One of the biggest challenges to addiction recovery is that the individual must first get clean or sober. By the time the individual makes it to a rehab facility, he or she has already tried to get clean multiple times, but the addiction just proves too powerful for the individual. The withdrawal symptoms they experience are often severe and can be life-threatening. Additionally, they often experience intense cravings that are too intense to resist without help.
This doesn’t mean getting clean is impossible. In many cases, a medical detox is the only way for an addict to successfully get clean or sober. It involves the use of professionally administered medication, which mimics the drug or alcohol, so withdrawal symptoms and cravings can be controlled. This makes it a little easier for the individual to stay clean, while the moderated medication helps keep the withdrawal symptoms within more manageable tolerances. Once the individual starts to adjust to the detox program, he or she can begin addiction counseling.
Are Detox Services Available in Outpatient Programs?
While detox services are available in outpatient rehab programs, they’re not intended for everyone. People who suffer from severe addictions often relapse after trying an outpatient detox. For this reason, this option is recommended for those with mild to moderate addictions. If you can’t resist the temptation to use drugs or alcohol, it’s unlikely that an outpatient detox plan is the right choice. While it is a lower cost alternative, it won’t do you much good if you’re going to end up in an inpatient plan anyway.
An outpatient detox is ideal for those who can resist the triggers that caused their addiction. In particular, individuals who work full time, have family obligations, and can rely on a strong social support system have the best chances for success. For these individuals, the outpatient plan is the better alternative, because it allows them to continue functioning in society. They can stay connected with their spouse and children, continue to meet career obligations, and tend to other responsibilities as they go through the detox program.
What Are Withdrawal Symptoms Like in Outpatient Detox?
Although the addiction is less severe, the individual should still expect some of the same withdrawal symptoms any addict would experience. The difference is that the symptoms will likely be less intense, or they may occur less frequently. Additionally, each substance produces different withdrawal symptoms, so the experience won’t be the same for any two recovering addicts.Some common addiction withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
There may be more severe symptoms, depending on your type of addiction. Even if your dependency is mild, you may still experience serious withdrawal symptoms, so it’s important to communicate openly with your detox caregivers. They may need to extend your detox period, or they may suggest methods for coping with more severe symptoms.
What’s Involved in Outpatient Drug Detox?
As you begin the outpatient detox program, you’ll have to adhere to an intensive schedule. You’ll be expected to report for treatment to a doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital on a daily basis. As you adjust to the detox treatments and experience reduced withdrawal symptoms, you’ll no longer need day to day treatments. At this point, you’ll only have to report for treatments between one to three times per week.
Your first appointment will be the longest, lasting up to one hour. This is because your detox team will require additional time to evaluate your condition. The assessment will include a medical exam, questions about your drug use, and questions about your medical history. This will help your caregivers customize a detox plan for you. After this initial visit, your appointments should only take 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Some people require a more intensive outpatient detox program, which may involve longer sessions. These sessions may last a couple of hours, depending on your situation. Your treatment appointments can be scheduled for days or nights, depending on the facility and your daily schedule.
Committing to get clean is the first step in recovering from your addiction. If you want to learn more about outpatient detox services, contact us at 833-762-3739. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to talk to you about your treatment needs. Together, we can help you get clean, so you can begin a recovery program that will help you start a new life.