Is an Outpatient Detox Right For You?

Finding the right outpatient alcohol detox program for an early stage alcoholic is probably the best way to start recovery. There are mainly three types of rehabilitation facilities to choose from, an outpatient alcohol detox is just one of them.

Who qualifies for an outpatient alcohol detox? Well, normally, and there isn’t a written rule on this, just statistics. It is usually an alcoholic who is still functional, someone who possibly still has a job and in good standing there and someone who’s life is still somewhat manageable on the outside. However, what draws them into an outpatient alcohol detox is their inability to stop and what happens to them when they do drink. They are normally on the edge of losing their job, relationship, and possibly even housing. And, but for the grace of God, or a higher power, or even an intervention of some sort, they have decided to make a change.

An outpatient detoxification tends to be the least invasive and the least time consuming compared to a 24 hour/7 day/4 week inpatient program. The treatment is somewhat straight forward and involves group and/or individual therapy and counseling. In general though, the time spent in this type of detox can vary from person to person and can go from weeks to months. It is considered to be a very successful way for early stage alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Each outpatient detox has its own set of guidelines, and learning to ask questions and for general addiction advice is helpful. They can be stringent or in some cases a little bit more lax, but there is a theme through each set of rules.

  • No alcohol or drug use,
  • Compliance to rules and respect to others in the recovery detox,
  • Frequent and consistent visits, daily or three times per week,
  • They live in a safe place during outpatient detox and the rehabilitation period,
  • Patient agrees if outpatient alcohol detoxification and rehab is unsuccessful they will enter an inpatient program.

However the detoxification and rehabilitation program is taken, there are other important factors to consider. The alcoholic must want to recover, to have a desire to stop drinking, and this is a program of recovery. It doesn’t just stop after an outpatient alcohol detox.

2 thoughts on “Is an Outpatient Detox Right For You?

  1. Riyantie

    There are usually state feudnd re-habs and at a low cost or nothing at all. Type in your state ex: Oklahoma state drug rehab or something of that nature. Hope this helps. Or you could call a local hospital and they may be helpful. I had to do the same thing and it took awhile to find one that was affordable. I was not court ordered, but on my Attorney’s suggestion. The outcome of the deal I was in, was not good. I would get into one asap, be a trooper and get with their program, because they will write a report and give it to the judge. And yes he will take that into consideration. Good Luck to you.

    1. Recovery Rob Post author


      Thank you for the outreach and the comment. You are so incredibly right about being a ‘trooper and get with their program.” I think the sooner anyone starts down the path of sobriety the better — even if relapse occurs. More often times than not, people go through multiple relapses until they figure it out. The most important part is to DO something.

      Thanks again!



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