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Alcohol Dependency: Is Outpatient Detox for You?


Going ‘cold turkey’ for alcoholism and sweating out the detox period (literally) on your own can be vicious. If you’d prefer not to participate in an inpatient detox program, consider an outpatient detox program. You’ll still get the benefits of on-going medical help. Whatever you decide, detox is the all-important first step toward sobriety.

For however long, your body has depended upon alcohol to function. If you suddenly take the alcohol away, chances are you will experience withdrawal symptoms, such as sweating, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, delirium tremors, irritability and/or seizures. Instead of going it alone, outpatient detox is a clinically supervised process, where you will be monitored and receive appropriate medicines to help you through each stage of withdrawal.


About Outpatient Detox for Alcoholism

Outpatient detox for alcoholism permits you to go home following each treatment session. You will go to the outpatienttreatment facility several times a week for blood testing, vital signs and medication monitoring.

Medical staff will track your current symptoms of withdrawal, levels of discomfort and recovery progress.

Note: If you feel outpatient detox is right for you, then only you can make it work. You must have a strong commitment for sobriety and a willingness to get help anytime you are in danger of relapse. You also need the supportive assistance of someone at home, who will oversee your progress.

The idea is for your body to rid itself of all vestiges of alcohol, in order to reach a “medically stable state”. Then, your medical professionals will help you taper off any withdrawal medications.


Benefits of Outpatient Detox for Alcoholism

The benefits outweigh the risks is medical terminology for go ahead and take that pill or get that treatment, because the benefits of something exceeds its potential risks. So, before you enroll in an outpatient detox program, let’s do a comparison of the benefits vs. risks. We’ll arm you with enough information to make an informed decision whether outpatient detox is right for you.

Living at home is the greatest benefit of choosing outpatient detox. You can maintain your employment and be with your spouse or family during the process, rather than being confined in a rehab center.

Outpatient detox is generally more cost-effective than inpatient treatment. Also, you’ll receive personalized treatment, as compared to a hospital-type setting (inpatient) where medical staff are busy with other rehab residents.


Risks of Outpatient Detox for Alcoholism

Medical professionals do not recommend outpatient detox for long term, chronic drinkers. Their intense withdrawal symptoms can be fatal if they aren’t dealt with in a hospital or rehab treatment center. If this applies to you, ensure medical staff is aware of your history of using alcohol.

The very flexibility, which is a benefit, is also a risk of outpatient detox. We’ll call it temptation. When you come home every day, it’s easy to obtain alcoholic drinks. In addition, the risk of relapse is greater, if there is a lot of drama in your home life, spouse is alcoholic, your teen is “troubled” etc.

Likely, you won’t experience the same level of support on an outpatient basis. As an inpatient in detox, medical professionals are available ‘round the clock. It is tremendously inspiring when you are with people who have walked in the same shoes, which are now walking the road to recovery.


Beyond Detox

Detox from alcoholism is a powerful part of getting sober. How you detox is a personal choice. Just be mindful of the potential risks if you detox at home.

Whether you choose outpatient or inpatient medical services, detox is only the first step of your journey to sobriety.