Outpatient Programs for Addiction

Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment in General

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What does outpatient treatment mean? It means that a person gets alcohol and drug treatment in an outpatient environment versus an in-house or inpatient experience. They do their treatment while continuing in their own environment.

The majority of people are mandated to go into treatment. It is not the norm for a person to self-refer themselves into treatment unless something drastic happens. They hit a bottom of some sort.

A lot of times, people with addictions refer themselves because their spouse gives them an ultimatum. They tell them that if they don't go into treatment, they are leaving. The following are some of the reasons a person might come into treatment on their own:

  • Getting fired from a job
  • Doing something embarrassing in front of people they care about
  • Spouse leaves
  • Friends and family no longer talk to them
  • Get into a fight in a bar
  • Life feels out of control, they are sick and tired of being sick and tired
  • They get saved and want to change their lifestyle

  • Being mandated to go into treatment is usually a legal issue of some sort. They get arrested and are told they have to go to treatment. Or they lose their children due to alcohol and drug use and one of the stipulations for getting them back is to go into treatment. No matter the reason, they have to go to treatment or they will suffer consequences that they don't want to suffer.

    There are four types of outpatient treatment. Level I, Level II, day treatment and aftercare. Depending on the circumstances a person could go into any one of these four or even into inpatient which is called Level III. It is up to the alcohol and drug counselor to place them in the proper level of treatment.

    Day treatment is a fairly new level of treatment. It is the most intensive outpatient there is. It is almost like they are in inpatient because they are there almost every day for half the day. It is a very good alternative for someone who meets the criteria for inpatient but would be OK in outpatient.

    There are numerous Christian-based programs out there. Most referring agencies have their preferred treatment center. If it means a great deal to someone to get Christian recovery principles, they can find one and go to it in their own time, if they have any left over. The main thing a person needs to do if they find themselves in this position, is pray, pray, pray and pray some more.

    In John 8:36 it reads, "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."This is the hope for all born-again Christians. God does set people free. But a word of caution, if the authorities say that a person has to go to treatment, then by all means comply and do the time.

Written by: Sherry Colby