When a patient comes to Addiction Alternatives whether they are struggling with a severe addiction to certain substances, such as heroin or oxycodone, or have a milder substance abuse problem, Dr.Charles Buscema will evaluate their needs. Some levels of addiction are typically best treated in an inpatient residential program to help manage detoxification and withdrawal. However, some patients cannot afford nor have the time to uproot their life to help fight addiction.
Outpatient rehab is ideal for people who are motivated to stop using their substance of choice but require the flexibility of a program that will work around their schedules. At Addiction Alternative, the focus is on various Outpatient rehabilitation programs that suit the patient’s needs.
Outpatient rehab can be a more affordable and effective form of drug treatment, but it isn’t necessarily right for everyone. Dr. Charles Buscema will evaluate to see if the following criteria are met, generally, those individuals do not fare best in outpatient addiction treatment:
- Patients with severe addiction and need the 24-hour support of an inpatient rehab facility.
- Anyone who is a danger to themselves or others.
- Individuals without a strong support system and who face temptation in their day-to-day life (for example, if their family members or roommates use drugs or alcohol).
- Addicts who have a history of chronic relapse.
If any of the above is met, then these patients tend to need more support than an outpatient rehab program can offer.
What Is Outpatient Rehab?
Outpatient rehabilitation programs are a form of treatment that works around an individual normal day to day life. Depending on the severity an outpatient rehab program will offer drug and alcohol treatment sessions that are scheduled during select times throughout the week, tailored for the individual. This schedule will allow patients to continue with their responsibilities and continue living at home, the caveat is they are required to check into treatment at their allotted times for counseling and medication.
Outpatient programs come in a variety of formats, differing levels of intensity and offer an array of services — but the general focus is on counseling, education and providing a network of support.
Some of the services offered include:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- 12-Step work
- Alcohol and drug education
- Spirituality group
- Men’s group
- Women’s group
- Relapse prevention
- Life skills
- Re-socialization skills
- Pharmacological treatment
- Mental health treatment
- Referrals to sober living houses
Individuals with a strong will to succeed in recovery and who have a committed, disciplined approach may benefit from an outpatient treatment program.
Benefits to Outpatient Treatment
Most outpatient rehab centers have lower costs. Inpatient programs can be expensive and generally require a significant out-of-pocket expense. Alternatively, Outpatient rehab is less expensive across the board, while still providing high-quality treatment.
Outpatient rehabilitation offers patients the ability to continue with work and/or school. In contrast, residential treatment program requires recovering addicts to put their lives on hold while they pursue their recovery. An outpatient addiction program allows participants to maintain a presence at work and/or school. Which can lead to building better relationships with family and friends as well as allow the person to support their family financially.
As previously mentioned, outpatient treatment is significantly more affordable than traditional inpatient treatment programs. But, it goes beyond that, with the person being able to keep up with a job and earn their living with seeking help. The patient will be able to support his family, new drug-free lifestyle and have a better sense of self because of having better financial security.
A huge benefit to outpatient rehab is the access to support systems. People going through recovery need a lot of support. With outpatient rehab, patients can stay in close proximity to their loved ones and their support network.
Continuing care groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, AA, or Narcotics Anonymous, NA, are ongoing support resources to help an individual solidify their commitment to sobriety. These groups are typically facilitated by a licensed therapist and meet weekly. Some continuing care groups may be gender-specific or age-specific, and others may focus on a particular aspect of recovery. Dr. Charles Buscema will be able to assist with finding the best continuing care that suits the patient’s needs.
Seeking treatment whether inpatient or outpatient is the first step in recovery. The Team at Addiction Alternative will assess and ensure the best treatment is provided.
If you have further questions or are ready to get the help you need, reach out to Dr. Charles Buscema, at Addiction Alternative, to get you on the path to recovery.