What is Outpatient Drug Rehab?

When it comes to getting treatment for drug addiction, many clients choose between inpatient and outpatient drug rehab.

It is essential to know the difference between these two options before you make your decision.

An inpatient drug rehab program requires clients to stay at Emerald Isle for their entire treatment.

On the other hand, outpatient drug rehab gives clients the option to complete their therapy during sessions throughout the week.

This therapy allows clients to live at home, but it does have strict rules. Let us help you decide which drug rehab is right for you.

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Understanding Outpatient Drug Rehab

During outpatient drug rehab, clients can stay at home and come into the center for treatment on certain days.

These visits to the center are required and help the center check your medication and complete counseling sessions.

When you consider going to drug rehab, your first choice would probably be the outpatient program.

Many people desire to stay in their homes.

Much like inpatient rehab, outpatient programs offer different levels of intensive programs and services.

They focus on counseling, rehabilitation, education, and providing clients with a strong support network.

However, outpatient drug rehab is not for everyone. It is best suited to clients who are very strongly invested in their recovery and have discipline.

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The Effects of Drug Addiction

Drug addiction can have many harmful effects on your life, but the changes to your brain and body are severe. Long-term drug abuse changes the way your brain works by affecting how it releases chemicals.

These can affect your ability to learn, judge things like risk and danger, make decisions, and your memory. It can also make you less able to handle stress and make you have mood swings or angry outbursts.

Depending on what type of drug you are abusing, the effects on your body can be many. In the short term, drug addiction can cause a lack of appetite, overeating, insomnia, and changes in heart rate.

Other effects are high or low blood pressure, a heart attack, and overdose. In the long term, drug addiction effects tend to be more serious. They are also more difficult to treat because certain drugs cause damage to internal organs.

This damage can include heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and cancer. If you inject drugs, you are at a higher risk of getting HIV, AIDS, hepatitis, and serious skin or muscle infections.

Outpatient Drug Rehab Emerald Isle A woman attends her therapy session during her outpatient drug rehab.

Mental Illness and Drug Addiction

For many people with a drug addiction, symptoms of mental illness become a major concern as their drug use worsens. Some people with issues like anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia are at a higher risk of developing a drug addiction.

Addiction can happen when someone with these issues tries to use drugs to treat their mental illness. Instead, they find themselves addicted to drugs that often make their symptoms even worse. By the time they realize this, they are often already addicted to the drug and can not stop taking it.

For others, their drug addiction causes their mental illness. The way that drugs affect your brain makes you more likely to experience anxiety, depression, and angry outbursts. Drugs make these symptoms worse the longer you use them.

When long-term drug use is combined with a mental illness, your risk of overdose increases.

How to Tell if You Have an Addiction

Like many chronic diseases, addiction can sneak up on you. You may have started to use drugs recreationally, or you may have originally had a prescription for them. In either case, it is still possible to develop an addiction. If you are not sure whether you have an addiction, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are drugs constantly on your mind?
  • Have you tried to stop taking them, or reduce how much you are taking, but could not?
  • Do you ever use drugs to try and control negative emotions?
  • Have you ever been high at work or school?
  • Has your drug use affected how well you can do your job or schoolwork?
  • Do you spend a lot of time making sure you do not run out of drugs?
  • Have you ever stolen to get drugs?
  • Have you ever been arrested or sent to the hospital because of your drug use?
  • Have you ever overdosed?
  • Is your drug use having a negative impact on your relationships?

If you can answer yes to more than one or two of these questions, then you might have an addiction.

Outpatient Drug Rehab Emerald Isle A woman attends her therapy session during her outpatient drug rehab.

Types of Outpatient Drug Rehab Programs

There are a few different types of outpatient drug rehab programs available. The right program for you can depend on the type of drug you were abusing and the severity of your addiction. It can depend on the stage of your recovery process. These programs fall into three main categories:

  • Day Programs

Day programs have the highest level of care for all outpatient drug rehab programs. Clients usually meet at the facility five to seven days a week, for a few hours each day.

During this time, clients will participate in counseling programs, including one-on-one and group therapy. Clients can go home after their sessions.

Because day programs require so many meetings per week, clients do not work until the program is completed. These types of outpatient drug rehabs are best suited to people with serious drug addictions.

  • Intensive Outpatient Programs

Another type of outpatient drug rehab is an intensive outpatient program. These programs have defined milestones that clients must meet to continue treatment. As each milestone is met, the amount of time a client needs to come into the facility goes down.

Intensive outpatient programs usually require multiple sessions a week, each lasting a few hours for clients to complete their treatment. This program is a good option for clients who need to continue going to work or school while they are in recovery. It requires dedication to the treatment plan to see success in overcoming drug addiction.

  • Continuing Care

The third type of outpatient drug rehab program is continuing care. These programs are best suited to clients who have already completed an inpatient program. These programs usually take place in groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous.

These groups usually focus on a particular type of addiction and different steps in the recovery process. Some are even specific to helping different genders or age groups. These groups help clients receive ongoing care to cement their sobriety further and help reduce relapse.

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Let Us Help You Overcome Your Addiction

At Emerald Isle Health and Recovery, we pride ourselves on our individualized, evidence-based treatment.

Our comprehensive clinical and medical programs help our clients achieve long-term, sustainable recoveries.

Our state-of-the-art facility is in a highly private location.

This location ensures clients can get away from things that cause them stress or trigger their addiction.

We also focus on ensuring that our clients feel safe and comfortable.

Our clients should approach their recovery in the most positive way possible.

We realize that many of our clients wonder about how they are going to pay for their treatment.

That is why we accept most major insurances through our free insurance verification.

Give us a call, and our addiction specialists can verify whether your insurance will cover your detox and rehab.

We will also communicate with your insurance provider to ensure that you receive every benefit you are entitled to.

You can complete a simple form right from our website, or call us directly.

Drug addiction can be a very difficult problem to overcome.

Many people feel overwhelmed by the idea of figuring out which treatment program is going to be best for them.

At Emerald Isle, we are here to help you design your recovery plan for maximum success.

Let us help you with what you need to get on the path to a healthy life.

Call us today to get started on the path to kicking your addiction once and for all.