What You Need To Know About Outpatient Alcohol Rehab

Outpatient vs. Inpatient Therapy

Outpatient alcohol rehab is a treatment program developed for those who need help to overcome alcohol use disorder (AUD) while still being able to work or study or be at home with their families. For a recovering alcoholic, outpatient treatment provides a support structure that equips them with the skills they’ll need to make a lasting lifestyle change.

Outpatient vs. Inpatient Therapy

There are significant differences between outpatient and inpatient therapy. Deciding to change your relationship with alcohol is a crucial first step toward recovery—a process that can be benefited greatly with a specialized rehabilitation program.

There are a number of alcohol abuse treatments, including therapy, counseling, and detox. Your needs and the severity of your alcohol use problem will help determine which treatment program is right for you.

Inpatient Rehab Programs

Inpatient rehabilitation programsare residential treatment programs aimed at treating serious addictions. These programs typically range between 28 days and 6 months. During this time, the patient has 24-hour medical and emotional support. Inpatient treatment can be expensive and disruptive to normal life. For some addictions, however, this is often the best option.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

Intensive outpatient therapy allows patients to continue participating in normal day-to-day activities while providing a strong support system to walk them through the challenging journey to sobriety.

An intensive outpatient program is great for someone with a less intense addiction and a strong desire to make a change.

The first phase of intensive outpatient therapy is six weeks. After completing the first phase, an individual treatment plan is tailored to the specific needs of the patient that will specify how long treatment will continue. IOPs are more affordable than inpatient therapy and less disruptive to normal life.

When Is It Time To Get Help?

How do you know when your drinking has become destructive to your life? Here are some of the clear signs:

  • You regularly need a drink to cope with life.
  • Your drinking habits are affecting your ability to work or study.
  • Your relationships are taking strain because of drinking.
  • You can’t say no to a drink.
  • You need a drink as a “pick-me-up” in the morning.

Intensive Outpatient Alcohol Rehab – Why It Works

Making the decision to take your life back from the control of alcohol is the first step on a journey to a new and healthy life, full of possibilities. Success in your lifestyle change will take more than just willpower.

  • Withdrawal symptoms may start in 6 – 24 hours after your last drink. Practical support from those who know and understand withdrawal symptoms and how to get through them makes a big difference during the recovery process.

  • Practical planning for sobriety will help you get a mental picture of the life you want to have free from addiction and will equip you with practical skills to get there.

  • For lasting change, thinking patterns will need to be relearned. Learn to recognize and change thought patterns that could sabotage you and keep you from walking away from addiction permanently.

  • Intensive outpatient treatment teaches practical skills to recognize and avoid trigger situations, thoughts, and emotions.

  • Intensive outpatient programs will teach you skills to manage the challenges of daily life without needing drugs or alcohol.

  • Learn practical ways to manage your emotions. Emotions are powerful motivators than can either help or hinder your recovery. Learn to manage them in healthy ways that make it possible for you to succeed.

  • Meet your personal, group, and court-related goals.

Considering Fifth Street Counseling Center? Here’s What To Expect

Call and speak with one of our staff members; they will be able to answer any questions that you have. They will take you through an intake interview and develop an individual treatment plan. You will begin meeting one-on-one with counselors and will then join a small group. The group meetings at Fifth Street Counseling Center are informal, relaxed, and scheduled three times a week, making it possible for you to keep up with all your normal daily commitments.

Deciding to make a change is something only you can do, but the journey to sobriety doesn’t have to be traveled alone. Call 954-797-5222 or schedule an appointment online today.

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