Being addicted to drugs, whether prescription or illegal, can and will take a toll on your body, mind, and spirit. That doesn’t even include what it will do to your relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. Once you have made the choice to check into a local outpatient drug rehab, it’s quite important to make sure you are as successful as possible while you have the chance. The harder you try during rehab, the better you will become in the end.
When you are wondering how to make your outpatient drug rehab a success, you have come to the right place. Read on to learn more.
Get Through Detox First
Depending on the facility, you may or may not have the opportunity to go through a medically-monitored detox in the outpatient rehab you choose. You can’t fully utilize the services of an outpatient rehab if you aren’t clean or at least in a program, so make sure this is your very first step. If the outpatient program you’re planning to attend doesn’t offer detox services, you should find a center that does before you commit. Check out local hospitals and clinics to choose the right detox center for your needs. You may need to take part in an inpatient detox program in another place before you go to rehab.
Making outpatient rehab a success means dedicating your full attention to the program. You can’t do this if you are still using drugs or alcohol, so make sure you find a place that offers detox before you commit to an outpatient program.
Find the Right Rehab
You wouldn’t choose a college that doesn’t offer the things you need, so why would you choose an outpatient clinic that doesn’t, either? It’s important to find the right facility for your needs. Consider the location, the price, the services, and the sessions. When you want your rehab stay to be a success, you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible during your stay. Research your options carefully, and don’t be afraid to ask for a quick tour. Consider some of the following questions before you go:
• What are the hours?
• What days can I go?
• Are there weekend sessions?
• What therapy options are there?
• Does the rehab treat dual diagnosis patients?
• How experienced are the therapists and counselors?
• Do they offer 12-step meetings and other support groups?
When you are comfortable with the program you choose, you’ll have a greater chance of succeeding in the program. If you dislike the program or people, there is a good chance you won’t bother going day after day.
Everyone knows the old saying- an addict will only get help when they are ready. This is true for your situation, too. You have to be ready to fully commit to the program once you are in it if you want to get the help you so desperately need. Come prepared to participate in the program as much as possible. If you go into the rehab program with an uncaring and dismissive attitude, you won’t get the help you’re hoping for. Be prepared to participate during group and family meetings, and get ready to pour your heart out to your therapist during any private sessions. The more you are willing to give, the more you will get back from the facility.
Build a Support System
While outpatient therapy can work just as well as inpatient therapy does, you’ll want to have a strong support system at home if you choose the former. That’s because outpatient rehab allows patients to come in during the day or at night for sessions without requiring an overnight stay. Once you are done for the day, you’ll be responsible for taking care of yourself on your own. Having a strong support system at home, work, or school is crucial to your continued success. Always make sure to remove yourself from situations and people who cause you to want to use drugs or drink.
You may also want to attend 12-step meetings as much as you can while you take part in outpatient rehab. Ask for a sponsor that will help keep you on track when you feel like you’re starting to slip. Having the support of your loved ones around you will help you succeed during this difficult time. If the center offers it, make sure to participate in family therapy sessions with your immediate family. If you have young children, family therapy is even more important.
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When you are ready to commit to rehab, we can help. Call us at 833-820-2922 for more information on what we offer.