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What Happens at Outpatient Addiction Rehab

FAQ About Outpatient Addiction Rehabilitation Programs

What is outpatient alcohol/drug treatment?

In an outpatient drug rehab, the patient stays at home and visits the rehab center for scheduled treatment sessions. Treatment sessions usually consist of counseling (group or individual) along with mental and physical exercises to refocus the mind. Most outpatient programs require participation several times per week.

What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab?

Inpatient rehab program is costlier than the outpatient program. The inpatient rehab program is recommended for patients who exhibit signs of serious addiction, unlike the outpatient program which is recommended for those with milder cases of addiction. Also, as the name suggests, inpatient rehab programs require the patients to reside at the center until therapy is complete (usually 2 - 3 months).

What is luxury rehab treatment?

Luxury treatment centers offer high-end amenities and are located in posh environments (oceanfront or in the mountains). Such treatment centers are situated in secluded areas, which guarantee patients maximum privacy during the rehab sessions.

What programs do you provide at the outpatient rehab center?

We offer a wide range of drug and alcohol treatment programs for youth and adults. There are also specialized rehab programs for women, men, healthcare professionals, pilots, lawyers, DUI offenders, and dual diagnosis clients.

Do outpatient rehab centers treat anything else besides alcohol and drug addiction?

Yes. Most of the patients admitted in rehab centers have co-occurring disorders (dual diagnosis). In addition to the alcohol/drug addiction, these patients have mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder or eating disorders.

What kind of clothes should I wear in the course of the program?

The rehab center incorporates exercises into the treatment program. As such, it is highly recommended to bring along loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes.

Should the family be involved in a patient’s treatment?

Absolutely. In the outpatient setting, family involvement in treatment is very critical for successful recovery. Often, family counseling will be a component of the treatment protocol.

Are patients allowed to take medication for other conditions during the outpatient rehab program?

Yes, but only if the patient has been evaluated by a physician and the medicines are considered safe.

How long can one take to become addicted to alcohol or drugs?

There is no definite answer for this question. Vulnerability to addiction differs from one person to another. How long it takes for one to become addicted depends on many factors such as age, gender, biology (genetics), types of drugs, and traumatic experiences.

Is addiction a disease?

Yes. Addiction is recognized as a chronic physical and mental condition, which happens when a person regularly abuses mood-altering substances such as drugs and alcohol. Addiction can be successfully treated, but never cured. It is a lifelong ailment.

How does the rehab staff know my treatment goals?

Either before or immediately after admission, a member of the rehab staff will discuss your goals, the progress you have made towards attaining your goals and any barriers you may face. This ensures that they configure the treatment to suit your goals.

My child is doing drugs; can he be allowed to join the outpatient program?

Yes, depending on the facility. Not all outpatient rehab programs work with adolescents, so do some research before choosing the best program for your child's needs.

How often will a doctor see me?

This is determined by your own personal circumstances. However, at most facilities, the doctor will visit you at least once a day.

Will I be allowed to socialize with members of opposite sex?

Yes, but only under supervision of a member of our staff.

What kinds of patients are not eligible to join the outpatient rehab program?

This includes patients with known history of suicide or significant behavioral problems such as violence. These patients are usually best suited for inpatient therapy.

Can I always come with my car?

Yes, as long as your driver's license is in good standing. Only after you have completed the initial stages of the program (deemed to be drug free) and gained approval of the center's staff, may you drive yourself to rehab.

Is it true that a drug or alcohol addict has to hit a low point before the rehab can help?

No. This is a wrong assumption. Any addiction can be treated, regardless of the stage. What is needed is firm commitment by the patient to stop abusing drugs or alcohol.

Can the outpatient rehab program be paid for through my insurer?

Yes. Rehab facilities partner with most insurance companies to offer you various treatment options. However, check with your insurer to ensure that the policy covers the required aspects of the outpatient rehab program.

Does the rehab center allow patients bring their laptops during treatment?

No. While you may not be addicted to the internet or pornography, some patients in the center are being treated for such addictions. It is therefore advisable to keep the laptop away.

After completing the rehabilitation program, what happens next for patients?

Patients are released from the center with a discharge plan, which outlines the next steps to be followed so that the patient recovers fully. This normally entails regular attendance to a support group, such as AA or NA.

Some patients like their privacy. Do you provide that to patients?

Yes. The rehab center will go to great lengths to give the patient the privacy and confidentiality that he or she deserves.

What is the age limit for your services?

Most facilities serve patients from the age of 18 years and above. Specialty programs are available for youths.

How often do you perform drug screenings?

We do random drug screening to ensure that our patients are completely free from drug addiction.

When is the best time to start treatment?

The best time is now. There more you keep postponing, the more your addiction will negatively affect you.

How does one get admitted to an outpatient rehab center?

To gain admittance, either the patient or a person of his or her own choosing contacts the rehab center. The rehab center will then advise you on the next steps to follow.

Can couples attend the program together?

Yes, couples are allowed to attend sessions together.

Must patients have referrals to gain admittance into the rehab program?

No. The outpatient program takes organizational referrals, self-referrals and walk-ins.

When people continually interact with each other, they tend to develop emotional bonds. Do you allow relationships in the facility?

Yes. However, we encourage dialogue amongst fellow patients. This will often help to develop supportive relationships.

Can you force patients to be at the facility against their will?

No. We do not force patients to stay in the rehab center. It is a matter of their own individual choice. Outpatient therapy requires a high level of personal commitment to getting clean and sober.

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