Outpatient alcohol / addiction treatment programs support active recovery. The seek to offer the same core components as full residential whilst adapting to the reality of all clients being able to return to a home each night. There is of course an off licence, pub or a willing dealer between any outpatient treatment provider and home. Therapy is challenging, often emotionally painful. It can be tough to stay in therapy and not relapse. However, a good outpatient program is better than a bad inpatient service.
Outpatient and home detox services exist. Outpatient Primary Therapy relies upon a person being fit to travel and attend.
A good outpatient treatment program is often group led with a multi skilled care team. Education and intensive daily therapy groups working to undermine the triggers for relapse. The program will include introduction to a full range of therapy types and other support organisations.
The program will seek to address nutrition, exercise, family issues, health issues, life purpose and work or vocational goals. The outpatient treatment program will support the recovery and management of addiction or alcohol induced problems and consequences. Finances, work, college, family, social, legal, physical health are all looked in need of some care post active addiction.
Accessibility is the primary need for effective outpatient. Early recovery is tough. A long and arduous commute to the daily program is unrealistic. The treatment needs to be local, or the client needs to relocate for the duration of the intensive Primary OutPatient program.
Type of program. Is it a 3 , 5 or 7 day per week program.
Medical cover, support for emerging mental health issues, access to psychiatry, psychology.
Client groups vary in demographics. Matching the clients addiction history, diversity, personality all need consideration.
Financial considerations should include the program cost, but factor in accommodation, food, transport. All of these can make outpatient treatment a similar price as some full residential programs.
Who Can Benefit From Outpatient Programs ?
- Early onset of alcoholism or addiction. Quantity and frequency and consequences are relatively light.
- Short term problems coupled with motivation to sort it out now, before it gets to bad.
- Stable, safe home environment where family are also engaging with the family program.
- Supported by work, college, employer or key people.
- Professional sports people where the ongoing training compliments the outpatient therapy.
- Intervention clients unwilling to accept the need for inpatient. If outpatient works, great if not, is a pathway to full inpatient.