Outpatient Detox

At Athens Area Commencement Center, we believe that treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) should be individualized to meet each client’s needs and goals. That’s why we offer outpatient detox services to our adult clients who are appropriately stable and meet medical criteria. This can be a great option for clients who don’t need the 24/7 care of residential detox but could still benefit from a structured detox program. 

What Is Outpatient Detox?

Outpatient detox, also known as ambulatory detox, is when the detoxification process is done outside of the treatment facility, such as in the client’s home. The process of detoxification occurs when an addicted person stops using, as the body naturally flushes out substances and toxins built up in their system. 

However, the detox process can be difficult, both physically and psychologically. Addicted individuals have a dependence on substances, which means that withdrawal will likely set in during the detox process. With withdrawal comes a variety of unpleasant symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Vomiting/nausea
  • Confusion
  • Changes in appetite
  • Irritability
  • Seizures

The symptoms of withdrawal are one of the reasons why detoxification can be a difficult process to get through. Having the support of friends and family, along with a knowledgeable care team, can make the process easier and more likely to succeed. 

Our outpatient detox is completed with medical monitoring, medication supervision, and clinical support while also allowing the comfort and convenience of being at home. Clients are monitored and reassessed daily by our medical professionals while providing detox medications as necessary to manage withdrawal symptoms. The detoxification process can be dangerous if not done with proper supervision, and the safety of our clients is our top priority. Outpatient detox is a safe and convenient alternative to detoxing at an inpatient facility. 

Who Benefits From Outpatient Detox?

Adults detoxing from alcohol, opiates, and other drugs may benefit from our outpatient detox service if they meet a set of criteria. This criterion is designed to determine if the client has a stable mental state, an ambulatory space that allows for successful detox, and a support system strong enough to care for them during the detox process. 

To determine if outpatient detox is right for you, our team will ask you questions about your living situation, your support system, and your mental health. If they determine that you’re in a good place to start outpatient detox, you’ll then proceed to the next steps. Some factors that may make outpatient detox a good option for you include:

  • You have a stable mental state
  • Your residence is substance-free
  • You have a person in your support system that can monitor you
  • Your family and friends support your recovery
  • You have reliable transportation
  • Your addiction is mild to moderate in severity

What to Expect During the Process

During the process, you should expect to visit the treatment facilities daily to undergo medical assessments with our addiction professionals. They will check up on your physical and mental well-being, as well as make sure that your detox process is comfortable and safe for you. In specific cases, you may be given medication to help ease withdrawal symptoms and make the process easier.

Be prepared for regular check-ins, counseling sessions, and medical monitoring to ensure a smooth transition. While the process facilitates autonomy, you should remain committed to the prescribed program, engaging in therapeutic activities and adhering to medication schedules. Expect fluctuating emotions and physical discomfort, but also anticipate gaining coping strategies and support networks essential for sustained recovery.

During the detox stage, you’ll begin the recovery process and be incorporated into group activities with clients in different stages of treatment. Interacting with those further along in the process can be encouraging if you’re just starting on your own journey. Here, you’ll be able to take support and wisdom from others who have been in the same place as you. One-on-one therapy, group sessions, and support groups can be valuable tools during the difficult step of detoxification.

What Happens After Detox?

Post-outpatient detox, you will enter a critical phase of your recovery journey. Expect a transition marked by ongoing support and the cultivation of coping mechanisms. While physical dependence may have been addressed, psychological and behavioral aspects are pivotal in sustaining recovery. You will engage in an outpatient rehabilitation program comprising counseling, therapy, and support groups designed to address the root causes of addiction. Psychoeducation plays a crucial role, providing tools to manage triggers and stressors. A personalized aftercare plan is developed, integrating strategies for relapse prevention and holistic well-being.

Rebuilding social connections is important in this stage, as supportive relationships contribute significantly to recovery success. Expect periodic follow-up appointments to monitor progress and adjust the aftercare plan as needed. Developing a routine that prioritizes health, mindfulness, and positive habits is vital to maintaining sobriety. Challenges may arise, but our network of professionals and your peers will provide ongoing assistance. 

During this time, you’ll learn to cultivate a mindset of continuous growth, recognizing that recovery is a dynamic process. Celebrate milestones and remain engaged in a supportive community, fostering resilience for the long-term journey ahead.

Athens Area Commencement Center is committed to your well-being and empowering you to live a life of sobriety. We want to help you determine the right path for you and give you the tools you need to succeed

If you think outpatient detox may be the right choice for you or a loved one with substance use disorder (SUD), Athens Area Commencement Center is here to help. Give us a call at (706) 546-7355.