What is Outpatient Alcohol Detox?

You’ve decided that it is time to confront your addiction and detox, there are several options available. When choosing from inpatient and outpatient detox, many factors should be considered. Type and severity of one’s addiction are of course key elements. Also, one’s home environment should be evaluated for complicating issues. Let’s look at some pros and cons of outpatient detox.

Outpatient Pros

One of the biggest pros of outpatient detox is that to some degree you can continue to live your life. You can be around your family, pets, friends, and other support structures.

Sessions take less time, but there are still accountability measures that are built in. Because there is less need for round-the-clock care, outpatient detox can be a more affordable rehab option.

Outpatient Cons

For some people, being around your familiar environment can actually be a con. For many people, their living situation is a major contributing factor to their addiction, and so being away is essential for a recovery. Temptation to relapse can be really challenging because there is more access to substances in outpatient detox.

If a person doesn’t have a strong support network, it can also be really isolating and lonely. When withdrawal symptoms set in, it’s beneficial to have medical professionals at hand who can reassure us and provide assistance.

What is Best?

For people with mild to moderate alcoholism, this is something you’ll have to decide for yourself as recovery rates are about the same. But for people with severe alcoholism, it may be necessary to do inpatient detox. Whichever option you choose, the important thing is to actually do it. If you’re in Southern Florida or any other part of the state, call us at (844) 299-0618 to discuss your options and help make an educated decision about which is the best type of detox for you.


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