Outpatient Detox, an Alternative

Kicking an addiction, whether it is drugs or alcohol, is a major accomplishment, and treatment of any sort usually includes a group therapy of some sort. Counseling of some sort is essential; cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling and other forms of therapy approaches can assist people who follow addiction advice to stay clean and sober.

If you are abusing alcohol or drugs and don’t feel at this point you are dependent upon them, or maybe you’re considering an alcohol or drug treatment program, but the thought of spending time away from work and home is too frightening, or just not for you right now, there is a very good alternative. An outpatient detox might be the right thing for you.

Consult your doctor if you’d like to quit. Your doctor can help you decide what the best form of treatment is for you, and he or she can help you find the support you’ll need to safely go through any withdrawal symptoms that might occur. Some people have painful withdrawal and some don’t, but it is helpful to let your doctor in on your plan. He or she can help you through, making it safer, less painful, and quicker – with or without any medications.

If you find you cannot quit on your own, an outpatient detox might be the right thing to do. It will help you get through the first craving for alcohol or drugs as you are learning to stay sober.

An outpatient detox treatment is generally when you go to a mental health clinic, treatment facility, or even a hospital clinic on a regular basis. Your doctor can help you make the decision on how often per week you should attend. The choice might depend upon:

  1. How severe your addiction is,
  2. Your mental health,
  3. Your family support, and
  4. Your living situation.

However you and your doctor decide to move forward, it is important to go to outpatient detox sessions regularly and to get other types of support. Having support from loved ones, good transportation and a stable living situation are vital to your continued success.

Most importantly is your commitment to a sober lifestyle.


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