An Outpatient Program (OP) provides addiction treatment when you’ve been struggling with a dependence to drugs or alcohol. At an Outpatient Program (OP) you’ll have more flexibility with your schedule, and you’ll have more freedom than you would at a residential treatment facility or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). When you’re ready to get sober, it’s always a good idea to speak with an addiction specialist first so that you can determine if an Outpatient Program (OP) is right for you.
Coming to Terms with Your Addiction
At an Outpatient Program, you’ll be educated about the disease of addiction, which is extremely beneficial when it comes to surrendering to the fact that you’re powerless over drugs or alcohol. The first step in any type of addiction recovery is admitting a loss of control, and it’s something that many addicts have trouble doing. The reason that it’s so hard to admit powerlessness when it comes to a dependence to drugs or alcohol is because addiction is a disease of the mind that inhibits the part of the brain responsible for self-awareness. It’s the only illness that a person can have that tells him or her that they don’t have a problem at all. Many addicts are in a state of denial about their drinking or drug use, so they justify and rationalize their substance abuse by any and all means possible.
When is an Outpatient Program (OP) Right for You?
An Outpatient Program isn’t meant for everyone. If someone is suffering from a severe form of addiction which has led them to chronic relapses or near-death experiences due to their substance abuse, they should go to a residential program. An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a great place for patients to transition to after being in a residential facility, but it’s also good for those who are ready to get sober and not resistant to the idea. Those who go to an OP are often in the early stages of addiction and need minimal amounts of treatment and therapy. Outpatient is also the perfect form of treatment for anyone who has responsibilities like work or school that they have to deal with because you can live at home and also go to treatment a few times a week.
Sober Living for Outpatient
While you’re attending outpatient, it may be a good idea to stay in a sober living home. For many addicts, their environment and living situation is one of the main contributing factors for their addiction. Being in a sober living home allows you to live with other addicts who are going through treatment as well, so it provides you with a safe living space. One of the best parts of residing in a sober living home is that you’ll have a support group right there for you whenever you’re having a rough day.
During your addiction treatment, you can receive different types of therapy where you’ll not only learn more about your specific history with addiction, but you’ll also find ways of overcoming your triggers. Through art therapy, music therapy and meditation therapy, you’ll begin the healing process and see that there’s a much better way to live that doesn’t involve alcohol or drugs. Specialty programs for executives, first responders, healthcare workers as well as seniors are also available to cater to the specific needs of different backgrounds.
An Outpatient Program provides the perfect combination of treatment while also allowing you to live a normal life. The purpose of getting sober is to enable you to regain control of your life, and outpatient treatment allows you to do that while you get the care that you need. At Waters Edge, you’ll gain the tools you need to have a happy, healthy life free from active addiction.
If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, don’t hesitate to call Waters Edge now at 855-782-1009. Counselors are available to answer any questions you may have. The help you need is here – don’t wait any longer.