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What is Outpatient Detox?

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The decision to quit drinking or using drugs is often a voluntary one. For others, the decision is made after intervention efforts on behalf of family, friends or the legal system. Despite the circumstances, you know you need help and one of your very first questions might be, “Do I need an inpatient rehab or an outpatient detox facility?” In order to answer that question, let’s look at some of the issues you’ll need to consider.

Making Informed Decisions

When you’re deciding about detox, it’s a good idea to reach out to a counselor or therapist who is familiar with addictions. Talk openly and honestly with that person about your history of substance abuse and what happens when you try to stop on your own (if you have). The feedback that you get, along with his or her professional recommendations, will help steer you toward an informed decision.

Inpatient and Outpatient Differences

With both inpatient and an outpatient detox programs, you’ll receive medical supervision and emotional support. The biggest difference between the two – and where your self-honesty is most needed – is whether you need the structure of an inpatient facility or if you can safely rely on the support of family, classmates or co-workers while you’re in an outpatient program. To find the answer, ask yourself the following:
  • Do you suffer from mild addiction symptoms? Or severe addiction symptoms?
  • Do you have a solid support system – friends, family members or co-workers – who will serve as pillars of strength for you as you go through an outpatient treatment program?
  • Have you tried to quit using drugs or alcohol before, only to relapse shortly thereafter?
  • Are you dependent on a substance that requires a supervised medical detox prior to entering a rehab facility? This is a requirement of some drugs/alcohol simply because of their potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms.

Additional Factors and Benefits

In addition to your own personal support system, it will be important to consider the cost of the outpatient detox program and its location. Remember; you’ll be making lots of trips – often with others driving you – so the distance between where you live and where the detox is located should definitely be taken into consideration. Overall, if you’re determined to be a good candidate, the advantages of an outpatient detox program include:
  • A greater amount of social support
  • Fewer disruptions in your daily/life activities
  • Easier to maintain employment and personal relationships
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