Most of the time, we recommend residential Christian treatment centers to our callers. This is because these centers allow the client to focus completely on overcoming their addiction for a period of time, without any of the distractions or temptations of the outside world. Because it has been proven that it takes thirty days to form a habit, almost every residential treatment center requires a client to live in the center for at least a month. However, we recognize that there is no one solution that works for everybody and that for some people, an outpatient facility may be more effective.
Who Should Use Outpatient Treatments
We usually refer clients with no known acute medical conditions and those whose dependency and chemical abuse patterns do not require close supervision to try Outpatient Programs available in most Christian rehabilitation centers. These programs allow a person to continue to work a full-time job and live at home while undergoing treatment.
For individuals who spend a lot of time with people who share their addiction, or in environments which encourage it, this is rarely a good idea. However, if the dependent is surrounded by drug- and alcohol-free people and does not suffer from co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety, an outpatient program can be effective. One of the primary reasons that people put off treatment is because they do not feel that they have the time or resources to step out of their daily lives for a month or longer (even though this break can lead to a far more satisfying life after treatment). With outpatient treatment, this does not need to be a concern.
How Outpatient Treatment Works
These programs consist of at least 12 hours of both individual and group sessions per week. The sessions give a dependent the time and space that they need to work through their addiction issues with the support of a trained counselor and people who have had the same experience. The usual services provided also include interactive workshops and relapse prevention therapy sessions done in a private and closed environment. Typically, the patient is able to choose their schedule, and, therefore, work around their work and family commitments while getting the help that they need.
Just like the residential Christian treatment centers that we recommend, any outpatient program recommended by Christian Drug and Alcohol Treatment will be Biblically based. We typically recommend programs that are based on the twelve-step system, a Bible-based process that has been proven effective in both drug and alcohol treatment. We also believe in treating the whole person, rather than solely treating the addiction. All of the programs that we refer clients to believe in helping people identify what caused them to start using the substance in the first place determine their triggers and develop coping strategies for dealing with future temptations.
Similar Treatment; Same Results
Outpatient treatment focuses on many of the same things that inpatient treatment does, although in a less intense manner since a person is not living in the facility. The client will still undergo therapy, be screened for co-occurring conditions, learn about nutrition, develop a stronger relationship with God, and learn new coping strategies for stressful situations. They will also work with the facility in the long term in order to prevent relapse. The goal of outpatient treatment facilities, like any center, is the long-term health and sobriety of the client.
Outpatient centers are not right for everyone. A person who has been addicted for a long time likely needs residential treatment. Someone who suffers from a mental disorder in addition to their addiction will likely do best in a residential center. Live-in treatment is great for people whose daily lives provide various opportunities for drug use. A person who is addicted to a more dangerous drug, such as heroin, usually does best in a residential center. However, there are some situations where outpatient therapy is the right choice.
If you are wondering if outpatient treatment might work for you, give us a call today. One of our professional counselors can talk to you about your needs and what an outpatient treatment center can provide.
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