Benefits of Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Why Get Treatment?
Addiction is a disease. It is a multi-faceted illness that requires immediate and long-term care. For an individual struggling with addiction, they suffer from a physical dependence, an intense craving for drugs and/or alcohol and compulsive drug-seeking behavior.
Addiction involves genetic, behavioral and environmental factors that all must be addressed in order to achieve and maintain recovery. Most addicts cannot stop using without professional help. In order to give the addicted person the best chance at recovery, drug and alcohol treatment provides the best opportunity for success.
Inpatient vs Outpatient
Inpatient facilities provide 24-hour care, allowing the individual suffering from addiction to focus solely on their addiction. Inpatient facilities often provide a detox program, medication administration and both group and individual therapy. Inpatient treatment allows the individual to enter a facility free of temptations. Their only responsibility is staying sober.
Outpatient facilities provide daytime or evening treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. The focus is on the individual and their sobriety, while allowing them to maintain their regular responsibilities. While it is often suggested that individuals begin an outpatient treatment program after completing an inpatient program, some individuals are unable to leave their work or home life for extended periods of time.
Benefits of Outpatient Treatment
For many individuals suffering from addiction, entering a 24-hour inpatient facility is not an option. This may be due to financial responsibilities and restrictions, jobs, school and family. For these individuals, outpatient treatment provides a unique opportunity to address their addiction, the underlying issues that have contributed to their addiction to drugs or alcohol and their recovery. While inpatient treatment may benefit those struggling with familial issues at home, some individuals thrive when surrounded by loved ones. Outpatient treatment allows the individual struggling with addiction to return home to be supported by their family in a familiar environment. Outpatient treatment allows the individual to tend to responsibilities. Many people struggling with addiction have day-today responsibilities that must be upheld. Some of these responsibilities may include raising their children, holding down a job, attending school or caring for elderly family members. While it would be beneficial for individuals struggling with addiction to be able to focus solely on their recovery, this is not always possible.
Outpatient treatment allows the individual to focus on their recovery while maintaining a job and family life. Recovering from addiction is more than just abstaining from drugs and alcohol. It is about learning what drove the addiction, the underlying issues and creating motivation for change. An outpatient provides a safe place for this to take place. Individuals enrolled in an outpatient program often attend group therapy, individual therapy and case management during the day or evening and are able to maintain their work schedule and return home in the evening. Outpatient treatment often provides cognitive behavioral therapy, multidimensional family therapy, relapse prevention and access to education programs and a recovery community. Outpatient proves therapeutic methods to address the issues surrounding addiction. It also provides information for the families in order to help create understanding and support.
Concerned About Yourself or a Loved One?
If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one with substance abuse issues, it is imperative that you seek help immediately. There are many treatment options available; choosing the appropriate treatment facility can be a difficult choice. Outpatient treatment provides a unique opportunity to support the recovering addict in their new life. Outpatient treatment may be the appropriate fit if there are day-today responsibilities that must be upheld or follow-up care from an inpatient facility is needed. Clear Recovery Center can help. Our goal is to help you make the right decision that’s best for you or your loved one. If you wish to learn more about our outpatient programs, drug counseling in general or about the disease of addiction, please do not hesitate to call us at (877)799-1985 or simply click on the banner below to visit our contact page. We are waiting to hear from you!