How Does Outpatient Detox Work?

Are you trying to overcome a drug or an alcohol addiction but still want to maintain a normal routine? An outpatient detox may be the right option. In this type of treatment, a rehabilitation center allows you to visit the facility for detox service then go back home. The center offers the same level of efficacy and safety as inpatient detox but with fewer disruptions to your daily activities and at a more affordable cost.

What is Detox & What it Entails?

Detoxification, or simply detox, is the process of removing all traces of alcohol or other drugs from your body while managing the withdrawal symptoms. Detox is the first step towards regaining control and reversing physical dependencies.

Immediate quitting, when you are physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, can trigger withdrawal symptoms, which can be dangerous. A detox program can help in the following ways.

• Address any medical complication that may arise
• Suppress the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms
• Lower the risk of relapse as a result of a painful withdrawal

A typical outpatient detox program consists of three important steps. The first step is the evaluation. This involves gathering information and assessing your situations to help a team of specialists to tailor a detox plan according to your needs. The team may include doctors, counselors, therapists, and nurses. They will assess several aspects of your health and drug used to customize the detox plan. In most cases, they will consider the following.

• Age
• Gender
• Mental and physical health
• Blood tests as well as an assessment of the medical status
• The substance abused and the level of addiction
• Social situation (relationships)

If you have a strong support system at home, outpatient detox will be an ideal treatment option.

In special cases, the team may recommend an inpatient detox plan if they find out that your situation requires a high level of supervision. This is most likely to happen when the patient has a history of heavy alcohol use combined with other drugs.

The other two steps are stabilization and the transition into treatment. Stabilization consists of physical and psychological processes aimed at helping you manage withdrawal and acute intoxications. The processes may include using medication to suppress withdrawal symptoms, having a nutritious diet, familiarizing you on the treatment, and including family and friends when necessary.

Transitioning into treatment is aimed at preparing you to start the detox treatment. The team of specialists will motivate you to follow through the detox program and discuss with you how to manage attempts of relapse.

When the specialist determines that you are safe for outpatient detox, and they have prepared you for the program, the treatment will start. The duration of detox varies based on several factors such as dosage, and the length of alcohol abuse. Typically, the program requires close monitoring at the facility for about five to six hours and usually last for three days to a few weeks.

Outpatient detox for alcohol addiction may include the use of medications to ease withdrawal symptoms. This will help you feel more comfortable to focus on your recovery. While you are under detox, you will be given medication to take overnight until you return the following day.

The detox center offers more than detox. It develops a complete treatment plan which may include individual therapy, attendance to support groups, exercise regimen, healthy nutrition, biofeedback, family counseling, and other interventions to help you cope with stress and manage the temptation of relapse. During the detox period, it will be useful to participate in at least one individual or group training and counseling session.

Here are some of the reasons why outpatient detox program is a better recovery option.

Less time consuming (No waiting)

Since there is no arrangement for admission, the team at the center will attend to your situations immediately. You will not have to wait in long queues in hospitals to be attended by a doctor.

Intensive care

Effective detox program involves gradual tapering of the medication and management of withdrawal symptoms. This might be compromised if you are in an inpatient facility that might be under pressure to discharge patients.


Outpatients detox services are relatively more affordable than inpatient detoxification.
Negative effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Most people are lured to alcohol and drugs because they may bring a feeling of euphoria, decrease anxiety, and increase energy, but eventually, they may cause severe consequences. Consistent use of alcohol can make your body dependent on it. Illicit drugs can also get you to jail. A criminal record may make it difficult for you to secure a job, visa for overseas travel, or even a loan.

What to Expect after Detox

When you are discharged from a detox program, you will be given medication related to the program along with information about aftercare. The aftercare plan is supposed to help you continue with the treatment.

Some patients may experience withdrawal symptoms after the program. The withdrawal process might be characterized by negative feelings, but keeping the end goal in mind will help you navigate through uncomfortable symptoms.

The withdrawal symptoms often occur within 24 hours after the last dose. These symptoms can peak after 2 to 7 days upon completing the last detox drink and extend for about 2 to 8 weeks. Apart from discomfort, some of the withdrawal symptoms include.

• Mild anxiety
• Nausea
• Insomnia
• Mild tremors
• Vomiting and poor appetite
• Increased blood pressure and heart rate
• Dehydration
• Restlessness and poor concentration
• Sweating
• Hot and cold flashes

In most cases, the above withdrawal symptoms can be effectively managed with the right medication. You will be closely monitored during the detox period to identify severe physical and psychiatric symptoms. If symptoms worsen, you will be taken to an inpatient facility.

Where to Seek Help

With the right help and support, you can overcome your drug or alcohol addiction. Dream Center for Recovery welcomes the opportunity to assist you to recover through an outpatient detox program. Feel free to get in touch with us through 877-978-3148 at any time of day or night.