Outpatient Detoxification

Detoxification is an important first stage in the process of recovering from substance abuse and addiction. Without this process, you might be able to overcome your drug and alcohol taking.

About Outpatient Detoxification

While enrolled in an outpatient detoxification program, you will be able to seek help for your withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings without living at the treatment center. This means that you can visit the facility during the day to get medical assistance before going back to the comfort of your own home - or that of a sober living facility - at night.

This form of care might be preferable to an inpatient detox program. This is because it will allow you to continue keeping up with your responsibilities at work, school, and home without receiving help with your substance abuse and addiction.

Further, outpatient detox tends to be more affordable. This is because you will not be living at the treatment facility. As a result, you will not be required to pay for the round the clock care that you might otherwise have had to offset if you were in an inpatient program.

Outpatient Detoxification Services

Detoxification will process all the substances of abuse that you used to take out of your body and its various systems. When you receive medical detox services, you will be provided with medical care and supervision.

On the other hand, if you are enrolled in an outpatient detoxification program, the treatment team will create highly personalized plans to meet your unique needs and requirements for recovery.

The program will also consider your entire medical history as well as evaluate your history of drug and alcohol abuse. Further, you will be asked to provide information about all your previous attempts at recovery.

Most outpatient detox programs would require that you have a stable, safe, and supportive lifestyle back at home. If your home environment is unsafe or unsupportive, you might want to consider inpatient care. However, you can still benefit from outpatient detoxification by checking into a sober living facility during the early stages of your recovery.

On the other hand, if you are addicted to drugs that have a high risk of relapse - including opioids, benzodiazepines, and alcohol - you might be better off checking into an inpatient detox center. Further, these drugs might cause you to suffer adverse withdrawal symptoms, some of which might turn out to be life-threatening.

While enrolled in an outpatient detoxification program, you may receive medications to help ease your withdrawal symptoms as well as reduce your drug and alcohol cravings. In other instances, the program might prescribe these medications as replacements to the drugs that you used to take. After that, you will start being weaned off these maintenance medications over several weeks or months.

Although most of the therapy and counseling services will be provided after you have gone through withdrawal and succeeded in overcoming it, some outpatient detoxification programs might also offer therapeutic meetings. This is because psychological support could prove useful during the early stages of your recovery. Without this support, you might end up suffering a relapse.


When you check into an outpatient detoxification program, you will meet with support staff and counselors. These professionals will take you through the evaluation, stabilization, and aftercare stages of your detox process until you are ready to make the transition to an addiction treatment program, such as an inpatient or outpatient drug rehab center.

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