Simply put, outpatient treatment for alcohol and drug addiction is provided for clients who continue to live at home. Treatment centres are generally available within easy travelling distance of a client’s home. Provision may include medical treatment, psychiatric assessment, counselling services, plus home and personal-care support, according to need.
Alcohol and drug addiction is a progressive illness, and medical intervention is essential once a pattern of regular or harmful use has been recognised. Outpatient treatment may be appropriate for those who are not necessarily physically dependent on alcohol or drugs, or for those who do not use on a daily basis. As a result of professional assessment, other forms of treatment may be recommended for the client’s benefit.
During outpatient treatment, the client is asked to follow a personal recovery plan. There are various professional services available to provide care and support during this process.
A qualified care-coordinator provides immediate care and support, monitors the client’s recovery and medical circumstances, and works with the client to implement and adapt the recovery plan, as the process moves along.
Alcohol and drug use is associated with a host of chronic and progressive diseases. An initial assessment of the client’s medical condition at the beginning of the treatment process is crucial, but ongoing reviews of basic health indicators, such as blood pressure and liver function, are also important.
Alcohol and drug use is often associated with conditions such as anxiety, depression and sleeping disorders. Often these are the direct result of the alcohol and drug use, but psychiatric reviews can help to identify other underlying disorders. More generally, psychiatric review and treatment aim to identify negative or obstructive beliefs and create more positive and constructive attitudes and values.
Counselling services provide care and support for the client and help to develop a more effective understanding of personal feelings and circumstances. Counselling aims to identify the causes underlying addictive behaviour and develop the insight and self-esteem required to remain sober and promote positive personal development.
A qualified therapist works with the client to develop strategies to help prevent relapse into alcohol or drug use. Typical techniques involve identifying episodes of cravings, or negative behaviour-patterns, and situations or circumstances that put the client at high-risk of relapse. The client is encouraged to develop new and positive ways of thinking that reinforce abilities to cope in difficult circumstances and remain sober in the short and the long term.
Support for those closest to the client may be crucial for them, and also for the client’s own recovery. The addictive behaviour of an individual will inevitably create stresses and difficulties for those around them, emotional, financial, and so on. Alienation, abuse and violence are, sadly, not uncommon in relationships in which alcohol or drug use is present. It is important for all concerned that such issues can be addressed.
Immediate access to expert advice is available to discuss any issues related to the use of alcohol or drugs, including those associated with relapse, with the consequences of use, or with the need to obtain appropriate treatment.
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