential rehab or partial hospitalization programs. 

Services include group counseling, individual therapy, family therapy, and medication management. Intensive outpatient treatment at our drug and alcohol rehab aims to help you develop relapse prevention skills and coping strategies.

Standard Outpatient Treatment Programs

Standard outpatient treatment consists of one or two therapy sessions per week on an ongoing basis. These are ideal addiction treatments for people seeking low-need support, as they are less intensive than IOPs or PHPs. During these programs, our addiction specialists help maintain motivation and teach techniques to prevent relapse during long-term recovery.

To get the full benefits of outpatient treatment, you should attend treatment at an outpatient rehab facility 3 to 5 days per week for several hours each day.

The frequency of outpatient treatment depends on the severity of addiction and structure needed for recovery. If needed, you can attend day programs, a type of intensive outpatient full day treatments for addiction recovery that provides structure and support similar to inpatient rehab, while allowing the client to return home each evening.

How Long Does Outpatient Treatment Last?

Outpatient treatment typically lasts one to three months. It allows for a longer duration of care compared to inpatient rehab. The length of outpatient rehab depends on the patient’s needs and response to treatment.

What is Included in a Typical Day Treatment Plan?

A day of outpatient treatment includes group counseling, individual therapy, family therapy sessions, medication management, and educational groups. Patients receive clinical therapy and skills training to support recovery. Drug testing and case management services may also be part of an outpatient treatment day.

Types of Outpatient Rehab Programs We Offer

At our outpatient substance abuse treatment center, we offer numerous types of therapy and treatment options tailored to meet your unique needs. Our empathetic and skilled addiction professionals are dedicated to helping you overcome addiction and embrace the beauty of a sober life.

Our outpatient rehab programs encompass a wide range of behavioral health therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and other psychotherapy approaches. These therapies are designed to address the root causes of addiction and provide you with the tools and coping skills needed for lasting recovery.

Whether you’re struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, our outpatient alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs provide comprehensive support and guidance on your journey to wellness.

You can trust our team to provide compassionate care and individualized treatment plans that align with your goals and aspirations. Let us walk alongside you as you embark on the path to healing and a brighter future.

Alcohol Detox

Outpatient alcohol detox is a type of alcohol abuse treatment where the patient doesn’t stay at a facility but attends appointments. It consists of receiving holistic detox or medically assisted treatment at a rehab center while treating alcoholism. The patient undergoes detox at home or in a sober living environment.

A study on outpatient treatment during alcohol detox cites that “outpatient treatment of the alcohol withdrawal syndrome is effective for certain alcoholics.” Outpatient detox is less expensive and time-consuming than inpatient detox, and it allows patients to maintain their daily routine and social relationships.

Still, there are some risks associated with outpatient alcohol detox, including easy access to alcohol, a higher risk of missed appointments, a higher risk of abusing alcoholism treatment medications, and a higher risk of relapse. Outpatient detox from alcohol is not appropriate for all patients, particularly those at risk of life-threatening complications or with co-occurring medical conditions.

Drug Detox

Outpatient drug detox is a type of treatment where drug abusers do not stay at a facility but attend appointments at a treatment center to receive medical support and manage their withdrawal symptoms.

The patient undergoes detox while continuing to live at home or in a sober living environment. Outpatient detox is recommended for those who have mild to moderate signs of addiction, don’t require a high level of care, have a supportive home environment, and are at low risk of medical complications during detox.

If you have tried to leave drug abuse behind or the substance abused poses the risk of causing life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, it’s better to opt for inpatient detox at our drug and alcohol detox center with 24/7 around the clock care.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Outpatient alcohol rehab at Ardu offers more flexibility than inpatient care and allows you to continue living at home while receiving treatment for alcohol addiction. This option can be more convenient and less expensive than our intensive outpatient programs and partial hospitalization programs. We provide structured treatment during the day, while sober living arrangements provide a supportive environment away from rehab. 

Drug Addiction Treatment

Outpatient drug rehab provides addiction treatment services to patients who live at home and continue with work or school. Our outpatient drug addiction programs offer levels of care from intensive day treatment to weekly therapy sessions. Our services include individual counseling, group therapy, family therapy, medication management, and recovery skills training.

Outpatient drug addiction treatment allows patients to maintain their regular responsibilities while getting treatment for substance abuse issues. It provides a cost-effective option that increases accessibility to drug addiction services and helps patients develop relapse prevention techniques and achieve lasting recovery skills within their community.

Addiction services we offer at our drug treatment center include:

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment

Substance use and mental illness often go hand in hand. Our outpatient programs address co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

People with addiction often have preexisting or resulting mental health conditions like bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and eating disorders. They may use substances to cope with mental health symptoms, but substance abuse can also worsen mental illness.

Co-occurring disorders require integrated treatment for both addiction and mental health counseling.

We provide specific treatment through therapy and medication management for substance use disorder and serious mental illness together. Our specialists provide addiction counseling alongside mental health treatment to empower you into a brighter future.

Our dual diagnosis center can provide mental health and substance use disorder treatment concurrently, allowing you to get coordinated care for any intertwined substance use and mental health issues.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment

Deciding between outpatient and inpatient treatment can be confusing. We’re here to guide you in identifying which option may be the best fit for your needs and situation.

