Can I Get Outpatient Counseling For My Alcohol Addiction?

There are several treatment options available for those who are struggling with an alcohol addiction. In most cases, it is possible to enroll in an outpatient program for an alcohol dependency problem. Outpatient treatment is a good option for those who need help but cannot take time off from their job or other responsibilities.

If you are choosing outpatient treatment, it is important that you are committed to treatment and in a stable condition. You should receive an evaluation from a medical professional or addictions specialist before choosing between an outpatient and inpatient treatment program.

You may experience symptoms of alcohol withdrawal when you first stop drinking. An inpatient treatment center may be best for those who experience severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include anxiety, nausea, headaches, insomnia, sweating, and shaking hands. Some people with severe alcohol withdrawal may experience hallucinations, seizures, and delirium tremens. Delirium tremens can occur two to three days after you quit drinking alcohol. Although it is a rare and serious symptom of alcohol withdrawal, it can also be accompanied by a racing heart, a fever, and heavy sweating.

What types of outpatient treatment plans are available?

The three most common types of outpatient treatment programs are:

  • General Outpatient Treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization Treatment

If you only experience mild or no physical withdrawal symptoms, outpatient counseling can work for you. Outpatient programs can vary even within the same facility. You will typically be expected to attend the program at least one day a week. You might take part in group therapy as well as individual counseling. Some programs may require more or less of a time commitment. Intensive outpatient programs usually require you to attend the program several days a week for several hours at a time. In most circumstances, you will still engage in group therapy and individual counseling sessions.

Partial hospitalization is another option for those looking for alcohol addiction treatment. Although it is still considered an outpatient treatment, a partial hospitalization program usually takes places every day of the week for several hours a day. Patients can receive both counseling treatment and medical supervision. However, you still have the option to go home at night with a partial hospitalization program.

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