Addressing a drug or alcohol problem through outpatient treatment provides an opportunity for individuals to seek help for their addiction while continuing with their daily commitments. Outpatients who come to rehabilitation at The Dunes East Hampton can expect the same quality medical care and therapies, but are able to return home, or to a sober living facility, at the end of the day.
Who Will Benefit from Outpatient Rehab?
Outpatient rehab requires a commitment from the client. Taking part in outpatient rehab does not always remove a client from the stresses and triggers that occur in their everyday life. In fact, it can leave addicts vulnerable to all the temptations that provoked the behavior to start.
For outpatient rehab to be successful, each individual must make a commitment to getting well and hold themselves accountable during the process. “Cheating” through outpatient rehabilitation is a waste of time for both the patient and medical professionals who are trusted with your care, but especially for the patient who is the one set to benefit most from a successful outcome.
Often facilities will perform drug tests and check-ins throughout the process to make sure that clients are adhering with the program, but once the decision is made to seek treatment, the commitment to sobriety best not be broken.
For Whom Outpatient Rehab Really Works
Outpatient rehab at The Dunes East Hampton is most effective for the person who’s ready and willing to be personally accountable; people who have a desire to secede from the addiction and become well in order to live a clean and fulfilling life.
Adults who recognize their want to move onto a new and sober chapter in their lives, parents who want to provide a stable life for their family members, and business professionals who have become entrapped by poor choices but now realize that they’ve caused more turmoil than increased efficiency, are all examples of clients who find success with our programs.
When Outpatient Rehab is Less Effective than Residential Care
Inpatient rehab is typically more effective for individuals with a severe dependence or when withdrawal from a specific substance incurs serious side effects. In instances such as these, the client is at less medical risk when they are supported by a residential medical team.
Certain substances have particularly malevolent side effects which often require medical intervention. Also, while going through the initial withdrawal process, the individual may feel that they are at their lowest point and experience the desire to use once again. Being present in a facility at this difficult time can be the difference between success and relapse.
Young people who are more easily open to suggestion may find outpatient therapy difficult. Peer pressure is often a huge factor in the decision to use or not to use. With inpatient care, the removal of outside pressures has been found to greatly assist in breaking the cycle of substance abuse.
Types of Outpatient Rehab
Outpatient rehab programs can vary according to the needs of the individual. It can be almost as intensive as inpatient therapies if needed, or much less so if more applicable to the patient’s circumstances. A partial hospitalization program often follows residential treatment and precedes outpatient programs but can be integrated into outpatient care from the start. With this type of program, patients will receive hands-on medical care from 4-6 hours per day for as many as five days per week and is most successful with the support of family involvement.
Intensive outpatient care programs are often an additional option where patients commonly spend 3 hours per day/3 times per week in care. Sessions taper off as the individual gains control of their abstinence. Similar to partial hospitalization programs, strong family support will greatly enhance the patient’s rehabilitation success.
Therapy as an outpatient can include many different types of support such as Cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and family therapy sessions. Often, programs such as these incorporate contingency management which uses stimulus control and positive reinforcement to change behavior.
Outpatient Care Provides the Steps to Long-Term Wellness
Addiction and dependency often leave their participants living a life for which they never wished. Outpatient services best help clients in the early stages directly following withdrawal to develop the strategies and techniques needed to deal with future and lifelong temptation.
Even after years of sobriety, perpetuation of care helps to keep the “sober” in sober-living.