While inpatient recovery centers tend to enjoy a stronger success rate than outpatient rehabilitation programs, not everyone has the luxury of attending a residential drug or alcohol treatment program. For some individuals, child care issues, work pressures or financial constraints necessitate outpatient rehabilitation in the wake of drug or alcohol addiction. With a dedicated number of hours of treatment per week, outpatient rehabilitation programs tend to focus on education, group meetings and addiction awareness. Naturally, outpatient programs require a strong sense of dedication and motivation in participants. By taking an active and mindful approach to outpatient treatment, individuals can make the most of their outpatient rehabilitation program here at The Orchid Recovery Center and prepare for a sober life ahead.
Maximizing an Outpatient Rehabilitation Program
The first step to sobriety in an outpatient rehabilitation program comes with the acknowledgment of addiction and the decision to enroll. Because outpatient programs rely on patient participation, you will want to maximize your success in treatment with practical measures. Here are just a few ways you can make the most of your outpatient rehabilitation program in your pursuit of sobriety.
- Regular Attendance
Outpatient programs occur for a limited number of hours per week, requiring consistent attendance. Avoid missing appointments at your outpatient rehabilitation program, and ensure that you arrive distraction-free and ready to learn and heal.
- Comply with Medical Rules and Regulations
Outpatient rehabilitation centers do not generally have on-site detoxification facilities. Instead, most facilities require that patients detoxify from drugs or alcohol three days to a week before enrollment. Ensure that you have successfully – and sufficiently – detoxified before entering treatment at an outpatient facility. Additionally, you will need to comply with your outpatient program’s drug testing requirements to help them achieve a sober environment – and to ensure your own sobriety through accountability. Some outpatient rehabilitation programs will dispense necessary medications in order to help patients achieve sobriety; in these cases, faithful maintenance of prescription ingestion will be required.
- Maintain a Nurturing Home Environment
During outpatient rehabilitation, participants remain in their original home environment. Make sure that you create a positive, nurturing and sober environment at home. For some, this will involve changing roommates, entering couples counseling, creating a more organized and healing space, or eliminating drugs, alcohol and addiction triggers.
- Augment Your Recovery
Remember that outpatient rehabilitation programs are not, by nature, all-encompassing solutions. As such, make sure you augment your personal recovery from drug and alcohol addiction by attending 12-step meetings, acquiring a personal therapist, exercising and eating healthful meals. During group addiction counseling or family counseling sessions at your outpatient rehabilitation center, maintain a sense of honesty and reflect on your addiction in an attempt to gain greater insight for recovery.
- Remain Aware of Deeper Recovery Needs
In some cases, more intensive recovery will be required in order to achieve sobriety. By staying honest about and open to cues that deeper recovery work may be needed, you can help guard against a descent into addiction. If you find yourself relapsing, displaying symptoms of a secondary mental health disorder (known as “dual diagnosis”), or self-harming, you may require inpatient treatment in order to fully recover. Remember that there is no shame in reaching out for further help, and speak to your sponsor, care coordinator or outpatient counselor if you recognize a need for more intensive treatment.