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Moving Beyond Drug Addiction with Outpatient Therapy

How many times has drug addiction been glamorized in movies? Although lethal, drugs like heroin and other narcotics are still portrayed as something cool on the big screen. Whether it’s a flashback to the 1990s dance club or in the corporate world in films like “The Wolf on Wall Street”, it seems that making narcotic abuse mainstream is hip. However, the reality of addiction is far from glamorous.

The Power of Narcotics

The ill-effects of narcotics are far reaching and oftentimes lethal. Sudden death from overdose happens more frequently than believed. Known for its fast-acting, intense high from narcotics temporarily increases all functions of the user’s central nervous system, which includes blood pressure, respiration, heart rate and temperature. Since it makes users feeling euphoric, the short-lived rush leads to the need for more. Typically, crashing leaves users feeling exhausted both mentally and physically. In turn, the vicious cycle begins and can quickly become an addiction.

Dependence and Withdraw

Walking away from narcotics is never easy, however, it is possible. The key is detoxing safely in a drug rehab PA under the supervision of medical professionals. Treatment for narcotic addiction can include in-patient or intensive outpatient therapy. Behavioral and cognitive therapy can significantly increase the chances of recovery.

Benefits of Outpatient Therapy

Outpatient addiction treatment provides affordable therapy for users. The most intensive outpatient drug rehab PA include one of more the following components:

  • Cognitive therapy emphasizes addiction as a learned behavior. CBT offers practical solutions that help users change their response and not give in to cravings.
  • Twelve-step programs introduce users into a 12-step recovery program. Teachings help users integrate into other supports systems like Narcotics Anonymous.
  • Relationship and family counseling allows spouses, partners and children attend group sessions and help build stronger family units with ongoing guidance and support.

Types of Outpatient Programs

Outpatient drug rehabilitation allows patients to live at home while attending treatment. Outpatient programs will vary, depending on intensity but all focus on education, counseling and building a strong support system.

Day Programs

Outpatient day programs offer a structured therapy within an outpatient setting. Users attending a day program usually commit to meeting at least five days a week. During treatment, users participate in individual and group therapy, biofeedback and possibly other therapies, which include music and art appreciation.

Participants return home after each therapy session, either to a safe house or to their families. Attending a day program demands a considerable time commitment, which often limits the ability to attend school or work.

Intensive Outpatient Therapy

Intensive outpatient treatment is defined by measurable milestones that aid in recovery. As each milestone is met, the time spent in therapy gradually deceases. This type of outpatient treatment works for those who are serious about getting clean but still need to work. Users may be required to attend multiple treatment sessions each week, which include individual and group therapy, relapse prevention education and possibly a 12-step recovery program.

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About the Author:Kelsey Eisenbeis

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