The Benefits of Outpatient Detox
If you’ve realized that you need to sign up for a detoxification program but the resultant disruptions to your daily routine seem to be stopping you from taking the next step forward, consider visiting an outpatient detox center to learn more about the treatment facilities and options available to you. You can receive treatment to attain sobriety while continuing to work and/or keep up with family obligations. It is also easy on your pocket as you do not need to take leave from work or foot a hefty bill for 24/7 medical care.
Is Outpatient Detox the Right Choice for You?
Outpatient detox programs are suitable for patients who have a stable and safe environment at home along with a strong support system in the form of family members, friends and colleagues. These factors play a vital role in drawing up an effective treatment plan. They form a critical part of the planning process, as the key is to develop a strategy before the treatment begins in order to limit access to substances of abuse as well as restrict opportunities to encounter triggers. Often, family members and friends are encouraged to participate in counseling sessions so that they have a better understanding and become more supportive and involved in the recovery process.
What Should You Expect At OutpatientDetox Treatment?
Entering a rehab facility can prove to be an intimidating experience, particularly for first-timers. Before you sign up for an outpatient detox program, it always helps to have a comprehensive understanding of the services, treatment options, timeframe, and schedules so you have realistic expectations about the outcome.
Typically, an initial intake assessment is carried out before enrolling a patient in an outpatient detox program. The person’s medical history is reviewed along with the history of substance abuse and attempts at recovery. A team of medical professionals comprising doctors, nurses, and support staff (like counselors and therapists) develops a personalized detox plan for each patient based on specific needs.
The clinical team focuses on multiple aspects and parameters like a patient’s physical health, underlying mental health issues, the severity of the addiction, age, gender, substances used, and relationships. During the course of treatment, the initial treatment plan is monitored and updated regularly.
Psychotherapy remains the cornerstone of a majority of outpatient detox programs. Patients are required to attend individual counseling sessions as well as group therapy on a daily or weekly basis to share their success stories, as well as shed their stigma and talk about their struggles. Psychological support is a vital tool in the early stage of recovery; relapse is likely without adequate support during detox programs.
Does Medication Help?
Medicines may be prescribed to reduce cravings, ease withdrawal symptoms, address specific withdrawal symptoms like nausea, and replace the drug of abuse; over-the-counter painkillers may be given to provide relief in aches and pains. Patients are gradually weaned off the maintenance drugs over weeks or months.
Additionally, patients may also be provided with alternative forms of pain and symptom management like adequate hydration, massage therapy, and balanced nutrition.
What We Do at CNT
We use the same proven protocols and medications (Suboxone, Librium, Valium, etc.) used in an inpatient setting. We do not provide rapid detoxification from opiates as it is not proven to be safe. All detox-related medications are provided by CNT at no cost to the patient.
Nurses and ASAM board-certified physicians monitor progress throughout the day and titrate medications. Each day consists of 8 hours of structured treatment – group/individual therapy and self-help groups. Family involvement is strongly encouraged. The length of stay is between 7 and 14 days.
In contrast to inpatient detoxification, clients can return to the comfort of his or her own bed each night. We provide Wi-Fi access and allow our clients to keep their cell phones, which helps minimize the disruption to a patient’s daily life, as he/she can stay in touch with family, work and school. Also, clients are able to practice the skills they learned and come back the next day and discuss what worked and what they struggled with. Therapists will work individually with patients to help them in areas they struggle with.
If you or your loved one struggling from alcohol or drug addiction, please reach out to an outpatient detoxification and rehabilitation center as soon as possible