Our personalized outpatient program allows you to continue living at home while receiving addiction treatment. We offer flexible scheduling—from intensive day treatment to just a few hours per week—to accommodate work and family responsibilities.

Recent research confirms that outpatient treatment improves patient outcomes similarly to inpatient rehab for many people. But residential treatment at an inpatient facility remains ideal for those with more severe addictions or co-occurring disorders.

Is Outpatient Care Right For You?

Here are a few key factors to help you discern if our outpatient program is right for you:

  • You feel ready to commit to recovery, but need flexibility to maintain work or care for family; our program allows this.
  • Your addiction, while disruptive, has not put your job, housing, or health in imminent danger; outpatient treatment could provide the boost you need to get back on track.
  • You have a supportive, stable living environment; inpatient treatment removes you from unhealthy environments during early recovery.
  • Your addiction does not involve risky withdrawal symptoms; we’ll ensure your detox is medically safe.
  • You don’t have major unaddressed mental health issues; we can coordinate care for mild to moderate mental health problems.

Is Inpatient Care Right For You?

If you relate more to the following, inpatient treatment may be a better fit:

  • You’ve relapsed despite outpatient treatment; the 24/7 support of inpatient could help you overcome obstacles.
  • You lack a safe, drug-free living environment; residential treatment removes triggers and disruption.
  • Your addiction has severely impacted your work, finances, physical health, or relationships; intensive rehab can help you rebuild your life.
  • You have a co-occurring disorder like trauma or serious mental illness; our inpatient program is better qualified to treat dual diagnoses.

Bottom line—there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment. In fact, it’s more important to get help than to spend too much time trying to figure out which treatment option is best.

According to the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP), “comparing inpatient with outpatient treatment is potentially counterproductive because the important question is not which level of care is better but, rather, which level of care is more appropriate at a given time for each client.”  

Schedule a free consultation to explore your unique needs and how we can help you start your journey toward lifelong recovery and wellness. 

If you want to learn more about differences between inpatient and outpatient treatment settings, read our blog post on inpatient versus outpatient treatment.

Start Your Sobriety Journey with Ardu Recovery Center

We understand that every person and addiction is unique. Our outpatient program allows you to maintain your daily responsibilities while receiving customized addiction treatment services. Skilled counselors at Ardu develop individualized treatment plans using evidence-based therapies to support your recovery needs and goals.

Our facilities are located in the gorgeous Wasatch Mountains and are equipped with amenities to make treatment comfortable. We accept most insurance and offer flexible payment options and insurance verification. Contact us today to learn more about our outpatient rehab program.


Anyone struggling with substance abuse or addiction can be eligible to enroll in our outpatient addiction treatment program. 

Our recovery center welcomes people seeking help to overcome their addiction. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to guide and support you in your addiction treatment process, laying the foundation for long-term sobriety and relapse prevention.

How to Enroll

To enroll in an Ardu drugs and alcohol treatment program, contact Ardu Recovery Center online or via phone (801-810-1234). We will work with you to find a recovery path that works for you during the detox process and beyond. Read our admissions process page for more information.

Can I Pay for Treatment with Insurance at Ardu?

Most insurance covers outpatient addiction treatment at Ardu. If you want to verify your insurance coverage and gather more information on how to pay for rehab, visit our insurance verification page.

Drew Redd

Drew Redd is the executive director of Ardu Recovery Center and is dedicated to empowering people on their journey to sobriety.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rehab and Outpatient Treatment

Are 12-step programs considered outpatient programs?

Yes, 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are forms of outpatient treatment. These programs provide peer support and tools to promote sobriety while allowing you to live at home or a sober living facility. To learn more about this topic, head to our blog post on how to help a loved one with the 12-step process.

Does Ardu offer couples therapy services?

No, Ardu does not offer couples therapy. This type of therapy should be done via in-person or online therapy by licensed therapists who are trained in working with couples. Though our therapists are licensed, their experience lies in treating addiction issues.

Can I treat my online addiction to gambling at an outpatient rehabilitation center?

Yes, outpatient rehabilitation centers often have addiction professionals who can provide treatment for gambling addiction. Outpatient programs are often used to treat behavioral addictions that don’t pose an immediate threat to health, such as gambling disorders.

What is an example of treatment in outpatient settings?

At Ardu Recovery’s outpatient treatment center, a typical day might look like this:

  1. The morning starts with group therapy, where patients learn skills to manage addiction triggers. An educational session follows to deepen understanding of how substances affect the brain.
  2. After lunch, individual therapy appointments help patients work toward personalized goals with a counselor. Later that afternoon, we host a group for family members to learn recovery support skills.
  3. At the end of each day, our treatment team reviews every patient’s progress and fine-tunes their treatment plans to best facilitate continued recovery. This customizable combination of services allows patients to maintain their daily routines at home while getting comprehensive treatment.

What is a treatment center?

A treatment center is a facility that provides care for substance abusers and those with addictions. Addiction treatment centers, such as Ardu, often offer both inpatient and outpatient programs to treat addiction.

Can I get treated for porn addiction with outpatient recovery programs?

Yes, outpatient treatment providers can offer therapy and support for behavioral addictions like porn addiction. Addiction specialists at Ardu are specialized in substance abuse treatment and don’t offer treatment for porn addiction.


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