Congratulations to you for making the decision that you need addiction treatment for your Rohypnol abuse issue. We understand how difficult this decision was to make and how strong the negative forces of addiction are. In addition, you are probably struggling with the concerns you have about the investment of time, money and energy that is required to be successful in treatment. There are many options available to you and you may need to explore these options in an effort to make the right decision for you. To understand more about the pros and cons of being at home in recovery, you may want to learn more about your treatment options, understand when outpatient treatment works best, and explore some of the disadvantages of outpatient treatment.
In the post, “Treatment Options to Addiction,” the author notes that no one addiction treatment option is right for everyone, and most professionals agree that there are several viable treatment options including the following:
- Standard treatment programs that provide educational and therapy sessions generally focused on getting sober and preventing relapse, which may include family and group sessions. Depending on the individual’s level of addiction, these programs may include residential or outpatient settings.
- Self-help groups where people can meet other individuals with the same or similar problems, which often help increase motivation.
- Counseling/psychotherapy, most often in one-on-one therapy sessions with a specialist, but may also include family therapy sessions with a specialist to provide higher chances of a positive outcome by helping to strengthen the support system. These sessions often include coping with cravings, avoiding the substance and relapse, dealing with possible relapses, and may also incorporate discussions about legal problems, relationships with family and friends, work, school and more.
- Detoxification helps you stop taking the addictive substance as quickly as possible, which often occurs at an inpatient or outpatient residential setting. This withdrawal therapy may involve gradually reducing the dose of the drug or temporarily substituting the substance with other substances that have less serious side effects.
- Behavioral therapy gives patients the opportunity to change their attitudes and behaviors related to their substance abuse, explore how to avoid and cope with situations that put them at risk, address the variety of influences on their substance abuse, and provide positive reinforcement to promote abstinence from addictive substances.
For many people, the most successful path is to incorporate all of these services in a single treatment arrangement.
When Outpatient Treatment Works Best
Some of the first things people think about when they think about outpatient treatment are that it is a less expensive option, that it is more often covered by insurance, and that it gives you the flexibility to remain at home to attend to your obligations there. All of that is true, but there are additional insights you get from the post, “Outpatient Drug Rehab: How, Why, and When It Works Best,” including the following:
- Upon discharge from an inpatient treatment program, the majority of people in recovery benefit from outpatient drug rehab. Outpatient following residential treatment allows you to continue monitoring your progress. In addition, this follow up treatment strengthens the resolve to overcome your substance abuse disorder and continue living without the need for abusing drugs.
- Because addiction results in a variety of health problems throughout your entire body, you may want to receive ongoing outpatient treatment to help heal your body further. You can also take advantage of ongoing screening for any possible diseases transmitted as a result of risky sexual behavior or the sharing of needles during your drug addiction to avoid putting an additional strain on your recovery from a substance abuse disorder.
In essence, when used as a follow up to inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment can give you an affordable way to reintroduce yourself to your former living environment, get support to avoid relapse, and learn how to engage with others without the use of drugs or alcohol.
Some Disadvantages of Outpatient Treatment
The strongest arguments for seeking inpatient treatment are that you are removed from the environment in which you started abusing drugs, you are in a residential facility with supervised continuous care, you are given several therapeutic options, your treatment plan is monitored and altered as you progress, and you are offered aftercare support to avoid relapse.
Before making your decision on treatment options, you may want to consider some additional insights that are provided in the post, “Disadvantages of Outpatient Rehab.”
Outpatient treatment does not provide the structure or regimen that many people need to be successful in treatment. It is solely up to the individual to maintain their treatment method on top of their daily obligations. Outpatient treatment also has a primary focus on addiction treatment and often does not have as comprehensive a program for other aspects of the addict’s life including health care and dietary needs.
Without supervision, if a person experiences a high-risk situation, they may not be prepared enough or strong enough to resist the urge to use again. Knowing that support is very important in treatment, the outpatient environment does not supervise whether an addict takes advantage of group therapy and its benefits.
You need to explore these various issues to determine whether your best chance for success in freeing yourself from addiction can be met in an inpatient or outpatient treatment setting.
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