Ambulatory detox is another lesser-known term used for outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs. With ambulatory detox treatment, clients can work toward recovery while still maintaining their work, home, and family lives. Both inpatient and outpatient treatment can offer medication-assisted detoxification, which can help to make the withdrawal process less difficult. 

Outpatient treatment can be just as effective as inpatient treatment in helping to manage withdrawal symptoms safely but might be more effective in clients whose symptoms are less severe. At Athens Area Commencement Center, we will work with you to provide you with the best treatment options based on your particular situation, history, and ongoing needs. 

Choosing Ambulatory Detox

Many of us resist going into treatment because we don’t want to leave our families behind. We might have children or parents we’re caring for who depend on us. For some of us, leaving home simply isn’t an option. Many of us are the main source of financial support for our families. We might be financially unable to leave work. 

Many of us might find that being away from the stability and security of home serves as an additional source of stress. That separation might be a potential trigger to use again. The thought of leaving home to go into residential treatment can dissuade us from seeking help. Ambulatory detox can be the ideal solution in many of these cases. 

Helping Recovery Become More Accessible

Ambulatory detox can help recovery become more accessible by showing what ongoing recovery is really like, in real-time, in our every day, “normal” lives. We’re able to implement the necessary changes to our existing daily routines and create healthier ones. We have the chance to look at our existing habits and instill new ones. With continuous support, we can actively monitor for potential triggers in our existing lives and get help managing those triggers. Working on our recovery while keeping our home life and daily routines intact might help us to more easily implement everything we learn as we go in real-time. 

Being in outpatient treatment doesn’t mean you’ll be taking the easier way out or cutting corners. You’ll still be fully committed to your recovery. You’ll have access to the same ongoing support and helpful resources as with inpatient treatment. Regular Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings, educational groups, and other group sessions will be an important part of your work. You’ll be expected to take your recovery just as seriously as with inpatient treatment programs. 

Home Life Stability and Ambulatory Detox

Ambulatory detox can work effectively for those of us whose home lives are stable, including our family life and our work or school life. Candidates for outpatient treatment are able to maintain their lives outside of treatment while also focusing on their recovery work. For some, their addictive patterns might be easier to manage alongside home life responsibilities. Their addictive symptoms might be less destabilizing.

Ambulatory detox is not suitable for everyone. When starting out in our recovery journeys, many of us are still navigating the many ups and downs of addiction. We may not have a stable home life yet. Many of us are living in homes with other active users. Our relationships might not be healthy, with codependent and enabling behaviors that contribute to our use. We might be using substances as a means of coping with the stresses of our toxic family dynamics. For those of us in these kinds of situations, leaving a home environment that is harmful to our sobriety can be a critical step in our recovery. We may find that inpatient treatment is the fresh start we need in order to begin healing.

Choosing the Best Treatment Programs

When choosing the best treatment programs for you, the treatment center will evaluate your situation and identify your unique needs. Athens Area Commencement Center will assess for safety and determine whether inpatient or outpatient treatment would be safest for you. Treatment counselors will also be able to help identify what programs would be most effective for you. 

Ambulatory detox treatment centers will work to make sure you won’t be at increased risk for relapse while in outpatient treatment. The treatment center will look at your history of co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety or other mental health conditions that might require further in-depth support. Treatment counselors will also look at your relapse history to see if you might be at risk of relapsing again. 

You’ll want to be as honest as possible about any difficulties you’re facing, whether mental or emotional health issues, physical health conditions, or legal or financial troubles, to make sure you’re getting all the help you need. Thanks to ambulatory detox programs, not being able to leave home for treatment doesn’t mean you can’t get the help and support you deserve.

Athens Area Commencement Center is a community-based program that has been helping people like you to recover for more than 30 years. With the support and guidance of our dedicated staff, you’ll find the path that is best for you. We’ll help you figure out whether inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment, otherwise known as ambulatory detox, will be the safest and most effective for you. We’ll work with you to assess your situation, your home life, and your unique needs to come up with an individualized treatment plan for you that will best serve you in your recovery. To find out more, reach out to us today at (706) 546-7355.

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