How to find an outpatient rehab
Plenty of people need rehabilitation for their addiction to drugs, alcohol, nicotine and other substances. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse notes that 40 million Americans meet criteria for addiction. Clearly, not all of these people are going to inpatient rehabilitation centers every year. Millions of people rely on outpatient rehab options to help them stop their dependence and learn coping mechanisms to avoid getting addicted again.
Why Outpatient Rehab?
Inpatient rehab is neither necessary nor appropriate for every person. Many people need to find a way to manage their addictions without taking a lot of time away from work or family. These are the people that outpatient rehab was designed for. If you:
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- have not been addicted for several years
- have a lot of support from family and friends
- do not expect a difficult withdrawal
- cannot afford inpatient rehab
then outpatient rehab might be the right choice for you.
The first person to ask is your doctor. Make an appointment to get a thorough checkup and discuss your concerns about addiction. Your doctor will be able to make recommendations to clinics where you can receive professional treatment from a qualified therapist. Be sure to contact your health insurance to see what services are covered, and how much you might be expected to pay out of pocket. Many clinics offer access to meetings, classes and support groups where you can talk with people going through the same experience and share insights into ways to cope with withdrawal or the pressure to use again.
Outpatient Rehab Reviews
Once you have a couple of places to check out, you can go online to get a sense for how others view outpatient rehab centers in your area. Rehabitation is a very different experience for each person, so you want to read several reviews of each location. Take a moment to research the approaches that each center takes to therapy, withdrawal, peer support and more. That way, you will have a better idea which clinic or center will be right for you.
Making a decision about inpatient or outpatient rehab is never an easy one. However, by visiting your doctor and doing some research, you will find an outpatient center that will provide you with the rehabilitation you need to stay healthy for years to come.