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Some individuals may prefer the treatment for their addiction to be on an outpatient basis, and there are many out-patient programs to accommodate this. Addiction treatment clients who want to keep up with work obligations or their current lifestyle with a certain amount of flexibility while participating in an outpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may prefer this route. Outpatient programs will allow the individual to maintain certain obligations and continue their normal every day routines, returning home each day after treatment. Individuals will typically attend their treatment program for a few hours per day, 5 to 7 days per week and still continue go to work, school, and take care of whatever other obligations they feel they must attend to.
There can be some drawbacks to an outpatient treatment plan such as attempting to deal with other life problems while simultaneously dealing with addiction issues. Individuals who want to get the best results from their time spent in treatment should understand what these drawbacks are, to avoid any serious setbacks such as relapses due to an insufficient treatment strategy. Treating addiction, any kind of addiction, can be extremely challenging on an outpatient basis, it takes a very devoted effort and a sufficient period of time to fully recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. There is no magic pills, no quick fixes that we know of for substance addiction. It has been found throughout many years of research however that the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction is most effective when done on a long-term inpatient basis followed by a long term outpatient treatment plan. There are many issues to be addressed when it comes to addiction. Making a full recovery takes time but the rewards and benefits are well worth the time invested as it can change a person life forever.
An individual may make progress while in an outpatient program, only to take two steps back when they leave treatment each day. Environmental factors are often the things which trigger people to abuse drugs and alcohol, and unless the individual is allowed to take a step back and identify and handle these environmental triggers their chances of remaining clean and sober are not very good. So while many addiction treatment clients may prefer to be treated for their addiction on an outpatient basis while still maintaining their lifestyle, an outpatient addiction treatment plan may prove to be unproductive in the end.
Both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) shield people afflicted with drug addiction and alcoholism so they may safely seek help to recover from their addiction including an extended leave from work without discrimination and without threat of losing one's livelihood.
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