Substance use disorder (SUD) and addiction to substances such as cocaine, meth, marijuana, heroin and prescription drugs can cause major problems in a person’s life as well as the lives of their loved ones. Addiction is a mental disorder that requires professional treatment in order to effectively treat it. Outpatient rehab facilities are equipped to aid those who need treatment for their addiction.
When a person needs treatment for substance abuse, there are two main methods that can be used. The first is an inpatient program where a person resides in a rehab facility while going through their recovery. It is often more expensive and requires a larger time-commitment than an outpatient rehab program. The other method is an outpatient program where a person attends therapy and activities at the facility but still lives in their own home.
Outpatient programs, while overall less successful for severe addictions, has its place in the treatment of addiction. It is often the only option for a person with outside responsibilities and obligations.
Intensive outpatient treatment or program (IOP) is a structured set of programs that are provided to patients who are looking to receive treatment for an addiction or substance abuse but do not require a medical detox. It is done through visits to the facility where the patient will join group sessions, have individual therapy and be included in various activities aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle. As with inpatient programs, every person requires a tailored treatment approach that works specifically for them. The start of treatment often involves talking to a case worker and establishing the patient’s priorities as far as treatment is concerned.
Candidates for outpatient programs usually do not have severe addictions, and therefore, require a less intensive treatment program. The risk for relapse is higher with outpatient programs since the person has access to drugs and alcohol when they leave the facility. If the patient’s addiction is severe, the cravings would likely lead to relapse.
People seeking help with their addiction problems may not be able to leave their work or family obligations, making an outpatient program preferable so that they can carry on with their responsibilities. Finances may also be a concern and outpatient treatment programs are often more affordable, making it the better choice. Furthermore, patients who have completed their inpatient rehab can keep attending support group meetings and therapy in an outpatient program to help ease them back into a normal life.
Addiction is something that a person will likely deal with for their entire life. It requires that the person be aware of the addictive parts of their character in order to foresee and prevent relapse and other substance abuse.
After initial treatment, continued aftercare programs will be available to ensure that the principals learned in treatment are carried on throughout the patient’s life. Relapse prevention techniques are also strengthened by attending support group meetings regularly, such as the 12-step program. Nearly half of the recovering addicts that relapse, do so within the first year following their treatment. Aftercare programs focus on ensuring that a recovering addict stays sober during this time, as well as future situations that may trigger a relapse.
Relapse does not mean that the person has failed, as many people relapse multiple times before finally remaining sober. With the help of aftercare programs, slips in recovery can be effectively managed. Addiction recovery can be realized and maintained through the professional help and support that rehab facilities offer patients.
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