Outpatient Detoxification

An outpatient detoxification center can provide you with the same services that you might be able to find at an inpatient detox facility. However, these facilities only run their programs during the day.

About Outpatient Detoxification

Outpatient detoxification refers to the process by which you will receive medical assistance in clearing the toxins from the drugs and alcohol you used to abuse but from an outpatient treatment facility.

This means that you will be required to check into the facility for a couple of hours every day for several weeks. During your time at the center, you will get help - including medication management and other recovery services - to ensure that your body is able to clear out all the toxins from the substances that you were accustomed to taking.

The outpatient detoxification process will begin when you make initial contact with the facility. After that, you will be asked to go to the center to receive a more comprehensive evaluation and assessment.

The goal of assessment would be to ascertain:

Who Needs Outpatient Detoxification?

Outpatient detox is recommended if you need to overcome your substance abuse and addiction without having to stay in an inpatient recovery center. These programs can offer you many of the same benefits that you would find in an inpatient detoxification facility. However, you will enjoy these benefits while in a cost effective and less restrictive environment.

You might prefer this form of recovery if you have a mild substance use disorder or if you have not been abusing drugs and alcohol for long enough to require inpatient detox. Outpatient detoxification might also be ideal if you have not been diagnosed with any other co-occurring mental health and medical disorders over and above your addiction.

However, you can also choose outpatient detox if you have obligations and responsibilities at home, work, or school which would make it impractical or impossible for you to seek detox services on an inpatient basis.

How It Works

As mentioned above, outpatient detox can offer you the same services that you would typically find in an inpatient program but without requiring you to live at the recovery facility. Some of these services that you can expect include:

Further, these programs can offer you highly personalized and individualized recovery services. This is because there is no universal treatment modality that is used to help everyone detox from the substances that they were abusing.

Getting Help

Even after spending time in an outpatient detoxification program, it is still recommended that you seek further addiction treatment and rehabilitation services - either on an inpatient or outpatient basis - to ensure that you are able to overcome your substance abuse and dependence in the long term.

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