According to the Center for Disease Control, dozens of Americans die each day due to drug overdose. Behind this statistic, there are thousands more that end up in the hospital. Drug addiction and overdose are nothing short of epidemics that are ravaging America. However, the rapid advances in our scientific understanding of addiction have created new insight to guide treatment methods. We know today that long-term, outpatient care is one of the keys to achieving a successful recovery.
How Outpatient Treatment Fits into Modern Addiction Therapy
The most culturally significant vision of addiction rehab is the inpatient treatment program, where a person lives at a facility full-time. Drugs are completely inaccessible, and a person will have a secure space in which to overcome withdrawals and kick their cravings. However, the old emphasis on inpatient treatment had many shortcomings. Someone who’s forced into rehab will often go through the motions and say the right things just to leave, and the messaging of 12-step programs is often counterintuitive or harmful.
Modern treatment is much more empathetic, grounded, and holistic. Inpatient treatment is an important opportunity for addicts that allow them to overcome the worst of their cravings, but it’s not the end. Long-term support through an outpatient, or addiction aftercare program is invaluable in mitigating the risk of relapse and helping to secure long-term success.
What is Outpatient Treatment?
Outpatient treatment programs entail routine visits to a facility while living, working, and maintaining your normal life as much as possible. Over the course of a week, patients will spend as many as ten to twelve hours visiting the facility. Outpatient care providers cooperate with the people they’re helping to schedule meetings in the morning or evening to enable them to work and live as normally as possible. Outpatient treatment facilities are less intrusive, but also operate on a much longer-term basis and may go on for months or years.
During visits, patients are able to talk to other people who’re in the recovery process and receive education on drug addiction. Depending on the needs of the specific patient, their program might include medication or therapy that aims at treating the underlying causes of addiction. Statistically, the factors that most strongly predict for addiction are trauma, mental illness, and loss; helping people through these is one of the most effective means of treating addiction.
Someone might attend outpatient treatment as a standalone program to help them through recovery. However, outpatient treatment is also effective as a model of continuing care. Continuing care has a proven record in achieving better outcomes for addicts and helping them thrive.
Altignis Health Outpatient Care
Here at Altignis Health, we pride ourselves on our outpatient care program. We always look toward the latest science to understand how we can best help people defeat the disease of addiction. If you or someone you love need help overcoming substance abuse or addiction, get in touch to learn more about our outpatient treatment program.