In the United States alone there are 14.4 million cases of alcohol use disorders (AUD).
88 thousand people die from untreated alcohol use disorders.
You don’t have to be one of them.
Alcohol addiction is completely treatable with the right type of treatment for each individual. Discovery Point Retreat’s clinicians develop treatment plans addressing the underlying causes of addiction, triggers, negative inner dialogue, cognitive distortions, and the medical side effects of alcohol addiction, including delirium tremens.
Outpatient alcohol rehab allows people in recovery the freedom to continue their normal day-to-day schedule. Those who choose outpatient alcohol programs complete rehabilitation while maintaining professions, family obligations, and continuing education.
The beauty of outpatient treatment for alcohol is the freedom to return home at the end of session, rather than residing in a rehabilitation facility.
Clients newly completing inpatient rehabilitation take the next step to test newly founded coping mechanisms, trigger avoidance and staying away from environments facilitating substance abuse.
Outpatient alcohol programs typically meet three to five or five to seven times a week. Scheduling is based on one’s progress and recovery needs. No two cases are ever the same. During session clients have the ability to express newfound difficulties in recovery outside of a monitored rehab center.
Outpatient alcohol rehabilitation is not for newly diagnosed persons with alcohol use disorders- outpatient programs are coupled with inpatient addiction treatment before enrollment.
One without the other is not the full continuum of care for recovery.
What is Alcohol Addiction?
Not everyone who drinks alcohol is addicted to alcohol.
Even those who binge drink regularly may not have an alcohol use disorder (AUD).
What constitutes alcohol addiction?
AUD is a disease causing changes to your brain and neurochemistry. As a result, people with alcohol addictions find it nearly impossible to control their drinking.
As a function of neurochemistry imbalances, the brain and body do not function properly without alcohol. The chemical imbalances alcohol addiction creates poses everyday problems for living life normally.
Typically those with severe AUDs are not able to function normally.
This is indicative of a substance use disorder and is an example of chemical dependence. Addiction is not a choice- it is a scientifically-proven medical condition.
Many factors contribute to an individual developing alcohol addiction including behavioral, genetic, gender, race, and socioeconomic factors.
Those with a predisposition for substance use disorders often have family members who suffer from addiction. Addiction is genetic and manifests in environments of abuse or trauma, relaxed environments in concern to alcohol consumptions, and untreated mental health disorders.
Many drink to excess to feel normal, or to escape depression, rage, anxiety, and innumerable internal maladies.
How do you know when someone is addicted to Alcohol?
Below are telltale signs someone may have an alcohol use disorder:
- Inability to cut down on drinking
- Neglecting responsibilities to drink
- Blacking out
- Drinking in secret or hiding alcohol
- Feeling hungover when not drinking
- Drinking more than planned
- Increasing tolerance, needing to drink more to get drunk
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking
- Problems at work and in relationships because of drinking
- Destructive behavior
If you know anyone who exhibits these signs or you’re struggling yourself, learn more about our outpatient alcohol programs.
Acknowledging you need help is the first step to recovering.
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Why is Outpatient Alcohol Rehab Effective?
Outpatient alcohol rehab is one of many ways to treat alcohol addiction or AUD. It is a flexible form of treatment that doesn’t require clients to live within the facility providing treatment. As a result, attending rehab won’t affect your daily responsibilities whether it’s work, school, or family commitments.
Outpatient rehabilitation offers people in recovery the opportunity to adjust their post-treatment plans as new hurdles reveal themselves, or as one progresses into the continuing stages of sobriety.
The Three Types of Outpatient Alcohol Programs
During day treatment, clients spend several hours throughout the day receiving instruction from clinicians, therapists, and addiction professionals to continue one’s path to sobriety. There are two scheduling options clients may select from.
Full-day and half-day programs determine the amount of treatment time within one session. Those with more complicated alcohol use disorders receive longer treatment sessions more frequently throughout the week.
Whereas those on the way to recovery who are coping well and not displaying symptoms or red flags of relapse attend treatment less frequently throughout the week.
Intensive Outpatient Programs
Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) tackle addiction vigorously.
Clients begin treatment with specific goals to achieve through the duration of IOP. To reach these goals clients work with addiction professionals to assimilate into functioning in everyday society.
Goals may include continuing one’s education, securing a profession, fixing familial relationships, reestablishing hobbies, traveling, or joining peer help groups.
Whatever they are, Discovery Point Recovery helps clients craft step-by-step aftercare strategies to achieve reasonable short-term and long-term goals.
