Drug and alcohol rehab takes on many different forms in order to treat the different kinds of abuse and addiction. For example, while most of us think of residential rehab as the main vehicle for helping hard-core addicts, there is also outpatient and day therapies more suited others.
Outpatient services can be found through a number of channels, including the NHS, community-based groups, charitable organisations, professional counsellors, support groups, and private clinics. The whole range of choices gives those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction the opportunity to take advantage of what is best suited to them.
Helping you access outpatient services is what we do best. Our mission is to be a comprehensive referral and consulting service able to match every patient with the appropriate care providers regardless of circumstances. We can help you find the treatment you need to get well.
How Outpatient Care Works
The main idea behind outpatient care can be found in the name itself. The word ‘out’ denotes the fact that the patient does not remain at the healthcare facility overnight. This is in contrast to inpatient care, where the patient remains at the clinic for the duration of his or her drug or alcohol treatment.
In an outpatient setting, the recovering addict is required to visit a healthcare facility on a regular basis. The schedule will likely be once per day during the early stages of rehab. As the addict goes through his or her programme, the visits may be every other day or only a couple of times per week. Of course, all of that is up to the caseworkers in charge of managing the individual therapies.
You can take advantage of outpatient and day therapies including:
cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
group and one-on-one counselling
life skills training.
Although outpatient detox is a therapy that been used for quite a while now, it is one that is still debated in terms of its effectiveness. It is also one that definitely has its pros and cons.
On the positive side, outpatient detox is easier on the recovering addict, less expensive to administer, and allows the opportunity for family members to be involved in the process. Outpatient detox is preferred over inpatient detox for those whose addictions are not terribly severe.
On the negative side, outpatient detox is much more difficult to complete successfully if the recovering addict’s home life and daily circumstances are not supportive of the effort. The right environment must exist for this type of therapy to ultimately be successful.
You also need to be aware of the fact that outpatient detox is usually based on the medicated model. In other words, your GP will provide you with prescription medication designed to ease the process of withdrawal. However, without a commitment from you to get well, you may end up substituting your addictive substances with the prescription medications afforded you.
Once a recovering addict has completed his or her outpatient detox programme, the next step is to get them involved in rehab therapies. These therapies are typically organised into what is known as a ‘day programme’. The programme obviously takes its name from the fact that clients travel to provider sites, where they spend anywhere from several hours to the entire day undergoing different therapies. At the end of the day, each addict returns home.
Day programmes can involve just about any type of therapy those offering the programme decide to utilise. Some of the more common examples include things like group counselling, one-on-one counselling, and various physical and mental challenges. Most of the clinics we work with also employ both cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and 12-step work.
CBT is a goal-oriented counselling programme provided by a trained professional. The therapist will assess the recovering addict’s circumstances, devise a series of goals to be reached during the therapy, and then guide the recovering addict through the programme. The fact that it is goal oriented is in stark contrast to many of the more open-ended therapy options out there. In most cases, CBT can be completed in 12 to 15 sessions.
As for the 12-step work, it is designed to help recovering addicts take ownership of their futures. Alcoholics Anonymous originally created the 12-step programme in the 1930s; it has since been adapted by hundreds of groups all around the world dealing with nearly every kind of addiction.
Among all of the outpatient and day therapies available to recovering addicts, perhaps none is more important for long-term success then group support. Group support is what you would find if you joined a group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Nar-Anon.
Therapists love the idea of group support, and with good reason. It offers a number of very tangible benefits:
Fellowship – It is not uncommon for a drug addict or alcoholic to believe he or she is alone in the world. In a group setting however, he or she enjoys fellowship with others who are going through the exact same things. That fellowship provides a measure of encouragement and hope.
Support – Most of the recovering addicts in a given support group generally want to see everyone else succeed. To that end, they typically support one another by providing a listening ear, offering some much-needed encouragement, and so on.
Accountability – At the other end of the support spectrum is accountability. Each member of a support group is responsible for holding the others accountable as much as possible. By the same token, the individual does not want to let the entire group down by his or her own failure. The mutual accountability is one of the most important aspects of group support.
Outpatient and day therapies are one option for those struggling with alcohol or drug issues. If you are currently facing your own struggle, we invite you to contact us right away. We can talk about the outpatient and day therapies suitable for your circumstances or, if necessary, look at other avenues. In either case, we want to help you break free of your addiction.