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Understanding Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Mind Body Optimization (MBO) is a Texas-based mental health facility that provides hope and healing to people experiencing substance abuse and mental health disorders.

At MBO, we understand how overwhelming the path to wellness may seem. This is why we walk alongside each individual and their loved ones and help them move from where they are to where they want to be on their journey to healing.

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What Is an Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Program?

An outpatient substance abuse treatment program provides evidence-based care for people experiencing substance use disorders (SUD) or dual diagnosis while allowing them to maintain their normal routines.

Outpatient substance abuse treatment typically involves individual, group, or family therapy options.

Our outpatient program provides a supportive environment for people to achieve sobriety at their own pace. We offer a flexible appointment structure that allows people to focus on school, work, and other personal commitments.

How Do Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Help?

Some of the most important core principles of outpatient substance abuse treatment programs include:1
  • Providing readily available treatments 
  • Enabling easy entry into holistic treatment
  • Building on existing motivation 
  • Enhancing therapeutic collaboration 
  • Assessing and addressing specific treatment needs 
  • Providing ongoing care 
  • Monitoring abstinence 
  • Using mutual and community-based support 
  • Utilizing medication if required 
  • Introducing evidence-based and holistic approaches for treatment
  • Improving program administration

Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment vs. Inpatient Substance Abuse Care

Outpatient substance abuse treatment programs are more convenient for many individuals who need supportive and comprehensive care, especially for those with busy schedules or intensive family commitments.

Below are some of the benefits of outpatient care as compared to inpatient treatment:2


Outpatient substance abuse treatment programs allow people to enjoy their wellness journey without them affecting their daily lives too much.
They can choose convenient times for their therapy sessions while prioritizing other aspects of their lives, such as continuing to go to work or helping with daily family matters. This way, they are not just managing the substance abuse disorder but nurturing their total well-being.

Real-Life Application

Outpatient treatment provides an environment where people can apply the coping strategies learned to their everyday lives. By doing this, they can successfully manage, endure, and overcome everyday challenges.

Community Support

Outpatient substance abuse treatment programs give people the chance to become a part of a supportive community that shares their personal experiences.
The sense of belonging from community support empowers people to continue their journey. It also helps them understand that they are not alone. Community support and holistic healing processes allow individuals to feel less alone during the recovery process, enhancing wellness.


Outpatient care is much more cost-effective and accessible to those who need it. People spend less on outpatient care treatment compared to in-person care. By eliminating hospitalization bills, they access quality care within reach.

Common Misconceptions and Stigma Surrounding Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Many people have false beliefs about outpatient treatment care that can affect how they see and experience treatment.

Below are some of these misconceptions:

Outpatient Care Is Less Effective Than In-Person Treatment

There’s no evidence that shows inpatient treatment is more effective than outpatient treatments. Both treatments help people recover, and they have unique attributes and benefits. It often depends on the length of treatment itself and how personalized the treatment program is.

Outpatient Care Lacks Personal Touch or Connection of In-Person Treatment

Despite not being around-the-clock care, outpatient care provides personalized attention and empathy. Through regular physical sessions, phone consultations, and active support groups, people build meaningful connections throughout treatment, which enhances their recovery.

Outpatient Care Is Only for Those Who Can’t Afford In-Person Treatment

While affordability is one benefit of outpatient treatment programs, it’s not the only reason people do it. Many people opt for these programs for convenience and flexibility, as well as the opportunity to return to their communities and live happier lives.

MBO's Approach to Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

At MBO, we know the key to attaining optimal wellness isn’t treating substance use disorders in isolation. Instead, we help you look at the bigger picture by diving deeper and exploring past experiences and mental health challenges.
We adopt an integrative and personalized approach that helps us provide the best support to those experiencing substance use disorders.

Overview of MBO’s Outpatient Treatment for SUD and Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis occurs when a person is experiencing substance abuse and another mental health condition simultaneously.
In some cases, dual diagnosis occurs when a person seeks temporary relief from their mental health challenges and turns to unhealthy coping mechanisms like substance use. Substance use may also trigger other mental health disorders.
MBO treats substance abuse disorders and dual diagnosis by using these programs:

Evidence-Based Treatments for Transformative Healing

Evidence-based treatments are research-based and tailored to meet people’s needs. They are tested and proven to provide effective outcomes for individuals struggling with various symptoms.
Our evidence-based therapies at MBO have been thoroughly examined to provide whole-person healing. We focus on each person’s specific needs and goals.
Below are some of our personalized dual-diagnosis evidence-based therapies:
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people understand and reshape their thoughts in a more positive way. With CBT, people learn to challenge negative patterns and replace them with more productive and true thoughts.3
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) celebrates people’s strength by guiding them through personal healing. It enables self-discovery and teaches them to manage their intense emotions in a healthier way. 
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET): Motivational enhancement therapy encourages people to explore their deepest motivations in a supportive environment. Through compassionate interactions with therapists, they find the strength they need to transform their lives.
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI): Motivational interviewing is built on the belief that people can change their lives for good, which encourages them to explore their reasons for change. This helps them discover themselves and improve their lives.
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT): In rational emotive behavior therapy, people are empowered to identify and challenge unhelpful beliefs. They learn to replace negative thought patterns with more rational and positive thoughts.
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy: Trauma-focused therapy serves as a beacon of hope for those who have endured emotional pain and suffering. It creates a safe place for them to process and make sense of their trauma. During this therapy, people adopt coping skills to reclaim their lives gradually.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing uses guided eye movements to recall distressing memories. It enhances the brain’s natural healing process to reduce the intensity of traumatic memories.4

