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The Importance of Outpatient Detoxification

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Alcohol use disorder is a powerful condition that is very difficult to overcome without some support. Once a person has developed a pattern of binge drinking, alcohol dependence, or regular heavy drinking, detoxification can help. A drug and alcohol detox center can offer a supportive and effective treatment for those suffering from substance abuse issues.

Detox is a medically supervised process that helps clear all substances out of the body’s system. If alcohol or drug use has been a long-term problem, it can help the person get through withdrawal symptoms. Reach out to Michael’s House today at 760.548.4032 for more information about if an outpatient detox program is right for you or your loved one.

Why Is Outpatient Alcohol Detox Important?

Some people experience withdrawal symptoms that are uncomfortable and a possible set-up for relapse. Tremors and seizures can happen in a small percentage of people who go through alcohol detox.

Detox, whether residential or outpatient, offers medical supervision, counseling, and support to help individuals overcome the initial stages of sobriety and avoid relapse. It’s a crucial step in breaking the addiction cycle.

Benefits of an Outpatient Drug Detox

An outpatient detox program offers several distinct advantages that make it an appealing choice for many individuals seeking recovery:

  • Flexibility – This type of program allows individuals to continue their daily routines, such as work and family obligations while undergoing treatment.
  • Lower cost – Outpatient detox is typically more affordable than inpatient programs, removing a potential financial barrier to treatment.
  • Support networks – Outpatient detox enables individuals to stay connected with their support network, aiding in the emotional aspect of recovery.
  • Personalized care – Outpatient programs often offer more personalized care, with treatment plans tailored to the unique needs of each individual.
  • Long-term support – As a part of the outpatient program, individuals often have access to ongoing support and aftercare services, helping to maintain sobriety long after the detox phase is complete.

At Michael’s House, we understand the importance of detoxification to a patient’s recovery. We offer comprehensive outpatient detox programs designed to meet the individual needs of every patient.

What Happens at an Outpatient Detox Center?

Outpatient detox is a cost-effective option for patients who are mentally prepared, dedicated to recovery, and have a support system at home. If alcohol use disorder is not severe, outpatient detox may take the place of a residential detox program. In many cases, outpatient detox offers a great follow-up to residential detox.

Outpatient detox programs require multiple weekly visits to the center for checkups, tests, counseling, and medication monitoring. Doctors and nurses monitor to keep track of withdrawal symptoms, discomfort levels, and signs of continued recovery. Several short visits a week can make it possible for you to keep up your work schedule and stay close to your family as you go through detox.

For an outpatient detox to work, you must be truly committed to your sobriety and willing to reach out for help when you get close to relapse risk. Detoxification is a vital first step to alcohol recovery.

Risks of Outpatient Detox

The most significant risk of outpatient detox is the lack of follow-through by the individual. Since no one at an outpatient center is being monitored 24 hours a day, someone could easily cancel or not attend a detox appointment. This may mean that the person is sober but not ready to follow through with appointments, or it may mean that a person has taken up drinking again.

All outpatient drug or alcohol programs carry the same risk. Those in recovery are solely responsible for abstaining from substance use throughout their treatment. Regrettably, those who occasionally indulge in a drink or drug only hinder their own progress. They may even get away with it by avoiding detox appointments or skipping outpatient counseling sessions. While this may mean that the recovering person needs a higher level of care, no one can force them to do so.

Learn More About Michael’s House and Our Outpatient Detox Center

Though Michael’s House does not offer it, outpatient alcohol detox programs may be provided in a variety of locations in your community. Some detox centers are stand-alone facilities. Others may be located in a large drug and alcohol treatment center. You may even find some outpatient programs housed within a medical center or hospital.

If you or a loved one with alcohol addiction, Michael’s House can help. We offer alcohol detox as part of our comprehensive addiction treatment programs, just not at the outpatient level. If you’d like to speak with someone about what we offer, contact us at 760.548.4032.