It may sound strange, but one of the hurdles some addicts face when seeking addiction treatment and therapy, is time. There is very little room for what seems like an overwhelming and time-consuming medical, psychological and emotional journey to start in what seems like an already full life.
However, recovery is not one size fits all, and recovery programs offer a vast variety of choices in methods, patient management styles, and above all, lifestyle management. While many recovery programs focus on the residential side of treatment, where a patient admits to a facility for a few weeks, undergoes detoxification (or medically managed withdrawal from the substance(s) that are the focus of the addiction), gets to a stable medical standpoint, and then begins therapy and treatment, that’s not the only way to approach sobriety. In fact, the truth of the matter is that most recovery programs offer outpatient options as well as residential treatment.
There are plenty of myths surrounding outpatient treatment. Some people believe that the recovery rates are not as high, because the patient is not removed from their former habits, social circles and triggers for enough time to adjust their thinking about their addiction. However, statistics reflect that outpatient therapy is equally effective for patients in many scenarios. Certainly where outpatient therapy is the only choice, it’s better than continuing in the spiral and stress of addiction. Also, contrary to common thinking, recovery candidates who are dealing with medical or mental health issues outside of addiction can benefit from outpatient recovery programs. And while it is commonly thought that inpatient programs offer the patient more substantial attention, including individual and group therapy, the outpatient treatment models have evolved to include those features as well. In fact, outpatient therapy will often primarily focus on cognitive and behavioral skills that will help the patient avoid relapse.
Like residential recovery programs, the key to the effectiveness of the recovery is the quality of the program and treatment staff. A day treatment program which is not intensive enough will amount to less than a high-school drug awareness class. However, intensive and heavily managed outpatient recovery programs offer the support, education, and therapy that an addict needs to return to a productive and happy life, without sacrificing the ongoing responsibilities and support of living at home.
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