Oftentimes, for individuals with substance abuse concerns, one challenge can be the seemingly daunting nature of the care. For them, one option might be outpatient drug rehab.

The USA.gov site states: “Substance abuse is the misuse of alcohol (including underage drinking), use of illegal drugs, and the improper use of prescription or over-the-counter medications. It can damage your health and well-being at any age. Find treatment and recovery services for substance abuse, get help setting up a drug-free workplace, and learn how to prevent drug and alcohol problems.”

Of course, “outpatient treatment varies in the types and intensity of services offered,” writes the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The agency further notes: “Such treatment costs less than residential or inpatient treatment and often is more suitable for people with jobs or extensive social supports. It should be noted, however, that low-intensity programs may offer little more than drug education. Other outpatient models, such as intensive day treatment, can be comparable to residential programs in services and effectiveness, depending on the individual patient’s characteristics and needs. In many outpatient programs, group counseling can be a major component. Some outpatient programs are also designed to treat patients with medical or other mental health problems in addition to their drug disorders.”

Of course, one challenge can be identifying: What are some signs and symptoms of someone with a drug use problem? For this, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism notes that “people with drug problems might not act like they used to. They might:”

  • change their friends a lot
  • spend a lot of time alone
  • choose not to spend time with family and friends like they used to
  • lose interest in their favorite things
  • not take care of themselves—for example, not take showers, change clothes, or brush their teeth
  • be really tired and sad
  • have changes in eating habits (eating more or eating less)
  • be very energetic, talk fast, or say things that don’t make sense
  • be in a bad mood
  • quickly change between feeling bad and feeling good
  • sleep at strange hours
  • miss important appointments
  • have problems at work or at school
  • have problems in personal or family relationships

Outpatient Drug Rehab

How can someone know if outpatient drug rehab is right for them? What can it look like? It’s important to do the research, ask questions, seek help, and find the right solution. As we note: Since virtually all addictions, chemical or otherwise, are rooted in some form of co-occurring psychological disorder, it takes both time and supportive therapy to identify and address the root causes of your addiction.

Further, the outpatient drug rehab experience is designed with a “treatment / life” balance in mind.

Done right, individuals will receive effective and sometimes intense group and individual therapy, but in an outpatient structure, so they can continue to work their regular jobs and spend time with  family while getting the help they need.

People sometimes ask us what makes Turning Point Centers different from other drug and alcohol addiction treatment facilities.  Yes, we’re a dual-diagnosis treatment facility.  Yes, we’re a licensed vivitrol injection facility.  But, that’s not what sets us apart. What does set us apart is the fact that many on our staff previously suffered from drug and alcohol addiction and were treated at Turning Point Centers.  But what’s most important is that they believed in the Turning Point Centers treatment process so much, that they stayed on to help others make conquer their addictions and destructive behaviors. Click here to see some of our staff members tell their stories about recovering from addiction.

In the new revised 5th Edition of A Headache in the Pelvis (pgs. 326 – 330) which came out in May 2008, Stanford Psychologist David Wise, Pd.D. and Neurologist Rodney Anderson, M.D. refer to Alber Ellis’ Rational-Emotive Therapy and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and write:  “The best form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in our opinion, is offered in The Work of Byron Katie, who provides an approach to disarming catastrophic thinking by means of a process that one can do oneself.  This is one approach that we recommend.”  Wise and Anderson are practical, in the trenches, therapists who work daily with sever pelvic pain and other chronic syndromes.  They recommended Byron Katie’s method in their 4th edition of the book.  THANKS LORALEE FOR FINDING THIS INFORMATION!

A lot of people understand Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (once explained) but most potential clients ask “how do you do it in treatment?”  Here’s a little on some of the efforts made in treatment;  Cognitive Therapy talks about triggers; clients talk about feelings and thinking that leads to involvement in destructive behaviors like drug and alcohol addiction.  It also goes beyond talking.  Any good center that utilizes it will give strong educational homework like assignments that are given with expectations on how to relax and just be with your feelings.  “Lots of people with addiction hate being with feelings and they use these behaviors to escape uncomfortable feelings.  So Cognitive therapy will sort of focus on groups, individual sessions and bio feedback to help one regulate and stay with just uncomfortable feels and be able to manage without escaping them.” Dr. Marc Kern, Director of Addiction Alternatives.

And yet another report showing why Cognitive Therapy works…I was reading this today from the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists.  It fits the mold we love so much!

“CBT is based on the Cognitive Model of Emotional Response.  It is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations and events.”  Check this next statement out…”The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel/act better even if the situation does not change!”  Sounds familiar…I’m loving that this is our model.

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