There are a number of challenges facing addiction recovery. One challenge which can be the toughest is getting the individual sober or clean. When someone is at the point of needing to go to a drug treatment center, it is a last point of call for many, after trying various ways themselves to quit. There are withdrawal symptoms that these individuals will experience, which in some cases can be dangerous to their lives. There can be intense cravings too, which they won’t be able to beat without some help.
The good thing to hear is that getting clean isn’t something that is impossible. So what detox processes are at outpatient drug treatment centers? Through some medications administered by a team of professionals to help withdrawal symptoms, as well as counseling, individuals can get to where they need to be with the detox program.
Outpatient Drug Treatment Detox Programs
Detox services are something that is available in outpatient programs, but they may not suit everyone. Some individuals that have a severe addiction could, and often do, relapse after detoxing with an outpatient program. That is why it is often recommended just for those who have a more moderate or mild addiction. So have an honest conversation about if this path would work for you.
Having a support system in place is vital in an outpatient program, as help from family and friends can help success. If you work full-time and have that in your life each day, that can be a benefit too. An individual going through a detox program, outpatients or not, can experience withdrawal symptoms ranging from irritability to nausea, insomnia, and high blood pressure. So these things need to be expected and planned for, where possible.
What is Involved in Drug Detox?
As an individual experiences a detox program, there will be a strict schedule to stick to. Reporting for treatments to various places like clinics or hospitals will be required each day. As you go through the treatments and have fewer withdrawals, then daily treatments are likely to no longer be needed. This is when you would only have to report for any treatments from one to three times a week.
Your initial appointment is going to be the longest that you have, as it can take some time to evaluate and assess your condition with the detail that is required. As part of this, there will be a medical exam, as well as having to talk through your medical history, as well as questions about your drug use. With the information from this vital exam, a detox plan will be created for you. Follow-up appointments will take less time, up to thirty minutes. We know that each individual is different, though, and the needs will vary, with some sessions needing to last longer for others. We can schedule appointments at different times throughout the day or night, depending on your routine and requirements.
Making a commitment to yourself to help yourself and get clean is the first step in the detox process. So if you have decided that is what you want to do, or a loved one close to you has decided, then get in contact with one of our team to find out more. This is the step in the right direction, which is then helped with our team of professionals, to start a recovery that is going to work for you.