Should My Child Attend Outpatient Treatment After a Relapse?
What is Outpatient Treatment?
Outpatient treatment is a form of addiction treatment that includes individual, group and family therapy. Outpatient treatment provides a safe place for addicts to learn about their addiction and address underlying issues associated with their addiction. Most outpatient treatment programs provide therapy sessions a couple times a week either during the day or in the evening. This allows the addict to receive effective addiction treatment while still maintaining their regular responsibilities.
Outpatient treatment programs offer flexible schedules and are significantly less expensive than inpatient rehab program. Outpatient treatment can be an effective form of addiction treatment but it is not for everyone, especially those that need to be removed from his or her home environments. For an addict who had a period of sobriety and relapsed, inpatient treatment may not be necessary. Outpatient treatment can provide the effective treatment for someone who endured an addiction relapse.
Why is Outpatient Treatment Valuable After a Relapse?
Outpatient treatment provides a safe and structured environment that can help the addict recover from a relapse. Many people suffer greatly after an addiction relapse. Depending on the length and consequences associated with a relapse, outpatient treatment can assist in the recovery process. There are different consequences associated with relapse. Some people relapse for a short period of time before realizing they are out of control and in need of help, avoiding more serious consequences. Others may continue to remain active in their using, either denying help or feeling too much shame to return to recovery related programs. For these individuals, the consequences of their using are often severe and will take time to address. Regardless of the length and severity of the relapse, outpatient can help address the behavior before the relapse, the emotions during the relapse and ways to help achieve long-term recovery. Outpatient treatment can help the individual restore what had been lost during the relapse.
Outpatient Treatment Addresses The Relapse Before the Relapse
Outpatient treatment is highly recommended after someone endures an addiction relapse. Many addicts feel shame surrounding their addiction relapse. The most important thing an addict can do for their recovery is to be honest abut their relapse and ask for help. It is important for that individual to learn about the behaviors and actions that led up to the relapse. It is rare than an individual chooses to relapse without warning signs leading up to the incident. Outpatient can help the addict understand the warning signs, identify their personal addiction related triggers and learns ways to effectively cope with negative emotions in order to avoid a future relapse.
Relapse Prevention Requires Practice
The stresses of everyday life can easily push an addict towards a relapse. Outpatient treatment can help the addict recover from the emotional and physical consequences associated with their relapse. Relapse can cause deep suffering for both the addict and for their families. Outpatient provides an opportunity to regain what was lost. Recovery is an ongoing process. It takes time and practice for an addict to learn how to navigate life without drugs or alcohol. Outpatient treatment provides a safe and structured environment for individuals to address their relapse, triggers, and learn ways in which to cope without drugs and alcohol. Individual and group therapy allow the recovering addict to receive necessary support and understanding after experiencing an addiction relapse.
Concerned About Yourself or a Loved One?
Someone may experience withdrawal symptoms without being addicted. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, it is important to understand the difference between physical dependence and addiction. If you or someone you care for is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction it is imperative that you seek professional help. Although addiction is a disease that can’t be cured, emotional and physical recovery is possible. 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!