Outpatient Services at Metropolitan Rehabilitation Center

At Metro Rehab, we know that addiction recovery doesn’t always require inpatient services, and we also know that even if it does, the recovery process is not complete once you are discharged. For this reason, we offer a wide range of outpatient rehab services to support your total recovery, prevent and treat relapse, and help in times of crisis. Our outpatient services include access to individual and group counseling, medication treatments, and ongoing support and monitoring, including urinalysis.

Substance Abuse and Addiction Rehabilitation

We offer full substance abuse and addiction rehab services on an outpatient basis for those who do not require continual 24-hour support to beat their addiction. Whether you need detox and counseling services or support several hours a day, several days a week to overcome your addiction, we can tailor our program to meet the needs of each individual.

Individual and Group Counseling

Individual and group counseling is something that should be an ongoing event, anywhere from a few months to a few years. While we are not a behavioral health treatment center, we do understand that any successful rehab program is not complete without identifying the source of addiction, addressing addictive behaviors, and continuing the process of learning healthy coping mechanisms and coping with living life without a high. Every recovering addict is different and has different needs in terms of support. Whether you need individual counseling, would benefit from group therapy or support group sessions, or both, Metro Rehab can offer you the support you need.

Drug Rehab Medication Treatments

Our methadone treatments are available on a continuing outpatient basis. Whether by referral or as a member of our treatment program, our outpatient methadone treatment services help recovering addicts take on the world and find the strength to resist using. Patients can continue to use our treatment services as long as it is needed, even years later. In addition to methadone, we use several medications to help addicts recover. If you are a recovering addict in Oak Park, contact us to see how our outpatient recovery services can help you.

Continued Support and Monitoring

Metro Rehab offers continued support and monitoring services to help encourage our patients to live a sober life, including outpatient detox and rehab services, urinalysis, crisis intervention, and referrals for community services. If you need help with drug or alcohol addiction recovery, but do not want to do it on an acute inpatient basis, we can help with our outpatient treatment program option. For ongoing care, we offer help with referrals to local community services such as counseling, help with job placement, and family interventions. We understand that successful recovery includes resuming your daily life, we just want to help make sure it is a sober day.

The Benefits of Outpatient Addiction Recovery Services

It is important to note that outpatient rehabilitation services are not right for everyone. Those who suffer a severe addiction, are a danger to themselves, or have been unsuccessful in self-detox attempts need the full 24-hour support to completely detox and begin the healing process before outpatient addiction recovery becomes an option that has a chance at being successful. For those people who face daily temptations — friends, family members, or roommates use — and those who have a history of relapse should also consider inpatient services as a more viable option.

Outpatient addiction rehab services are ideal for:

  • Early-stage addicts.
  • Abuse or addiction to substances that do not require extensive detox.
  • Ongoing treatment for those successfully discharged from inpatient rehab.
  • Addicts who have continued to work or go to school.
  • Community referral patients.
  • Those in treatment programs — AA, NA, 12-step — who need additional support.

Benefits of Outpatient Rehab Services

Maintain the ability to live your life
If you have been able to continue working and going to school, in addition to raising a family, outpatient rehab services can allow you to continue to do so, sober. We offer a variety of services and times for counseling that can fit your schedule. If your day-to-day life contributes to your addiction, your care team may strongly recommend making significant life changes or consider our inpatient program.

Get the support of your friends and family
For some people, the closeness of supportive friends and family are a critical part of recovery. If you have a healthy support network that is willing to help you along your journey to recovery, outpatient rehab services can help you have the best of both worlds — the structure and discipline of a recovery program and the loving embrace of supportive loved ones. If you do not have a healthy support network or your friends and family are also users, your care team may recommend cutting ties with toxic people in your life or recommend an inpatient program to help remove you from the situation and allow for recovery.

Continuity of care
If you have completed an inpatient drug rehabilitation program, using outpatient rehab services helps to maintain the support and efforts of a treatment program, on your own terms. Using outpatient rehab services with the same organization you completed detox and inpatient rehab care with helps build an alliance and support network for you so you feel confident that someone cares and you have a place to turn in time of crisis.

Create a sober community
Addiction recovery programs lead to a community of recovering addicts, which can offer support for each other. When you participate in outpatient rehabilitation treatment, not only do your forge new relationships, but you become a sober member of your community, which strengthens the community as a whole. You may befriend people from your group therapy or support groups and become an advocate for someone else in a time of need — there is strength in numbers.

Keeps you accountable
Just like a workout partner, having a network of supportive people who care and have the resources to ensure you recover helps keep you more accountable for your sobriety. Finding a mentor or a sponsor who can coach you through the recovery process and who checks up on you can be just what you need to avoid temptation. Being accountable to counselors and other support group members can be a supportive way to help you overcome your addiction — you are not alone.

