How Does Outpatient Rehab Compare To A Residential Drug Treatment Center?

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If you’re considering going into a drug treatment program, you may be wondering if you should go to an outpatient rehab or a residential one. Here are some of the differences between each of these options.

Residential Treatment

You may choose to go to a residential drug treatment center regardless of your level of addiction. Some people do better in the constantly supportive environment. You will not waste valuable time thinking about how you can get your drug of choice. It’s simply not available. If you’re addicted to alcohol, benzodiazepines or barbiturates, you will need medically supervised detox. All three of these drug groups can produce dangerous withdrawal symptoms that are best managed under constant professional supervision.

If you have tried to quit your drug of choice on your own in the past and failed, residential treatment is probably your best option. The same is true for addictions that have existed for many years. Residential drug treatment offers the structured environment that you need.

The first step in residential drug treatment is detox. During this time, you will be gradually withdrawn from your drug of choice. Certain medications will be used to keep you comfortable as the drug leaves your system. After detox, you will participate in a daily program of counseling, therapy and other activities. You will learn why you began to abuse drugs in the first place. Understanding this is critical to your recovery. You will also learn tools that will help you to remain clean after you have returned to your normal life. Quality residential drug treatment centers also offer aftercare. Aftercare is a special program designed to support newly recovering addicts. Be sure you take advantage of it.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is best suited for those with lower-level addictions that have not yet progressed very far. You will attend classes during certain daytime or evening hours. You will be able to live at home, work and attend to family responsibilities. You will receive therapy and counseling, but it’s not on a 24-hour basis. Because you’re still out in the world, drugs will be available. People choosing outpatient treatment must be highly motivated and able to resist temptation. Expect to be drug-tested by the outpatient facility. They want to be sure that you’re clean of your drug of choice while you are attending their program.

Outpatient treatment is much cheaper than inpatient treatment. It also has the advantage of being much less intrusive into your life routine. There is no need to be absent from your home, family and life for 30 days or more. However, it’s not for everyone. In some cases, residential drug treatment is required. It’s best to speak to a drug treatment counselor before you decide. They can best direct you to the best options available to you in your individual case.

Therapy Used In Treatment Centers

There are many different types of therapy used in drug treatment facilities. Most people have heard of the 12-Step Program, but there are many others. Some treatment centers don’t use the 12-Step program at all. Here are some common, effective, evidence-based therapy protocols used in drug treatment.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or CBT

It’s most effective for those with addictions to amphetamine, nicotine, alcohol and marijuana. This therapy centers around awareness of problems that are likely to occur as addicts try to remain sober. It offers solutions and coping tools for common problems that addicts are likely to face after they leave treatment.

Contingency Management Interventions

This therapy is especially effective for those who abuse opioids or cocaine. It uses a reward system to encourage abstinence from drugs. For every clean urine sample the client provides, they receive a voucher that they can redeem for things such as food and entertainment. Former addicts may also win cash prizes for remaining clean. For each clean urine test, the client earns the chance to draw for cash prizes worth up to $100.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

In this type of therapy, the client first takes a series of certain tests. After this, the client meets with an addiction therapist for several sessions of intense individual therapy. The therapist uses special motivational techniques to help the addict recognize why they need to change their lives and stop abusing drugs. This type of therapy reinforces the client’s motivation and resolve to sustain long-term sobriety.

Group Therapy

Not everyone is comfortable talking about personal issues in front of others, but group therapy can be highly effective. It helps addicts to understand that they’re not alone in their struggle for sobriety. It’s encouraging and inspirational to listen to people who have remained clean for long periods of time. It proves that it can be done.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR

Some people become addicted to drugs as a result of trauma. EMDR allows the client to face this trauma without too much emotional distress. A trained counselor gently encourages the patient to recall the disturbing trauma or memory. At the same time, the client is instructed to perform certain eye movements. These eye movements reduce the distress of the trauma, allowing the therapist to help the patient safely work through it.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy or REBT

This type of therapy helps the addict to recognize their irrational, destructive thought patterns. It focuses on eliminating the self-defeating thought patterns that cause addicts to feel bad about themselves. Through this therapy, addicts learn positive thought patterns. They learn healthy ways of dealing with negative situations. They learn that they have no control over many life events and that they can only control their reactions to these events.

If you’re trying to find the right drug treatment facility for you, we can help. We’re trained counselors. We are here 24 hours a day to help you. Just call us at 888-380-0342. We will listen to your concerns. We will be able to help you find the best treatment option for your situation. We look forward to speaking with you.

Just Believe Recovery is a fully licensed, Joint Commission accredited, comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment center located in Carbondale, Pennsylvania

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