At CMC, we offer several different types of outpatient treatment options because we know that one size does not fit all! We recognize that there are many paths to positive change.

Our outpatient treatment options for individuals includes individual therapy and group treatment options.  All clinical work at CMC is done by fully qualified and licensed psychologists who are trained in evidence-based approaches.  If you already have a therapist outside of CMC and would like to continue working with that therapist, that’s OK! We work very closely with outside therapists and tailor our work to compliment the work you are doing with them.  If you don’t have a therapist, you will be assigned one at CMC.

For families, our outpatient program uses Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) as the backbone of our treatment. CRAFT is a highly effective, evidence-based approach to treatment that helps get loved ones into treatment, helps to support them to make changes in their use, and to support you by helping you maintain the energy necessary to get through this very intense process.

How to Decide if Outpatient Treatment is Right for You?

There is no definitive test to determine if outpatient treatment is right for you. The truth is, a very large number of people change their substance use patterns each year without ever entering into formal treatment of any kind! If you are considering outpatient treatment, you might want to think about the following questions:

  1. Have you tried to change your substance use patterns in the past and been unsuccessful?
    If this is you, then bravo for being so brave as to try to make change! You have a very clear understanding of exactly how difficult making long-lasting change can be. You also may be at the point where you need some guidance on how to best make these changes and make them stick. If you haven’t attended any self-help meetings, like AA or SMART Recovery, then you might want to start there. These can be great resources for people, and have helped countless numbers of people change their substance use behaviors. But, if you’re on this website, you’re probably ready for a different kind of support. So, the next question will be an important one for you.
  2. Have you ever tried outpatient treatment for substances before? How did that go?
    While therapists can often be very helpful in changing substance use, seeing someone who specializes in substance use treatment can make a big difference in the outcome. In addition, some therapies are more “action oriented” than others and some approaches are more effective than others.
  3. Why aren’t we immediately suggesting inpatient treatment/rehab as your first step?
    Because, not everyone needs that level of treatment, and rehab usually is not the most appropriate first treatment option! But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, there are still a few more questions to answer.
  4. Do you think you can make the changes you have to make in your current environment?
    This question is the inpatient/outpatient question. If you answered no to this, or you had a long pause trying to decide, then your struggle might be more about inpatient versus outpatient, rather than outpatient alone. One major benefit of inpatient treatment is that it removes you from your environment. Rehab gives you some space to make the changes you want/need to make and time to start building and learning the skills you need to help keep those changes active when you get home. All without the stress of dealing with your home environment. If you’re wondering if inpatient treatment might be the right choice for you, click here to learn more about CMC’s inpatient rehab, CMC:Berkshires.

If after thinking about these questions, you think that outpatient treatment might be right for you, you can read on to find out what options CMC has to offer, or you can contact us to get more information about CMC and speak to an intake specialist.