Integrative Treatment Opportunities

Integrative treatments focus on the whole person for effective healing. These therapies embrace treating a person’s emotional, physical, and mental health for total restoration and wellness.
Our holistic therapies at MBO aim to revive a person’s entire well-being while treating the symptoms associated with substance use. It aligns the mind, body, and spirit on their journey to sobriety.
Some of the holistic wellness programs we offer at MBO include:
  • Experimental Therapy: Experimental therapy explores how the mind, body, and spirit connect. It aims to address the root causes of conditions and support people to attain optimal health. 
  • Harm Reduction Technique: Harm reduction techniques aim to minimize the negative impact of risky behavior without making people entirely stop their behavior. Instead of making them stop completely, it focuses on keeping people safe. 
  • Meditation and Mindfulness: Meditation helps people focus and eliminate distractions to relax deeply. Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment with openness and acceptance. Both techniques allow people to become more aware of their feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. 
  • Nutritional Support and Counseling (Coming Soon): Nutritional support and counseling provide tailored advice and strategy for a healthier diet and lifestyle. It helps people improve their health through better nutrition. 

Why Choose MBO for Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment?

Outpatient substance abuse treatments at MBO allow people to access a unique and effective treatment approach that aids the path to wellness.
Below are some reasons to collaborate with us for effective outpatient substance care:

We Encourage Autonomy and Self-Management During Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

At MBO, we empower our clients to take an active role in their recovery. By recognizing and nurturing their strengths, we encourage them to take control of their lives during the healing process. We work with our clients collaboratively, allowing them to make choices that align with their goals. 
We promote autonomy and self-management by: 

Providing Tools and Resources for Self-Assessment and Setting Goals

By equipping people with tools and resources to assess and set goals, we empower them to actively participate in their recovery. Through self-reflection exercises and mindfulness practices, people identify their growth patterns. They also set realistic goals that align best with their purpose.

Building Resilience and Coping Skills

We provide evidence-based techniques to manage stress and triggers. Doing this allows our clients to navigate life’s complexities without turning into substances. Our cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based practices help people build healthy coping mechanisms for sobriety.
Promoting self-management and independence equips people with the tools and techniques to reclaim their future. It helps them maintain sobriety, even after treatment.

Receive Compassionate Care Beyond the Clinic

Our commitment to our clients extends far beyond the clinic. We understand that comprehensive care isn’t just about treating substance abuse. It’s about building and enhancing a culture of compassion, empowerment, and resilience.
That’s why we work closely with communities and support groups. Doing this allows us to teach people how to go through life’s struggles with strength.
Below is how we help:

We Provide Additional Support During Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Every person’s journey to wellness is unique, as are their needs. That’s why we go above and beyond to offer additional support for each person. This helps them to thrive after recovery, promoting a sense of fulfillment and purpose.

We Monitor and Adjust Treatment Plans Based on Progress and Changing Needs

We know that healing is a journey that requires ongoing support and assistance. So, we continually monitor our client’s progress. We also adjust their treatment plans with compassion and care.
Whether it’s celebrating small victories or navigating setbacks, we stand by our clients every step of the way. By being attentive to their changing needs, we ensure they receive the care they deserve to live happier, healthier lives.
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Pave a Path Worth Following

MBO is committed to relentlessly supporting our clients in the fight against substance abuse. By empowering them with tools for resilience, our clients see the light at the end of the tunnel and embrace their newfound hope.
This helps them go through treatments and life’s challenges with optimism.

We’re Here to Meet You Wherever You Are In Your Journey

At MBO, we’ve created a community that helps our clients thrive. Many of our therapists have gone through similar healing paths, equipping them with the empathy to guide you. We are here to celebrate wins, comfort you during setbacks, and share your joy.
The path to well-being is smooth with support from people who care about your entire healing process.

Your Journey to Wellness Starts Here

No matter the struggles you’ve faced with substance abuse, we believe you have the strength to take back control of your life. Your desire to live a healthier, happier life is achievable with us.
Sustainable healing is possible with a comprehensive, supportive team and treatment program, no matter how intensive your symptoms may seem. We’re here to support you every step of the way.
Reach out and begin healing. We’re here to help you thrive.