Outpatient care and post recovery support

Addiction care beyond the hospital

Admitting to a problem with addiction is the first — and most important — step on your journey to recovery. For many of our patients, recovery begins with inpatient treatment for detoxification and possible residential care, followed by outpatient care.

At Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, our team of addiction specialists includes fellowship-trained internal medicine doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, nurses and more. We’ll be with you every step of the way throughout your outpatient treatment and beyond to help you live a healthy life free from addiction.


What is outpatient addiction care?

Outpatient care for addiction is an important part of the recovery process. After your initial detoxification and/or residential treatment, we will work with you to set up an outpatient treatment plan that meets your needs. You may be a good candidate for outpatient care if you have:

  • A stable living environment free from drugs and alcohol
  • A support structure (family members and friends) at home who can help you stay clean and sober
  • Responsibilities beyond your home (work, school, etc.) you need to maintain during your treatment

If you’re a good fit for outpatient care, we’ll help you find the right level of care to match your situation. There are different levels available depending on your needs, including our Partial Hospitalization Program and our Intensive Outpatient Program.

Partial Hospitalization Program

Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a daily program for patients with substance use disorders (the clinical term for addiction). You’ll take part in structured, full time programming of six hours each day. These sessions address addiction and life issues. 

As part of PHP, we offer:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Education on addiction and relapse prevention

Participants begin PHP right after completing detox and/or residential treatment. PHPs generally provide more supervision and may include the monitoring of symptoms and medication management. Participants in PHP are able to go home each night.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is an alternative to PHP. Like PHP, we offer group, family and individual therapy sessions as part of IOP. Rather than a full day, IOP is a half-day program that takes place alongside our PHP group. This part-time, yet intensive, schedule accommodates work and school obligations, but participants are required to attend every day, and return home each night. 

Your care team will determine if IOP or PHP is most appropriate for you based on your individual needs. IOP is generally recommended for:

  • Those seeking treatment who do not need medically supervised detox
  • Those requiring support immediately following detox
  • Those who completed residential treatment but require continued support

Dual Diagnosis program

Substance use disorder is a mental illness. If you have a substance use disorder, you may have other mental health problems that your addiction has masked, such as:

Our Dual Diagnosis program provides treatment for mental health conditions along with treatment for addiction. We offer Dual Diagnosis care at different locations throughout the Chicago area.

Some locations focus more heavily on mental health and others on substance abuse, depending on their particular specialties. You and your doctor will decide together which location will be best for you based on your individual needs.

Outpatient addiction support groups

As part of your ongoing care, we highly recommend support groups. They provide a place for you to share your story and offer strategies to cope with life’s struggles.

We’re fortunate to have access to a wide variety of support groups, including:

Outpatient addiction therapy

Outpatient addiction therapy focuses on how you’re doing in recovery. We’ll guide you through some of the questions and challenges you face to help you stay sober. These issues may include:

  • Your marriage
  • Your relationships with your children
  • Your job
  • Your spirituality

We offer a therapist-led continuing care group once a week. Many of our patients also see a therapist one-on-one on a regular basis.

These professionals can make referrals to internal medicine doctors or psychiatrists if you need medication-assisted therapy (MAT). Linden Oaks is a leader in our area for MAT. Our certified doctors will get you the help you need when you need it.

Contact us

Still have questions about how behavioral health works? Call our Help Line 24/7 at (630) 305-5027