Outpatient Alcohol Program: Expectations
An outpatient alcohol program is a type of alcohol addiction treatment shown to be as effective (or more effective) than residential rehab. While outpatient programs require participants to travel to a facility for treatment, they can offer flexible program times and result in long term sobriety. But, what can you expect?
Entering an outpatient alcohol rehab program can be quite intimidating for some, especially if you’re entering treatment for the first time. During outpatient alcohol programs, a number of services are usually offered to clients, from start to finish.
Some of the more common stages of outpatient alcohol programs are listed below.
Outpatient Alcohol Program Assessment and intake
An initial intake assessment is typically performed before a person enters an outpatient alcohol program. During the assessment, an addiction specialist determines the severity of a person’s addiction and may also diagnose any underlying mental disorders. Assessments usually require some form or combination of medical history, physical exam, and drug testing. This initial data helps rehab staff form your treatment plan, which is then monitored and updated during the course of treatment.
Some alcoholics may need to go through withdrawal under medical supervision before beginning and outpatient program. Medical detox can provide alcoholics with a safe place to go through withdrawal. Doctors and nurses in medical detox will typically work to make the withdrawal process more comfortable and assist in the event of a medical emergency, administering medications when necessary. Not all outpatient clinics will be able to provide medical detox, but they will be able to refer you to a detox clinic in your area.
Therapy and treatment modalities
Intensive Counseling and/or Psychotherapy is the cornerstone of most outpatient alcohol programs. Individuals enrolled in alcohol rehab will usually be required to participate in individual counseling sessions as well as group therapy sessions daily or weekly. Participation in family therapy and self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), is also strongly encouraged.
Many alcoholics respond very well to pharmacotherapy, or the use of medications to treat their alcohol addiction. Various medications used to treat alcoholism have a few different effects. Some minimize the cravings for alcohol, some prevent drinking from being pleasurable, and some even cause an intensely unpleasant feeling when alcohol is consumed.
Understanding the body’s reaction to alcohol, how alcohol works in the brain, and exposure to the theories of alcoholism often makes addiction less mysterious and frightening. Because of this, most outpatient alcohol programs offer education sessions to their clients. During these sessions, recovering alcoholics will learn about the disease model of addiction as well as techniques to overcome it.
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Starting a rehab program can be intimidating for many people. Knowing what to expect, however, can make the process a little intimidating and scary.
If you or a loved one needs help for a drinking or drug problem and want to know more about outpatient programs, please give us a call. We’ll be happy to address your concerns and help you get started down the road to recovery.