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Outpatient Drug Rehab Centers

There are several different treatment options for individuals in need of treatment at a drug rehab center or program. An individual will typically choose a certain type of treatment over another due to individual circumstances such as history of drug use or finances for instance. An outpatient drug rehab center is one of these options, and is any drug or alcohol drug rehab program where the individual receives treatment during the day and then returns home or to a sober living facility at night. An outpatient drug rehab team consists of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, doctors, mental health workers, occupational therapists, and lawyers, and is typically housed in a clinic, hospital or similar venue.

There are several reasons that an individual would choose the option of receiving treatment through an outpatient drug rehab center. For instance, a residential (inpatient) drug rehab program can be very expensive if not covered by insurance. Some outpatient drug rehab centers are even free of charge, and are part of government funded programs or public grants. Or, the individuals seeking treatment may find that they have an obligation such as family or children or a job which requires that they return home every day. This is where an outpatient drug rehab center can be beneficial, because in the end it is better than the individual receiving no treatment at all.

While some, if not most, individuals need a complete change of environment to get away from negative influences while they focus solely on drug rehab, some actually benefit from being connected to individuals in their life who offer support during their drug rehab program. Some people need to get away from family and friends in order to focus solely on breaking the addiction cycle. An outpatient drug rehab center gives an individual the ability to take part in a drug rehab program while also being in contact with those who can help them through it by providing additional emotional and psychological support. While this is not optimal for everyone, it is effective for some and should be considered when choosing a drug rehab program.

On the other hand, and as suggested earlier, an outpatient drug rehab center is not the appropriate type of treatment for most individuals who have been struggling with long term addiction. Examples of this would be individuals with a history of relapse or repeated relapsed during or following drug rehab programs. For these individuals, their needs would be better served in inpatient drug rehab setting, primarily because the individual will have no access to drugs there and can focus fully on treatment instead of normal daily worries. Some need this important change of environment, as the stress of everyday life can be burdensome to someone who is unable to cope, and who uses drugs or alcohol to "self-treat" these problems. For these individuals, an outpatient drug rehab center would not be the appropriate level of care and support and an inpatient or residential drug rehab center is going to benefit them the most.

An outpatient drug rehab center would also not be an acceptable option for an individual who is violent or a danger to themselves or others, or where extensive medical treatment would be required. For instance, many individuals suffer from co-occurring disorders such as drug addiction and other psychological or health issues. Individuals who have struggled with long-term addiction for the most part put drugs or alcohol at the forefront of importance in their lives. They can simply lose sight of their personal health and well-being, both mentally and physically. Some physical ailments can cause individuals to become not well mentally, and this should not be confused with more serious mental disorders. For instance, chronic pain caused by lack of hygiene such as tooth decay or infection of certain areas of the body can cause serious health problems that the individual will only realize the urgency of when they come off of drugs. These types of issues need to be handled in tandem with any other drug rehab program that the individual is a part of, and may not be able to be addressed fully on an outpatient basis. Likewise, some individuals need extensive counseling and therapy as a result of the psychological damage of long term drugs use, and this cannot always be fully addressed on an outpatient basis. These are all things to consider when deciding if an outpatient drug rehab center is the correct treatment option.

There are different types of outpatient drug treatment centers, including group therapy, outpatient drug-free treatment, and maintenance programs; including problem-solving and cognitive behavioral therapy as well as 12 step programs or a similar approach. Most outpatient drug rehab centers provide drug-free treatment, meaning the individual doesn't take methadone or other such drugs during their drug rehab program. These are the types of programs which include individual or group counseling.

Some outpatient drug rehab centers offer support for opiate abusers and are often referred to as "maintenance therapy", and use other drugs to help ease opiate withdrawal and keep the individual from getting heroin or other opiates off the streets. In long-term outpatient maintenance for heroin and opiate addicts, individuals are given an oral dose of methadone which is administered at a dosage which blocks the effects of opiates while also stopping the physiological craving for opiates. The concept is that the individuals will be better able to stop their drug-seeking behavior and related criminal behavior. However, this can put the individual in a position of going from being addicted to opiates to being addicted to another drug, which can go on for years and years.

Some outpatient drug rehab centers offer daily services while others require the individual to attend treatment anywhere from 2-5 days a week. Outpatient day, night, and weekend programs can be found. Outpatient programs educate individuals how how to live their lives successfully and drug-free and how to respond in a healthy manner to pressures of life's responsibilities. How long treatment will take is dependent on several factors, and can vary according to the philosophy and curriculum of the outpatient drug rehab center.

