Outpatient Alcohol Treatment
Alcohol is heavily built into American society, so much so that it is readily available almost anywhere. While many people are able to control their alcohol intake, some can not. When a person is incapable of controlling their alcohol intake, they inevitably develop an alcohol use disorder. This can lead to the neglect of personal, social, and financial responsibilities – causing a person’s world to seemingly fall apart. For those who deeply struggle with alcohol there is inpatient residential treatment. For those who may be too busy to leave for treatment for 30 days, there is outpatient alcohol rehab.
What is Alcoholism?
In today’s world, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know someone who struggles with alcoholism. It may be just as hard to find someone who has never experimented with alcohol or who hasn’t developed alcoholism themselves. This is because the disease of alcoholism is something that is currently affecting more than 15 million people including their friends, family, and loved ones.
The National Institue on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines alcohol use disorder as “problem drinking that becomes severe”. This definition is extremely vague when you consider all that alcoholism is. Of course, someone who is an alcoholic is going to experience uncontrollable drinking patterns and a preoccupation with alcohol. All of that being said, there is so much more that accompanies the disease of alcoholism.
There is no doubt that when someone consumes alcohol, they experience changes in their mood and inhibitions. For millions of people, the effects that alcohol produces are highly desirable. The more a person drinks, however, the more the structure of the brain begins to change. The structural changes that occur in the brain are what eventually lead to the inability to control one’s drinking. This describes alcoholism by definition. Thankfully, being an alcoholic is not a death sentence, as there is treatment available.
Am I An Alcoholic?
Of the millions of Americans who struggle with alcoholism, only a small percentage of them obtain professional help. While there are many reasons for this, the most common is that some people do not believe they are an alcoholic or need professional treatment. And while some will be quick to deny any signs of alcoholism they are exhibiting, others will receive a wake-up call because of these signs and begin looking for help.
If you cannot control your drinking, consider the following diagnostic criteria of alcohol use disorder:
- Using alcohol for longer than intended
- Unsuccessful attempts at stopping or cutting down on drinking
- Spending an excessive amount of time obtaining and/or using alcohol
- Continuing to drink alcohol despite any consequences that stem from drinking
- Withdrawing from others and/or giving up on previously enjoyed activities
- Recurrent use of alcohol in dangerous situations (such as while driving)
- Persistent cravings
- Needing to increase the intake of alcohol in order to achieve the desired effects
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when unable to drink
- Drinking in secret out of fear of judgment from others
If any of these symptoms apply to your situation, reaching out for help can get you moving towards the appropriate level of treatment. For some, that treatment might come in the form of outpatient alcohol rehab.
How Can an Outpatient Alcohol Rehab Help Me?
An outpatient program is ideal for those who are experiencing a minimal number of the above-listed criteria or who have already completed other levels of addiction treatment. If your history of alcohol abuse determines that outpatient alcohol rehab is right for you, then you can begin this treatment as soon as possible.
Outpatient alcohol rehab is the most relaxed version of professional addiction treatment available. Upon enrollment, we provide a schedule that outlines when you
begin and end treatment. Typically, an outpatient program requires patients to go to the facility at least once per week for a few hours at a time. Upon attendance of treatment, you will begin to benefit from this highly-regarded form of care.
The benefits of any program depend solely on your involvement and effort. Some of the ways that outpatient alcohol rehab can help you can include:
- Providing you with a community of other recovering alcoholics who can understand what you have gone through and can offer their support
- Connecting you to mental health professionals and addiction specialists who offer evidence-based therapies designed to address the core issues of your alcoholism
- Allowing you the freedom to continue to maintain your everyday life all while receiving the care that you need
- Helping you develop relapse prevention skills needed to maintain your sobriety
- Allowing you to slowly phase out of treatment, especially if you have already completed other forms of addiction treatment
Outpatient treatment can be both structured and freeing all at the same time. While you are thriving off of the structure provided at the facility, you are also beginning to live your life with less fear, more skills, and a positive outlook.
Outpatient Alcohol Rehab and Therapy
Outpatient alcohol rehab is therapy-based. When you go to the facility to obtain treatment, you will be participating in different types of therapies. All outpatient programs focused on treating alcohol abuse conduct the majority of their program in a group setting. However, individual therapy is also available, as are other forms of evidence-based treatments proven to help treat alcohol use disorder.
Some of the most commonly applied therapies offered in an outpatient program include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Experiential therapy (e.g. art therapy, music therapy)
Depending on your specific needs, you may participate in some or all of these therapies, and possibly even more. Not all therapies need to last for months at a time — some therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy, only take a short period of time in order to be effective. Be prepared to remain in group counseling sessions from the beginning to the end of your outpatient treatment, though, as this is the foundation of this type of program.
Do You Need Professional Outpatient Alcohol Rehab?
Alcoholism will make a person’s life increasingly difficult. And while life certainly becomes easier after getting treatment, there are still challenges that you are going to face. Do not let the fear of treatment or what life might be like without alcohol steer you away from getting the help you need.
At A Forever Recovery, we help you stop your active drinking and begin to develop the skills needed to maintain long-term sobriety. We understand the challenges you are facing and are ready to offer our expertise, guidance, and support so that you can live alcohol-free.
So, do not wait one more minute. Call us right now to learn more about how we can help you. You have the potential to build a strong, lasting recovery. We can help.