IOP offers care both in the day and nighttime. Granting clients who are still in danger of relapsing a safe place to go any time of the day for care.
Continuing care is the last stage of outpatient rehab programs.
Clients receive support through continuing care groups, helping maintain sobriety.
Clients choose which groups they attend. Some people in recovery attend once a week while others come in for treatment twice weekly. During group meetings, you can share positive achievements and areas you’re facing challenges.
Groups are run by a licensed therapist.
Some groups of interest include support for the LGBTQ communty, and groups divided by age bracket to tackle common everyday challenges and necessities for living productively.
What is a Day in Outpatient Rehab Like?
A day in outpatient rehab can be intense, but it is necessary for recovery.
Essentially, treatment within an alcohol outpatient rehab program consists of attending group therapy, possibly receiving medical treatment, and continuing to craft an aftercare plan agumenting strengths and rectifying weaknesses.
Each person’s experience in outpatient rehabilitation is different, but there are a few core elements each client completes to some degree in their treatment.
The first step in receiving outpatient treatment for alcohol is medical detoxification.
Those who have been drinking alcohol over an extended period of time require detox to cleanse the body of all traces of alcohol.
During this period many go through delirium tremens (DT), a potentially fatal condition caused directly by alcohol use disorders. Those detoxing themselves are at great risk of injury or death without the skilled hands of a clinical staff.
Many attempt to eschew medical detoxification because of the following symptoms of withdrawal:
- Loss of appetite
- Fast heartbeat
- Loss of appetite
Feeling anxious is normal, but you can get through it with the right support.
Withdrawal symptoms may become severe and put your life at risk. Do not attempt to detox on your own.
When clients go through inpatient medical detox correctly, they are closely monitored by experienced professionals who ensure any
complications stemming from withdrawal are treated immediately.
The most important part of alcohol detox is one’s safety.
What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the cornerstone of addiction medicine treatment.
CBT is a psychological treatment tackling negative thought patterns and beliefs fueling addiction. CBT is effective in treating a range of conditions including anxiety, depression, addiction, and mental health disorders.
Behavioral Therapies Offered at Discovery Point Retreat
Sitting down and talking to a therapist isn’t the only way to receive therapy.
Modalities like recreational therapy make receiving treatment fun, social, and engaging.
Recreational therapy is a treatment modality using recreation and other activities to address addiction and mental illnesses. Treatment helps people in recovery develop healthy coping skills, new inner self-talk, and positive behaviors for living a sober life.
Treatment also tackles functioning on a day-to-day basis and creating and maintaining emotionally healthy relationships with the people around you.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Sometimes addiction is triggered by an inability to manage painful emotions or handle tough situations. If this is the case for you, DBT can help!
This form of talk-therapy works by providing therapeutic skills in all four core areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Created to treat borderline personality disorder, its efficacy is extended to treat depression, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse. By the end of therapy, clients are better at managing negative emotions and communicating with others.
The 12 steps outline twelve guiding principles of addiction recovery and acknowledges one’s helplessness to alcohol. The program is centered around the need for help from a higher power.
Through this process, clients reconcile with their past and make peace with the people they’ve hurt along the way.
The 12 step treatment modality is conducted in a group setting. Sharing like-experiences with other people who are struggling with addiction is incredibly effective for support and the sense of not being alone.
Should clients find themselves wanting to continue the 12 steps, programs are offered in post-recovery.
How Can I Pay for Outpatient Alcohol Rehab?
If you’ve decided that based on the information provided outpatient rehab is right for you, or a loved one, you may be wondering how to finance alcohol addiction treatment.
Discovery Point Retreat works with clients on a one-on-one basis to find payment solutions for alcohol rehab treatment.
Call to work out the details!
We’ll help screen your insurance and offer payment options within our recovery networks if available.
For those who don’t have access to insurance, we recommend exploring personal loans with low-interest rates.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) offers grants for rehabilitation and mental health services one may apply for. Ensure to sign up for updates for new funding opportunities- treatment beds aren’t available for long and are often limited.
One may also consider financing treatment on a credit card.
Choosing the Right Outpatient Treatment for Alcohol
Choosing the right alcohol rehabilitation center is the most important pre-step of going into treatment.
Ensure the rehabilitation centers in consideration are accredited and offer evidence-based treatment. Speak with staff members to get a sense of the facility, and ask for a facility tour. This will give you an opportunity to see the premises before you commit.
Taking time to ensure one’s recovery environment fits is necessary for the most effective treatment.
Find a rehab center adept in treating a variety of mental health conditions, as these co-occurring disorders must be rectified during rehabilitation for success in sobriety.
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