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Advantages of Outpatient Detox

Advantages of Outpatient Detox Many individuals check in to an inpatient rehab facility to undergo detox for alcohol or drug abuse.  However, some people find that detox is successful in an outpatient setting for various reasons. In an article titled An Overview of Outpatient and Inpatient Detoxification by Motoi Hayashida, M.D., Sc.D. (1989), he states that “for patients with mild-to-moderate alcohol withdrawal syndrome, characterized by symptoms such as hand tremor, perspiration, heart palpitation, restlessness, loss of appetite, nausea,...

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How is outpatient drug rehab different?

How is outpatient drug rehab different?   Both in-patient and outpatient drug rehab programs are most often beneficial in overcoming addiction.  However, many people want to pursue recovery without living in a facility.  The costs of inpatient treatment can be high and the services are more time consuming. For these and other reasons, many individuals choose to participate in outpatient therapy.  One of the main advantages of outpatient therapy is that clients can apply new knowledge immediately in their home environment. Also, after a...

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Importance of Outpatient Peer Support

Importance of Outpatient Peer Support Many peer support groups exist to help recovering addicts face their addictions in outpatient settings.  Peer support can be found in group therapy, or in organized groups such as AA, Smart Recovery, Secular Sobriety, Women for Sobriety and others.  Additionally, there are many online support groups that are available 24 hours a day.  Each peer support group, whatever the format, helps addicts address their addiction in a non-threatening community.  Each should strive to provide encouragement, support,...

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Outpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders

Outpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders Fortunately, many people struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder can receive treatment on an outpatient basis. Outpatient treatment is the most flexible level of care and the least disruption of one’s regular day-to-day life. Individuals can work, go to school and maintain other aspects of their life while in outpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment for eating disorders generally includes counseling or psychotherapy.  Usually during outpatient...

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Outpatient Pornography Addiction Treatment

Outpatient pornography addiction treatment Pornography addiction is a behavioral addiction that can see improvements with outpatient treatment. Pornography addiction outpatient rehab programs aim to help addicts restore balance to their lives and help them understand the destructive nature of their behavior and how to deal with their urges in a healthy manner. Most outpatient programs include individual and group therapy.  Some also include 12-step sexaholics anonymous (SA) groups as well.  Spouses may or may not be involved in outpatient...

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Outpatient opiate treatment

Outpatient opiate treatment Although many individuals with addictions to opiates begin with inpatient treatment and detox when overcoming their addiction, many rely instead on outpatient services.  In outpatient opiate addiction treatment, many facilities administer medications such as methadone and suboxone through a daily visit to a clinic or with a doctor’s prescription. Methadone and Suboxone have been developed to treat the withdrawal symptoms of opiate addiction. These drugs both bind to the opiate receptors in the brain, making the...

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An Alternative Outpatient Solution: Daytime Therapy

An Alternative Outpatient Solution: Daytime Therapy Many individuals struggling with addictions simply cannot afford (financially or time-wise) to put their lives on hold and check themselves into an inpatient drug rehab facility.  They must continue to work, help with child care, or fulfill other responsibilities.  Often, inpatient rehab is too overwhelming or impossible.  An alternative to inpatient therapy that has proven effective is daytime outpatient therapy. Typically, outpatient therapy consists of after work meetings, weekly...

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The Holidays can be Depressing

The Holidays can be Depressing Emotional highs and lows are common during the holidays. Feelings of loneliness, anxiety, happiness and sadness are often to be expected. However, stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Planning ahead, being realistic and seeking support from others can help ward off stress and depression during the holidays. According to the mayoclinic.com, “the holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression.  And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array...

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Equine Therapy in Outpatient Drug Rehab

Equine Therapy in Outpatient Drug Rehab New research shows that equine therapy can be very successful in outpatient drug rehab. Many individuals find equine therapy to be a very beneficial part of outpatient drug rehab in gaining control over their addiction. Equine therapy uses horses in a therapeutic setting. This type of therapy helps promote emotional growth and personal development in the lives of individuals who are struggling with addictions and are in drug rehab. Equine therapy has been effective in a variety of treatment scenarios for...

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Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab?

Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab? It’s often difficult to determine what type of rehab an individual may benefit most from: inpatient or outpatient.  Parents may be attempting to choose for their children, spouses may be helping their spouse, or children may be trying to persuade parents to get help in various ways.  Often, an individual seeks help for themselves without any outside suggestions or persuasions.  However, deciding just how much rehab one needs and the intensity level of the rehab can be overwhelming or confusing.  Many...

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