Chemical dependency is luckily becoming more and more of a concern in the medical field as the disease continues to wreck countless lives prematurely and make its way to the front pages of the news. Addiction and alcoholism are beginning to be viewed upon more and more as serious mental disorders due to the severity of casualties alcoholic thinking has left in its wake in recent years.
A study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism stated that approximately 90% of alcoholics will experience one or more substance reversions during a 4 year period after treatment. With that being the case, the odds are evidently stacked against those in recovery. Over the course of an 8 year period, 1,200 addicts/alcoholics were studied by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. In this study, many pertinent facts to addiction were made in the regards of relapse prevention. One of the first summaries showed only one-third of that number were able to stay sober with less than a year clean. The study also showed that for those who generate a year clean, less than half of them will relapse. Then it goes on to also show that if an addict or alcoholic can make it to 5 years in sobriety, their chances of throwing that away are only 15%.
Some addicts and alcoholics require a little initiative to keep the ball rolling after inpatient services are completed, whereas some are not able to attend an inpatient facility due to prior obligations. This in play is where additional services outside of treatment will be clinically recommended for some. This is something that can be completed in the form of Outpatient sessions or in its stricter counterpart, Intensive Outpatient.
Why Outpatient is Recommended
Outpatient programs are an opportunity for alcoholics to really do themselves a favor and put a little more energy into their recovery than is required. Outpatient, which basically is just the opposite of inpatient, is a form of individual and/or group therapy sessions that allows addicts and alcoholics to keep on their toes while slowly integrating into society.
Outpatient programs are put in place to ensure relapse doesn’t take a stance as the prevalent state of mind after inpatient. These programs are set up as a form of substance abuse treatment that allows you to live at home while receiving similar care that would be experienced through inpatient services. Outpatient is generally recommended for those that may be going through treatment and getting help for the first time. Often times, the clinical team will weigh out the individualized process of the individual and determine that person’s progress and mindset whether Intensive Outpatient or regular Outpatient may benefit them more. Many factors can contribute to this decision such as the length of time the individual has been dealing with substance abuse or even how prone that person is to relapsing and allowing alcoholic thinking to take back over.
Why Dream Center Recovery Outpatient?
While Outpatient programs can be very effective, they do not provide nearly the amount of structure that an inpatient program does. Because of this, the decision for Outpatient or IOP is one that is heavily weighed on by a case by case basis for individuals needing additional help thru Dream Center Recovery. We use a little bit different methodology in helping our clients than your average Outpatient or treatment services facility.
That being said, many of the decisions that Dream Center Recover’s Outpatient recommendations ride on in comparison to IOP have to do with:
- Less Severe Addictions
- Age of the Addiction
- The Type of Support Needed
- A Need for Aftercare
- Inpatient not Being an Option
Allowing yourself to be registered into our Outpatient program gives clients an extra sense of security while adjusting to society and being out of the “treatment bubble”. At Dream Center Recovery, our Outpatient program is a bridge between a structured environment and that of creating one on your own. At Dream Center Recovery, our Outpatient program stands out in the name of excellence. Our clients speak for themselves who merge back into healthy lifestyles with the integration of Outpatient and the little extra push some clients may need.
What to Expect at Dream Center Recovery Outpatient
Our Outpatient programs vary in structured schedules and timelines that are set up to benefit all of our clients with a few minor differences. Everyone progresses through chemical dependency at their own place and we recognize the need to take things at a different rate for some. One of the most notable differences between our traditional Outpatient program and IOP is that the latter provides a more amplified, structured service.
Finally, there is a common misconception that some Outpatient programs are the opposite of residential inpatient programs in regards to treatment intensity. When it comes to the intensity of Outpatient care at Dream Center Recovery, there is a large degree of variation contingent upon every individual. Nothing is made to be entirely too difficult for anybody, but the blueprints to our Outpatient program are designed to challenge the alcoholic thinking that exists in our clients. Our end game is for the return of non-obsessive thinking that allows any and all addicts walking through our doors to carry on in life without alcoholic thinking ruining the decision making process. There are varying shapes and sizes of recovery for everybody at Dream Center Recovery.