Alcohol addiction and substance abuse has become a significant problem in the United States. As of 2019, nearly 86% of individuals ages 18 and over had drunk alcohol in their lifetime; an additional 55% had consumed alcohol within the last month.[i] For some people, alcohol itself may not present a problem. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many. Alcohol is available throughout our society and culture so easily; advertisements and opportunities are everywhere. The prevalence of alcohol and its consumption also means it can be overlooked as a problem.
If there is any concern that there might be an issue, it is important to seek further advice and help. It may be the case that you or a loved one does not have a serious problem, but it is best to seek professional advice to be sure. It is much better than we have the opportunity to address potential problems now than to leave something unattended until it becomes significantly worse.
Outpatient Rehab for Alcohol Addiction and Abuse
When it comes to treatment for alcohol addiction, one common form is outpatient rehab. Outpatient rehab can come in various forms, and different things work for different individuals depending on their situation. It is helpful to understand some of the differences and distinctions to be better equipped to move forward into recovery with confidence.
- Day Treatment: Day treatment is a common method of treatment in which the better part of a day is spent in a rehab program, usually for around five to seven days a week. The time involved in this type of treatment is greater than some other outpatient options but can sometimes be needed for the patient, depending on the situation.
- Intensive Outpatient Program: Another option for treatment is an intensive outpatient program, which generally offers shorter and less frequent meeting times, sometimes even having options for the evening. This form of treatment is often more flexible and works with those who have another school, work, or life responsibilities to attend.
- Continuing Care Groups: Finally, continuing care groups often serve as one of the last stages of treatment. Continuing care is usually the least structured and intense outpatient rehab option and includes recovery and therapy groups of various sources. Sometimes, patients may continue in some continuing care group indefinitely to encourage their ongoing sobriety.[ii]
Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab Compared
In addition to outpatient rehab treatment, there are also inpatient rehab options. Understanding the difference between outpatient and inpatient rehab options can help determine which direction to go with treatment. Outpatient rehab options allow patients to visit a facility at different points but do not generally require patients to stay overnight for treatment; this can often provide greater flexibility. On the other hand, inpatient rehab options require patients to remain in a facility overnight, which can provide more structured and comprehensive care. To learn more about our inpatient treatment options, click here.[iii]
Outpatient rehab will often provide the following benefits or advantages when compared to inpatient rehab:
- Lower cost
- More suitable for individuals with work responsibilities
- More suitable for individuals with extensive social supports
It should be remembered that outpatient rehab also involves less structure and security than inpatient rehab. This is the trade-off for flexibility. Outpatient rehab may not be the best option in situations where there have been multiple failed attempts to recover from alcohol addiction. There is little to no support outside of the treatment facility or when the addiction is severe in nature.
In many cases, outpatient treatment programs will include the following:
- Drug education and knowledge of resources
- Group counseling
- Assistance with co-occurring mental disorders
If you are unsure of what will work best or the particulars of different forms of outpatient rehab, it may be best to call and speak with our staff to help guide you in the best direction.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse
It is not strange to feel embarrassed or intimidated at the prospect of seeking help regarding issues of substance abuse and alcohol addiction. But please do not let this stop you. The longer you run away from help from embarrassment or fear, the longer you allow your addiction to control you. It is never easy to break out of habits and cycles of addiction, but you can still make some decisions. When you cannot do it alone, you must seek out others to help you. Treatment facilities like ours here at Design for Change Recovery allow you to have a guiding hand to reach recovery. However, you still have to reach out and take it. We cannot help you if you never come seeking help. Do not let your embarrassment or fear keep you from breaking free of the addictive patterns controlling your life.
Design for Change Recovery
Substance abuse and addiction is always a difficult and serious problem. Issues related to substance abuse can cause family problems, disrupt job performance, affect financial situations, cause significant health problems, and many other consequences. It is vitally important that we get ahead of problems when we can get them so that no opportunity is missed to get help where it is needed.
Considering all of the difficulties and problems connected to substance abuse and addiction, we at Design for Change Recovery want to emphasize that you do not have to do these things alone. It may be intimidating and frightening, but these things do not have to be addressed without help. Here at Design for Change Recovery, we offer numerous programs and treatments supervised by medical and professional staff so that those who need help can receive the care they need. Please consider reviewing our various programs[iv] to see what meets the situation or need. It is also recommended to review our accreditation,[v] staff,[vi] and facility,[vii] so that you can be confident Design for Change Recovery is the right decision for you or your loved ones.
- [i] NIH, “Facts and Statistics on Alcohol Usage,” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction, https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics, (accessed 4/21/2021).
- [ii] Galbicsek, Carol, “Outpatient Rehab,” Alcohol Rehab Guide, https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/treatment/outpatient-rehab/, accessed 4/14/2021.
- [iii] https://designforchangerecovery.com/program/residential/.
- [iv] https://designforchangerecovery.com/program/.
- [v] https://designforchangerecovery.com/about-us/accreditation/.
- [vi] https://designforchangerecovery.com/about-us/staff/.
- [vii] https://designforchangerecovery.com/about-us/facility-tour/.