Most individuals will spend anywhere from 30 to 90 days in a program at an outpatient drug rehab center, although some individuals may require a year or more of treatment. It is highly uncommon for individuals to remain in a long-term outpatient drug rehab program however, as there is often too great a risk of the individual relapsing while back in his home environment. Individuals requiring such extensive treatment are often referred to a more long term inpatient drug rehab program.

Achieving successful results at an outpatient drug rehab center can be challenging, because the individual will be up to their own devices when not in treatment as they are not under constant supervision as in an inpatient drug rehab. At home, and back in their regular environment there are all sorts of drug triggers and the temptation to use drugs or alcohol can be very strong for most, especially in the early stages of drug rehab. For this reason, an outpatient drug rehab program is statistically less effective than an inpatient drug rehab programs, due to the access the individual has to drugs and the lack of supervision. As a result, most outpatient drug rehab centers drug test and monitor individuals for drug and alcohol use.

An outpatient drug rehab center is typically prepared to treat a wide variety of addictions, from alcoholism to some of the more hardcore street drugs such as heroin or crystal meth, to a more recent and growing problem of prescription drug addiction. It is also common for individuals to have an addiction to more than one substance, such as alcohol and cocaine or other drugs. While this makes drug rehab more challenging, it is becoming more and more common and outpatient drug rehab centers are prepared to handle such dual-diagnosis individuals as a matter of course.

Individuals who take part in an outpatient drug rehab program greatly benefit from addressing the underlying emotional and psychological reasons that caused the individual to become addicted to drugs or alcohol in the first place. Thoroughly recognizing and addressing these issues is what will ensure the individual's lasting recovery. Drug rehab counselors work with individuals through counseling and other treatment methods to teach them how to reevaluate their choices and behavior and work to develop to tools and life skills which will help them make constructive choices in their lives. By gaining a better understanding of themselves, others and their environment they can have a fresh start without drugs or alcohol.

Drug addiction can take a toll not just on the individuals abusing these substances, but on their family and loved ones as well. Most outpatient drug rehab centers offer family counseling to address these issues, which gives loved ones an opportunity to vent, become educated on addiction, and gain a better perspective of what happened and how to prevent it in the future. Families can take the opportunity to heal and build stronger bonds which will help them transition into a healthier lifestyle without drugs or alcohol. The participation of family and friends accelerates the process of recovery and is highly recommended in most circumstances. Outpatient drug rehab programs for teenagers actually require parental involvement, which would enable the family to create a better home environment for a lasting recovery.

The goal of any drug rehab program is the individual no longer abusing alcohol or drugs, and all of the underlying causes of addiction identified and resolved so that the individual can have lasting sobriety. It is sometimes necessary to follow up or supplement treatment at an outpatient drug rehab center at a sober living facility or halfway house. This is sometimes part of an aftercare treatment plan that has been considered and developed by a professional drug treatment counselor that has come to know the individual in treatment very intimately, thereby understanding their individual needs and treatment requirements.

Individuals in treatment at an outpatient drug rehab center may not find it safe or plausible to live in their normal environment while in treatment, or find after treatment is complete that a transitional environment is required to maintain abstinence. A sober living facility or halfway house is a type of facility which can assist individuals during their transition period from drug rehab, where they can continue to be in a supportive and therapeutic environment while also taking part in individual and group counseling. Individuals who are recovering from addiction can greatly benefit from being in drug-free environment which can provide the stability and safety that they require during this crucial time.

There is no magic cure for addiction, or a quick fix that works overnight. A considerable amount of time in treatment is spent just overcoming the physical hurdles such as detox and withdrawal. After this has been addressed, the individual can only achieve lasting sobriety if all underlying issues are addressed. These issues vary for every individual, and no timeframe can be put on this. An outpatient drug rehab center can help resolve these issues for some, and can also be a platform for others to transition to a more effective method of treatment such as a long term residential drug rehab center as needed.

Outpatient drug rehab centers are an effective level of treatment for some, but are often considered less effective than inpatient programs due to the lack of supervision and less intensive care. An outpatient drug rehab program may be effective as a supplemental program for someone who has already completed an inpatient drug rehab program, or for someone with a very brief history of drug or alcohol use. Individuals should speak with a professional drug treatment counselor to discuss their history of drug or alcohol use, and be honest with themselves in terms of what level of treatment is needed. While an outpatient drug rehab center may seem more convenient, it is often not going to offer the best results for someone who has struggled with long term addiction.

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