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What is An Outpatient Detox Facility Like?

Outpatient detoxification from drugs or alcohol will take place at a medical facility where the majority of patients are able to begin the process of detox within a matter of hours after initial contact. An outpatient detox facility often takes a very personalized approach to detoxification programs and offers a variety of formats including providing approved medicine. Opiate detoxification programs often take place through the use of Suboxone or Buprenorphine which helps to manage opiate withdrawal symptoms. These medications enable outpatient detox facilities to offer a detoxification protocol for specific addictions including heroin, methadone, oxycontin/oxycodone, vicodin/hydrocodone, and similar narcotics. These medications help to minimize the withdrawal symptoms associated with the detox of these highly addictive substances and while giving the patients the opportunity to continue to work and live their daily lives without significant impact that happens during an inpatient detox.

Advantages of an Outpatient Detox Facility

For an addict that only experiences mild or moderate withdrawal symptoms including shaking hands, perspiration, heart palpitations, sleeplessness and restlessness, lack of appetite, mild nausea, and maybe some vomiting, outpatient detoxification is considered a safe and effective alternative to inpatient detox on a much less expensive basis. Additionally, those patients who decide to admit themselves into a long-term outpatient rehab treatment center after the outpatient detoxification period will more than likely benefit greatly by continuing at the same treatment facility due to the increased social support. Because adverse family circumstances or employment may prohibit a person from attending inpatient treatment, outpatients are able to continue to function in treatment while also maintaining employment and family/social obligations. Outpatient detox and treatment allow for more freedom and flexibility in order for the alcoholic to continue working and maintaining daily activities with little disruption and fewer costs.

Therapy in Outpatient Detox

Outpatient detox programs will also generally offer therapy sessions related to coping with addiction, albeit on a limited basis. The therapy sessions offered are certainly not as comprehensive as those offered at inpatient treatment centers that should happen after detox is completed but it should help the addict get through the detox and have any issues addressed as questions arise about the process.

Many different factors need to be considered when determining what the appropriate detoxification setting would be for a particular patient. One consideration should be the way in which the setting may influence the overall treatment outcome. An addiction specialist will be able to recommend either inpatient or outpatient treatment based on the individual case, as the most important thing is to get clean and sober.

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Our articles are written by individuals who have seen addiction up close. They may have watched addiction take a toll on someone they loved or had their own battles with substances, and they write for us to spare others some of that pain and confusion. If you find these writings useful and would like to speak to someone who gets addiction, call us at (844) 826-1700.

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