Access to community resources
Drug rehab is not all about detoxing and refraining from addictive substances. Addicts are humans with a wide range of needs and responsibilities. Outpatient rehab centers have access to non-rehab related community resources that can help you live a healthy life. Whether you need on-going therapy, psychological treatment, or you need help with transportation and finding a safe place to live. Being involved in a community rehab program affords you access to programs you may not otherwise have access to.

If you think that you or someone you love would benefit from our outpatient addiction recovery treatments, contact us at Metropolitan Rehabilitation Center today!



Relapse Prevention

Addiction is a chronic disease with behavioral, biological, social, emotional, and physical aspects that contribute to the inability to control substance abuse. Because addiction is a chronic disease, management of the symptoms is expected to be a lifelong process, much like managing and controlling any other chronic disease such as diabetes, hypertension, or asthma. When an addict is sober, you can think of it as being in remission and relapse is the return to addictive behaviors and substance abuse. Because addiction is a chronic disease, relapse is a common part of disease management and should not be considered a failure, but rather a symptom of the disease that needs to be treated rapidly. Relapse indicates the need to reevaluate treatments and make modifications that make sobriety more possible.

Preventing Relapse

Relapse does not mean that a treatment program failed or that the addict is not able to live a sober life. Sobriety happens for a variety of reasons and preventing relapse is a lifelong challenge. While dependency on a substance and experiencing withdrawal symptoms are the biggest contributors to relapse, there are other contributors that can be avoided. To help prevent relapse, try some of these tips:

  • Get an adequate amount of rest and sleep, regularly. Physical stress is a significant contributor to relapse.
  • Eat a healthy, filling diet that is high in protein and complex carbohydrates.
  • Avoid caffeine and all other addictive substances.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Attend all rehab meetings and appointments and keep up with treatment.
  • Talk to someone if you feel the urge to use again.
  • Take all prescribed medications, be sure to keep up on refills to prevent gaps.
  • Avoid triggers.
  • Keep positive, healthy, supportive relationships. In the event of an intimate breakup or trouble, seek comfort in those who are supportive. Do NOT isolate yourself!
  • Focus on your job, school, or take up a new, constructive hobby such as writing or painting. Keep your mind occupied.
  • Try alternative treatment methods such as medication, yoga, or a massage. Relaxing and feeling comfortable may help stave off cravings and help you find inner peace.
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself or set unrealistic expectations of yourself. Stress and pressure are counterproductive to your rehab.

Know and Avoid Triggers

Triggers are those factors that may contribute to relapse. For each recovering addict, the triggers that may lead to relapse will be as different as the individual. Understanding and identifying your triggers can help you be aware and avoid the things that have the potential to set you back. It is important to be aware of your triggers, here are some of the most common triggers that contribute to substance abuse relapse.

  • Withdrawal symptoms — the physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms are the hardest to overcome and cause a strong desire to use, to medicate the symptoms.
  • Post-acute withdrawal symptoms — those symptoms that are long-term or begin after the initial detox has taken place. These symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, and mood swings.
  • Stress — physical, emotional, or mental.
  • Peer pressure from friends, family, or formerly using partners.
  • Places and situations in which you used to use — parties, raves, etc.
  • Relationship problems with intimate partners, friends, or family.
  • An abrupt change in lifestyle or major life changes.
  • Other addictive behaviors or substances — caffeine, gambling, sex.
  • Events that cause grief, loneliness, anxiety, or extreme enjoyment.
  • Becoming overconfident that you have “cured” your problem and no longer need help.
  • Skipping treatment or denying a problem exists.
  • Access to formerly abused substance.

To help avoid triggers from successfully tempting you into using again, you should know what your triggers are, have a plan to avoid them, and have a relapse prevention plan in the event that you are faced with your triggers beyond your control. It is important to reduce stress as much as possible, anticipate a certain level of normal stress, and develop healthy coping mechanisms to prevent abusing a substance as a coping technique. If you do have an incident of relapse, it is important to get help right away. Understand that using again does not mean that you have failed and turn toward getting help rather than giving into the addiction again.

Relapse is most common within the first six months of detox and rehabilitation. The habits and behaviors are still current and fresh, and current lifestyle — including friends, job, and daily routine — are typically similar to or the same as when you were using. It is recommended to be hyper-aware of your triggers during this time to ensure that they do not have detrimental effects on your ability to overcome and recover from your addiction.

As part of our outpatient rehabilitation services at Metro Rehab in Oak Park, we know that relapse is a real potential and a common part of the addiction recovery process. Our aggressive treatment programs are aimed at helping prevent relapse by offering ongoing therapy and treatments, as well as providing a resource in times of perceived weakness when relapse potential is high. If you are a recovering addict or have relapsed, contact us to get back on track toward a sober life today!