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Alternatives To Inpatient Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs

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If you have an addiction to alcohol and want to stop drinking, then it is in your best interest to look into an alcohol rehab program. And, while the residential programs are successful for most people, there are some other options that are available to you that do not involve a live-in environment. Keep reading to learn about a few of them so you can start to develop the plan that works the best for you. 

Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization is an alternative to inpatient rehabilitation where you are able to take part in some of the same activities that you would at a fulltime treatment center. The difference is that you will go to the hospital or treatment center three to five days a week for about four to five hours each day. You will then be able to go home afterward.

This type of program is best for anyone who requires some form of medical treatment. For example, if you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms, psychiatric ailments, or if you have a chronic condition that requires monitoring, then this is a good choice. However, you will need to be highly motivated to stop drinking completely as you will not have 24-hour support staff available to you.

This type of treatment also involves a more pinpointed plan that is scheduled in advance with group meetings and psychotherapy. This is different from an inpatient option where your treatment is based on your progress each day. So, you should be able to articulate your desires and needs in terms of the program so the scheduling can be worked out.

Intensive Outpatient Program

If you are currently in a situation where you are unable to leave your work or school responsibilities, then you will need a program that fits better around your schedule. And, this is something that is possible with an outpatient program. These programs are typically geared towards individuals who have successfully completed the more intense programs and are ready to learn the skills to reduce their relapse risks. However, individuals who are in the newer stages of rehabilitation can use the services as well, especially if you have a good support structure at home that can assist you.

The outpatient program will typically focus on socialization skills and ways to help you remain sober over a long period of time. This means that therapy and group sessions are going to be a big part of the treatment.