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Outpatient Alcohol Treatment and Coping with the Urge to Drink

Outpatient alcohol treatment is not recommended for all clients of alcohol abuse and addiction rehab because the structure of the treatment program calls for much greater focus, effort and commitment than the other program types. This is because clients are living out and about in the trigger-filled world outside of the treatment center for the entire course of treatment. The key to outpatient alcohol treatment success is to commit to a solid relapse prevention strategy.

The Outpatient Alcohol Treatment Experience

Outpatient alcohol treatment presents more challenges to recovery than its inpatient and partial hospitalization counterparts. As a client in outpatient care, you are exposed to daily triggers for alcohol use each day ranging from passing by places where alcohol may be obtained to seeing advertisements for alcohol. It’s necessary to avoid triggers and to fully commit and focus on treatment in order to see successful results.

Using Your Relapse Prevention Strategy

Relapse prevention strategies are your specialized tools for keeping your recovery process strong and stable. Use yours to support you through your outpatient alcohol treatment experience. First you make a note of what your triggers are. These triggers include general triggers or triggers that affect all clients of addiction (such as stress and boredom) as well as your personal triggers for alcohol abuse such as specific places you would go to abuse alcohol, the people who would abuse alcohol with you, et al. Next you come up with very specific plans of action for avoiding these triggers (or managing the trigger when it comes to stress) and you follow these each day. Your triggers should also be regularly updated for relevancy.

Having and using relapse prevention strategies is necessary for maintaining a strong recovery process during outpatient alcohol treatment as well as to continue to have a successful recovery long after your program has been completed. Stick close to your strategies and remember why you decided to go to outpatient alcohol treatment and consider all that you have learned thus far from the program. This can also help you resist the urge to consume alcohol.

Clients Most Recommended for Outpatient Alcohol Treatment

Most clients are recommended to attend either inpatient alcohol treatment or a partial hospitalization program at the outset of their recovery journey because of the dangers of harmful triggers and the more intensive nature of the program. Usually clients most recommended for outpatient alcohol treatment are clients who want to continue treatment immediately following a residential inpatient program.

If you or a woman you love is having problems with drug abuse, alcohol dependency or mental illness, women’s drug rehab may be the answer.  Remember that recovery from addition and alcohol abuse treatment means learning how to cope with intensely emotional situations, and identifying when you need help and support.  Treatment for addiction relapse, counseling and aftercare can help you do this, so please call us today.  Destination Hope: The Women’s Program is a full service addiction and women’s health treatment facility in Florida for women who suffer from substance abuse and behavioral health issues.