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Outpatient Alcohol Rehab Programs

When you or your loved one is struggling with an alcohol use disorder (AUD), you may be unsure about the various types of treatment options available. You may have heard about inpatient and outpatient treatment programs but aren’t sure which is right for you. While outpatient treatment is a valuable treatment option, it may not always be the most appropriate level of care for certain individuals, such as those with relatively more severe AUD and/or significant acute alcohol withdrawal risks. Undergoing a thorough assessment by a doctor or other substance abuse treatment professional can help you determine if outpatient treatment is right for you.
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What is Outpatient Treatment?

Outpatient treatment is a form of treatment for drug and alcohol use disorders in which a person regularly attends treatment at an outpatient center but is able to return to their home or other outside living arrangements outside of program hours.1 Several types of outpatient programs are available, with a varying number of treatment hours per week and intensity of oversight.2 Some programs offer daily sessions and others only meet 1 to 3 times per week.3

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Therapies Used in Outpatient Alcohol Treatment

Many outpatient alcohol treatment centers will utilize a combination of medical and behavioral treatment interventions, though these approaches may vary from one program to the next as well as based on the type of substance use disorder being treated.

Common Medication for Outpatient Alcohol Rehab

Numerous medications may be used in outpatient alcohol treatment to aid with withdrawal management and help prevent relapse. These medications are used in conjunction with counseling. The long-term use of drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine is often incorporated into treatment to aid in managing symptoms of withdrawal from opioids and in controlling cravings and preventing relapse.8

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How Effective is Outpatient Alcohol Rehab?

Are you thinking to yourself “is outpatient alcohol rehab for me” and is it an effective form of treatment? Outpatient alcohol treatment has been demonstrated to be effective for an AUD; however, some people tend to do better overall in this type of setting than others.

Outpatient Alcohol Rehab With AAC is a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers (AAC), a nationwide provider of addiction treatment facilities. Outpatient alcohol treatment with AAC is uniquely tailored to meet every patient’s specific needs; we know there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment.


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