Substance Use Outpatient

Substance Use Outpatient

For some, substance use may feel like a mountain they can’t climb. But with the right support, resources and tools, recovery is possible. For those individuals that want to scale their mountain, outpatient substance use programs can provide the guidance and support needed to get started and stay on the path to sobriety.

Davis Behavioral Health’s outpatient substance use treatment is delivered according to the individual treatment needs of each client. And our services also address any co-occurring mental health issues. Our practitioners use evidence-based therapies to ensure that clients get the help they need for positive forward momentum.

What Is Substance Use Disorder?

Substance use disorder (SUD) is a condition in which a person cannot control their use of a substance, even though there may be intense life consequences for using the substance. Those with SUD are often unable to focus on anything other than obtaining or using their substance of choice, be it alcohol, illicit drugs or even tobacco. This focus makes it nearly impossible to function in daily life. Even though those with SUD know that using the substance will cause problems, or that it already is, they continue using anyway.

Those with SUD may have thoughts or behaviors that are distorted and disconnected to reality. Addictive substances can change brain structure and functioning, resulting in intense cravings, abnormal movements, personality changes and lack of judgment or good decision-making abilities. Over time, those with SUD can build up a tolerance to the substance they are addicted to, so that they need larger amounts to get the “high” that they normally experience.

What Is Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment?

An outpatient substance use program provides drug and alcohol treatments that fit the needs and timing of the client. These treatments are ideal for those who are motivated to stop using a substance, but also require a flexible program that will work around their schedules. For those with more severe substance abuse or substance use disorders, an intensive outpatient substance use treatment may be more suitable.

Our treatment effectiveness is measured in terms of the overall health of the client, such as decreased substance use and criminal thinking, improvements in mental and physical health, greater social involvement, improved relationships, housing and employment and engagement in individualized recovery supports.

We have several locations to serve clients in Davis County.

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment

While every client is unique, most outpatient treatment programs offer several common services that can really help those with substance use disorder. Here at Davis Behavioral Health, our full spectrum of substance use services include:

  • Screening
  • Assessment
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Behavioral management
  • Family interventions
  • Nicotine cessation treatment
  • Recovery support services

Our practitioners work closely with clients to ensure that their substance use outpatient treatment is individualized to meet the unique needs of each person. This type of personalized engagement often has better results and outcomes for our clients.

Therapies Used in Outpatient Treatment

Many outpatient treatment programs utilize behavioral therapeutic techniques to help treat substance use disorder. At Davis Behavioral Health, our therapists may use one or more of the following evidence-based therapies as part of a client’s individualized outpatient treatment plan:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family behavioral therapy
  • Motivational enhancement therapy
  • Community reinforcement
  • Contingency management

The combination of behavioral and mental health therapy with detox and other recovery support services helps our clients obtain better overall wellness, which benefits all aspects of recovery from substance use disorder.

Pros and Cons of Outpatient Treatment

There are different types of intensive outpatient substance abuse programs and outpatient is just one of them. It is a common choice for several reasons, but it some cases it may not be the right fit.


  • Flexibility of scheduling benefits those who need to work, attend school or care for children in the home. Clients can decide when treatment best fits into their schedule, which often results in improved attendance.
  • Clients can apply the tools and skills they learn in therapy in their current living environment while maintaining support and getting feedback from treatment staff and peers in the program.
  • Outpatient treatment for substance abuse often costs less than impatient programs, which can allow clients to receive treatment for a longer period of time.


  • Clients with co-occurring psychiatric or medical conditions may find it difficult to manage both without more intensive, in-patient care.
  • Some clients may not have access to reliable transportation, making attending therapy or group sessions difficult.
  • Home situations may exacerbate the substance use, making it important to step away and enter residential treatment instead.

Get in Touch With Davis Behavioral Health

If you or a loved one are dealing with substance use disorder and are ready to try treatment, our outpatient substance abuse program can help get you on the path to recovery, living a happy, full life.

Reach out to Davis Behavioral Health for outpatient substance abuse treatment near you.

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