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Outpatient Drug Rehab
Outpatient drug rehab is a treatment option which can help individuals who may not be able to commit to an inpatient or residential program. For example, if someone will lose their job if they are away for several months while in rehab they may opt for an outpatient drug rehab. Another instance of why outpatient drug rehab would be optimum is if there is a concern about who will care for one's children while in a more intensive and extensive program. In fact, many treatment clients fear they may be putting their custody of their children at risk if their substance abuse problem is revealed publicly, so would rather keep things discreet and take part in an outpatient drug rehab where they can return home each day. Outpatient drug rehab is also utilized as a treatment option as part of a continuum of care, when the treatment client has participated in an inpatient or residential drug rehab program and need additional treatment and support to remain stable and abstinent. Many inpatient and residential programs themselves have outpatient services as well, where alumni can have access to weekly meetings and other treatment services from treatment counselors they trust and feel comfortable with.
Individuals who are newly abstinent will have to detox prior to receiving any further treatment services, regardless of whether they choose an outpatient, inpatient or residential drug rehab. Outpatient drug rehab is obviously not going to be an ideal environment to detox, so most outpatient drug rehab programs require that the individual detox at a facility which can accommodate the needs of individuals detoxing. Again, this can be accomplished at the facility if the outpatient drug rehab also has inpatient or residential treatment options, but not all outpatient programs have this option available. So this is something that potential treatment clients will want to check into if they will require extensive detox services. Detoxing should only take about a week, although there will very likely be latent effects of withdrawal and cravings for some time. Individuals who are extremely dependent to drugs and alcohol and are still experiencing severe cravings and the like should consider a more long term treatment option in an inpatient and residential facility, because outpatient drug rehab is most likely not the appropriate level of treatment at that point.
The Goal of Outpatient Treatment
In outpatient drug rehab the ultimate goal of treatment would be to give individuals tools and solutions they need to cope with problems and issues in their lives and to make important lifestyle changes so it is possible for them to remain abstinent. These lifestyle changes are steps which can be taken to eliminate individuals and circumstances in the individual's life which trigger stress, anxiety, anger, etc. and ultimately trigger their substance abuse. For example if someone is being emotionally abused by a spouse or someone else in their immediate environment, this would be the absolute first thing to be resolved with the help of treatment counselors if there is any hope for the treatment client to remain abstinent. If the individuals in outpatient drug rehab can't cut ties with these types of negative influences in their lives, it is highly unlikely they will remain abstinent. Because making such big lifestyle changes can be difficult, some clients in outpatient drug rehab may feel they just can't do it under the current circumstances. This is when inpatient or residential treatment should be seriously considered, because it would give the individual the option to step out of that abusive and negative environment and solely focus on bettering their life without such distractions.
Effectiveness of Outpatient Drug Rehab
It cannot be stressed enough that individuals who are at high risk of relapse because of extensive histories of substance abuse may not find the results they are looking for in outpatient drug rehab. Outpatient drug rehab has really only proven successful for alumni of more extensive inpatient and residential drug rehab programs are for individuals who have only brief histories of substance abuse. While outpatient drug rehab can be a cost effective and convenient option in most cases, it isn't necessarily the most effective option in most cases. For lower-risk cases that are not at such a high risk of relapse, treatment in an outpatient drug rehab can help get their lives back on track so they don't fall prey to drugs and alcohol abuse in the future. For individuals who require or desire a continuum of care and relapse prevention after more extensive treatment, outpatient drug rehab is the perfect option to stay connected to positive support and people who have their best interests at heart.
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